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Asbestos and The Dangers it Poses to Your Home

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With the latest information circling around about asbestos, it is no surprise that people are learning to fear asbestos exposure. While this can be scary for many people, it is great that more people are becoming more aware of asbestos exposure and its many dangers. Does your home have asbestos? If so, what type of dangers could it cause? Asbestos Abatement Services has the answers below!

What are the dangers of asbestos in my home?

The main danger you risk is exposure. While it may not sound bad, it is. Asbestos exposure is different than other types of exposures and illnesses. Once asbestos enters your body, it latches on and stays there. One time of asbestos exposure can cause respiratory problems, heart issues, and even cancer. Unfortunately, asbestos exposure symptoms do not appear as soon as you are exposed. In some cases, symptoms do not occur for decades. This is what makes asbestos exposure so dangerous.

If your home has asbestos-containing materials, you run the risk of exposing your entire family without their knowledge. Asbestos cannot be seen, as it is exceedingly small and mixed with other materials to construct your home. Luckily, there are tests that will reveal if your home has any asbestos on the property. Asbestos abatement professionals are certified to complete testing on your property that is then sent to a laboratory for testing. If your property contains asbestos, the professionals will help you determine the right way to remove the asbestos. Asbestos-containing materials cannot stay in your home. As they breakdown or become worn or damaged, they become dangerous. Once damaged, you risk exposure. Asbestos can be in your drywall, wallpaper, flooring, roofing, and even insulation. Asbestos is very dangerous to your home and family, as it can cause mesothelioma and other life-threatening illnesses.

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Asbestos and Lead Removal – The Importance

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Asbestos and lead are two of the more dangerous materials that can be found in your home or business. Both can make you extremely ill, and there is no way to know if your property contains asbestos or lead without the proper testing. Asbestos Abatement Services provides asbestos and lead testing and removal services. Below, we will discuss the significance of asbestos and lead removal.

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos is hazardous; we all know that. We see it on the news, in commercials, and magazines. We all hear about mesothelioma and how dangerous it is, but no one talks about asbestos removal. Asbestos could be in your home as you read this, waiting to expose you and your family. Asbestos cannot be seen, as it is mixed with other materials. Asbestos can only be found through testing. If your home has asbestos, there is a chance that you could be risking exposure to your family. Asbestos Abatement Services can test your home and provide asbestos abatement of any asbestos on your property. It is essential to have your property tested for asbestos, as it does cause respiratory illnesses, cancer, and even death.

Lead Removal

The lead was used in paint for many years until it was finally banned. Even though lead has been banned in paint, we still see homes and businesses with lead paint. Lead paint can lead to lead poisoning, which is very hazardous to children, the elderly, and women who are pregnant. Even remodeled homes are likely to have lead paint, as the paint is usually not removed during a remodel; a fresh coat is added. If your home has never been tested for lead paint, now is the time. A simple test could save your family from lead poisoning in the future. Lead poisoning can cause cognitive problems, seizures, and comas.

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Asbestos and The Dangers of Home Remodels

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Remodeling your home is one of the more exciting parts of owning a home, but it also comes with hazards. Asbestos exposure usually occurs during a home remodel. If you are thinking about remodeling your home, it is best to have the property inspected by a certified asbestos abatement professional. Asbestos-containing materials could be in most areas of your home. Below we will discuss some common asbestos-containing materials.

Insulation

Insulation is the number one location that we usually find asbestos. Asbestos was used in insulation for decades, and there are still traces in some newer types of insulation. Before you remodel and remove any insulation from your property, have it checked by an asbestos abatement professional.

Roofing and Flooring

Roofing and flooring are two areas that usually contain asbestos. Asbestos is durable and can stand up to high traffic and heat. This makes it the perfect addition to roofing and flooring. Always hire a professional for your roofing needs. If you are replacing your flooring, have it tested before you begin the project!

Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Paint

Popcorn ceilings and textured paints are often used to give your home a unique look. Unfortunately, asbestos was the main ingredient for popcorn ceilings and textured paint. If you are planning on removing the ceilings or paint, it is vital that you have it tested for asbestos. If it contains asbestos, it will need to be removed by a professional.

As you can see, commonly remodeled areas are known to contain asbestos. The only way to protect yourself and your family is by hiring an asbestos abatement professional to check your property before you do any remodels. Remodels will disturb the asbestos-containing materials, which will cause asbestos exposure. Play it safe and have your home checked before you begin any remodels or construction.

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Common Asbestos-Related Illnesses

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Asbestos is linked to many different illnesses, including some that are quite severe. From lung scarring to mesothelioma, the list of asbestos-related diseases is never-ending. However, there a some that are more common than others. Below, we will discuss the more common asbestos-related illnesses.

Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma

Asbestos is most known for causing mesothelioma. We see lawyers talking about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure in the media. Mesothelioma is caused only by asbestos exposure. It can affect your lungs, abdomen, and heart. Lung cancer is also commonly thought of when discussing asbestos illnesses. Lung cancer alongside mesothelioma is the most fatal of all asbestos-related illnesses.

Asbestosis

Lung diseases are also common with asbestos exposure, and asbestosis is the most common. Lung scarring and inflammation cause chest tightness and severe shortness of breath. Asbestosis is not as deadly as mesothelioma, but it can cause other illnesses that could lead to death.

Pleural Plaques

Pleural plaques can make breathing difficult because calcified buildups form on the pleural membrane. This is not one of the more asbestos-related severe illnesses, but it is very common.

Pleural Effusions

A pleural effusion is caused by fluid builds up in the pleural membrane. It can collect in the chest cavity, between your lungs and ribs, which can cause shortness of breath. Alone pleural effusions are not deadly, but when coupled with mesothelioma, it can become deadly.

As you can see, asbestos-related illnesses all have some form of shortness of breath. Asbestos exposure is often deadly and can cause people of years of respiratory illnesses. If your home or business has not yet been tested for asbestos, now is the time. Asbestos exposure can happen in your own home. Protect your loved ones by having an asbestos inspection and test completed.

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Asbestos Inspections and Home Buying

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If you are in the market for a new home, it is important that you know about inspections. Most home inspections do not include asbestos. There are no laws that require asbestos inspections when purchasing a property. However, it is important that you know what an asbestos inspection is and why it is important before purchasing your next home.

What is an Asbestos Inspection?

Certified asbestos abatement professionals only complete asbestos inspections. This is a law, and the asbestos inspection will include all areas of your property. The asbestos inspection is very thorough, as samples will be taken, then checked by a lab for the presence of asbestos. Asbestos inspections and testing is very accurate and could save your life.

Why Do I Need One?

Purchasing a new home is exciting, but you should never let the excitement cloud your judgment. Asbestos inspections are an important part of home buying. If your property contains asbestos, you can ask the seller to have the asbestos removed or ask for a lower selling price for the property to have the asbestos removed. Knowing that your property has asbestos will also allow you to protect your family. Your home is a safe space and should be free from any dangers such as asbestos. Asbestos can cause different types of cancer and death. A simple inspection of your new home could keep you and your family safe.

As you can see, asbestos inspections and testing is a very important and vital part of your home buying. Before you sign any papers, ask for an asbestos inspection and test. Taking the extra steps and precautions is worth it to know your home is safe and free from asbestos-containing materials!

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Common Myths About Asbestos

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When it comes to asbestos facts, many myths are simply not true. It is hard, to tell the truth from the myths. Luckily, Asbestos Abatement Services is here better to educate you on asbestos and its many dangers. Below, we will discuss five myths about asbestos that many people believe.

Asbestos Exposure Only Occurs At Jobs

Asbestos exposure can happen in any property, including the environment. Asbestos is naturally growing. While many people are affected while doing their jobs, many people are exposed inside their own homes. Buildings and homes were both build using asbestos-containing materials. This creates a greater risk of exposure at home.

Asbestos is Banned in The United States

While it has been proven how dangerous asbestos exposure is, asbestos is not fully banned in the United States. There are now regulations and laws to help protect workers from asbestos, but asbestos is not completely banned. Asbestos is still being found in certain materials throughout the United States.

Mesothelioma Only Affects Men

At one point, the majority of mesothelioma diagnoses were men. Today, we are seeing an increase in women and even children being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. More people are becoming exposed to work, school, and home. This is leading to a rise in women and children.

Short Term Asbestos Exposure Is Not Serious

Asbestos exposure is serious. It doesn’t matter if you were exposed once or 50 times. The results will likely be the same. Asbestos fibers are tiny and enter your body through your mouth or nose, where it becomes lodged in your lungs. Once in your lungs, asbestos begins to cause scarring. This can lead to asbestosis, plaques, and cancer.

Newer Homes Do Not Contain Asbestos

Owning a newer home does not mean you are safe from asbestos exposure. We have found newer homes containing materials that include asbestos. Even small amounts of asbestos are not safe and can cause life-threatening illnesses.

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Asbestos Exposure Signs and Symptoms

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We see mesothelioma all over the news and media, but we never hear of other illnesses that stem from asbestos exposure. What are the signs and symptoms of asbestos exposure? No one ever discusses what you should be looking for, and when to see a doctor. Below, Asbestos Abatement Services will discuss several signs and symptoms of asbestos exposure and what you should do!

Asbestos Exposure causes inflammation of the lungs and respiratory systems. Unfortunately, these symptoms take years and sometimes decades to show up. An extended period of time generally goes between being exposed to asbestos and having symptoms from asbestos. That is what makes asbestos exposure so deadly. You cannot see it and will not know if you have been exposed or not. However, you can look for symptoms and let your doctor know.

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is one of the main symptoms that stem from asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers are ingested through the nose or mouth, where it enters your lungs. These asbestos fibers will slowly begin to scar your lung tissue, which in turn makes it harder to breathe. If you notice shortness of breath, it is crucial that you see your doctor as soon as possible.

Fatigue

Fatigue can be the cause of many different illnesses, but it is also a symptom of asbestos exposure, especially for illnesses like mesothelioma and lung cancer. If you have no known reason for fatigue, see your doctor for a check-up!

Swollen Fingertips

Swollen fingertips or cubbing of the fingers appear in about half of asbestosis cases. Asbestosis is a manageable disease that only occurs from asbestos exposure. If you have swollen fingertips, see your doctor as it may be from an asbestos-related illness.

Wheezing and Dry Cough

Wheezing and coughing are both signs of a respiratory illness. If you have one or both, you should see your doctor, especially if you may have been exposed to asbestos. Wheezing and a dry cough starts when scar tissue forms from the asbestos fibers in your lungs.

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Holiday Decorations and Asbestos Dangers

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Winter weather is here, and with the colder weather comes several holidays. Holidays are usually spent with family and friends, and many people decorate their homes for all of the different holidays. Some buy new decorations yearly, while others may use decorations that were handed down from their family. Holiday decorations make your home unique, and it is a fun way to show your personality, but some decorations could contain asbestos, especially if they are older or imported. Below, we will discuss a few types of holiday decorations that could have asbestos-containing materials.

Lighting

Lighting is one of the main types of decorations that are known to contain asbestos. The main reason is because of the heat, the lighting emits. Asbestos is very heat resistant, and it was perfect for strings of lighting. If your strands of lighting are older, replace it as it could contain asbestos or even be a fire hazard.

Trees

Older artificial trees may contain asbestos. Asbestos is strong and resistant to heat, making it perfect for artificial trees. If your tree is older or has begun to become worn, replace it with a newer version or purchase a live tree!

Outdoor Decorations

A lot of older outdoor decorations have been found to contain asbestos, especially if they include lighting. If your older decorations are breaking or have become damaged, throw them away. While it may be hard to get rid of older decorations that have been in your family for decades, it may be a smart choice for you and your family.

As you can see, several different types of holiday decorations could contain asbestos. Asbestos was used in a lot of materials for decades and holiday decorations were one of the areas it was used. If you do have some older decorations, it is time to upgrade. You never want to put your family at risk for asbestos exposure.

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Asbestos Removal Is Still Possible During The Winter Months

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Winter weather can hinder a lot of plans, but asbestos abatement is not one of them. While it may be easier to remove asbestos at other times of the year, Winter asbestos removal is standard. Asbestos exposure is a real danger and is not something that should be put off for the seasons to change. If your home or business has asbestos, act fast.

How Do I Know If I Have Asbestos On My Property?

Asbestos-containing materials are still found in older homes, even after remodels. Some newer properties are also being tested and found to have asbestos. If your property has never been tested for asbestos, now is the time. Asbestos testing is the only real way to know if you have asbestos-containing materials.

What is an Asbestos Test?

Asbestos abatement professionals administer an asbestos test. The test consists of samples taken from your property and sent to a lab for further readings. These tests are incredibly accurate and the only true way to know if there is asbestos on your property.

Should I Have a Test Completed?

The answer is always YES! Asbestos testing is a simple way to know if your home or business contains asbestos. If the property does have asbestos, it is crucial that you have it removed as soon as possible. Winter weather and asbestos removal can be completed and is done daily in the United States. Be safe and have the asbestos removed sooner rather than later!

While Winter weather can make asbestos removal a bit more difficult for everyone involved, it is never something you want to wait to have removed. Asbestos caused cancer and other very serious illnesses. Asbestos exposure can happen in your own home or property, which is the one place where you should feel safe. Let us help!

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Asbestos and High-Risk Jobs That Can Lead To Exposure

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Asbestos exposure is a genuine problem that is just now gaining traction. Asbestos exposure caused devastating illnesses like cancer, which can lead to death. Asbestos exposure and the illnesses that occur from the exposure has been around for centuries, but it is not until the last few decades that laws and regulations were put in place to protect people while at their jobs. Below we will discuss some of the higher risk jobs, and the results might surprise you.

While some jobs have higher exposure rates, many common job sites have been found to have asbestos and cause exposure. You may be shocked to learn some professions that could be at risk.

Shipyard/Ship Workers

Ships contained a lot of asbestos. Shipyard workers were at a very high risk of asbestos exposure. Ship workers, including the military, were also at significant risk for exposure, as they worked on ships for extended periods of time. Asbestos is no longer allowed in ships’ construction, but many older ships still have asbestos, making exposure high.

Miners

Asbestos is a naturally growing fiber that is located in many areas where miners work. Unfortunately, even with protection, miners are at a higher risk for asbestos exposure.

Boilermakers

Asbestos is a heat resistant fiber. This made it great for boilers and any areas exposed to heat for extended periods. Boilermakers were highly exposed to asbestos, and many still are.

Hospital and School Staff

Surprisingly, hospital and school staff are at risk of asbestos exposure. Many older buildings still contain asbestos. These buildings are often home to hospitals and schools. While there are plans in place to protect workers, the possibility is still there.

Construction Workers

Asbestos was used in a lot of construction materials. While asbestos is no longer used in most construction materials, the risk is still there for construction workers. Asbestos-containing materials are still being found in buildings throughout the U.S.