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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 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 Removal – Should You Call A Professional?

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Asbestos is gaining more traction now that more people realize its real danger. We see more about it through documentaries, movies, the news, and even magazine articles. These are all good signs, but we are still seeing a lot of people who do not realize how dangerous asbestos exposure can be. We are seeing people removing asbestos from their homes and burning or throwing it away without giving it a second thought. Asbestos removal and disposal are illegal unless you have the correct licenses. There are regulations in place to protect everyone from asbestos exposure, but people are still attempting to remove it themselves.

You Should Always Call A Professional For Asbestos Removal

Yes, asbestos abatement and removal may be a bit expensive, but is it worth your life? Asbestos abatement professionals have special gear and respirators that they wear to remove the hazardous fiber. We seal off areas to ensure no fibers can escape, and when we dispose of it, it is done in a safe and controlled manner. With that being said, never attempt asbestos removal. It could cost you your life. You may feel fine afterward, but asbestos fibers take decades before they start to show symptoms. You could end up with mesothelioma or lung cancer just from trying to remove asbestos from your property.

If you have asbestos on your property, it is crucial that you call an asbestos abatement company as soon as possible. They will be able to assess the situation and help you determine the best plan of action. Asbestos removal is very dangerous, and asbestos exposure can occur if you do not remove it from your property. A professional will be able to remove the asbestos from your property in a safe manner and ensure it is entirely removed and that you are safe. Give Asbestos Abatement Services a call today for all your asbestos abatement needs.

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5 Asbestos-Containing Materials The Could Be In Your Home

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Asbestos is still being found in properties throughout the United States, even newer and remodeled homes are at risk. Asbestos-containing materials can be found in many common areas of your home. Below, we will discuss 5 of the more common materials that are known to contain asbestos fibers.

Insulation

Insulation is one of the main places where we find asbestos in homes. Asbestos was used frequently in insulation for many years and is still being found in older and newer homes.

Roofing/Siding

Siding and roof shingles are known to contain asbestos as the fibers were used because of the durability and resistance to heat. Broken shingles or siding could cause asbestos fibers to float into the air and expose you.

Flooring and Tile

Flooring and tiles are a common place for asbestos fibers. Asbestos was used because it was strong and would hold up to a lot of foot traffic.

Drywall and Wallpaper

Drywall and wallpaper are often overlooked areas of concern, but asbestos was used in these materials. If you have an older home, it is best to have the property checked for asbestos.

Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Paint

Popcorn ceilings were all the rage, and many homes had them. Textured paint was also very popular. Both are known to contain asbestos fibers.

As you can see, asbestos could be in many different areas of your home. It is important to have your home inspected for asbestos. Even newer homes may have asbestos fibers. Risking asbestos exposure is not an option, as it can cause cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Asbestos Abatement Services provides testing and removal of asbestos from homes and businesses. If you are unsure if your home has been tested, give us a call today!

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The Asbestos Removal Process – 5 Things You Need To Know!

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Asbestos-containing materials are very hazardous to your health and can cause severe illnesses such as cancer. If your property contains asbestos, it is crucial that you have it removed as soon as possible. Below, Asbestos Abatement Services will discuss five things you need to know about asbestos removal and the process.

Asbestos Inspections and Testing

Asbestos testing and inspections are the first part of asbestos removal. These tests are completed by certified asbestos abatement professionals, and the results determine if your property contains asbestos and where it is located on the property. Without an asbestos test or inspection, there is no way to know if you have asbestos.

Asbestos Removal Is Different For Residential and Commercial Properties

Asbestos removal is an in-depth process that can take time to complete. Residential properties are usually completed faster than commercial properties. Residents are asked to vacate the premises for asbestos removal. It is safer and can be completed more quickly. Commercial properties often need to remain open during asbestos removal. This makes it more time-consuming. Areas will need to be sealed off while the asbestos removal takes place. This will need to be done for each area, and certain spots may remain closed for days. This all depends on the amount of asbestos-containing materials on the property.

Asbestos Cannot Be Seen and Is Easily Ingested

Asbestos is a deadly killer, as it cannot be seen. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and can float through the air or be found in dust. It is easily ingested through the mouth or nose. Asbestos exposure is never immediately known, making it very dangerous.

Asbestos Removal and Disposal Must be Completed By Licensed Professionals

It is unlawful to remove and dispose of asbestos without being licensed and certified. There are laws and regulations in place to protect you from asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers are very dangerous, and you can be fined for removing yourself. Always call a professional for asbestos removal.

Asbestos Removal Can Take Days

Asbestos removal is not an easy process and can take several days to complete. The amount of time it takes depends on many factors. If there is a lot of asbestos on the property, it will take longer. If the asbestos is in a large commercial building, it could take more days to remove safely.

If your property has asbestos, always call a professional such as Asbestos Abatement Services.

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Asbestos Inspections – Why Are They Important?

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Asbestos is still a problem in the United States, as it is not fully banned. Trace amounts of asbestos are allowed in different products, including construction materials. This is a problem because many people do not think that their newer homes could contain asbestos when, in reality, they might. Even trace amounts of asbestos can cause exposure and major respiratory illnesses. Below we will discuss the importance of asbestos inspections and proper testing.

Asbestos Inspections

Asbestos inspections and testing are a crucial part of your home inspections. When purchasing and selling a home, certain inspections are required. However, asbestos inspections are generally not on the list of requirements. Asbestos has been used in construction materials for decades and could be located on your property without your knowledge. The only way to know if your property does have asbestos-containing materials is through an asbestos test and inspection. These inspections are completed by certified asbestos abatement professionals. During the inspection, samples ill be taken from different areas of your property. Once the samples are collected, they will be secured and sent to a lab for accurate testing. Once the results of your asbestos test come back, options will be discussed if you have asbestos.

Asbestos inspections and testing are very important if you are purchasing a home or own a home that has yet to be tested. If you are purchasing a home, it is best to know if the property has asbestos. If so, you can ask that the seller remove the asbestos. Asbestos is very dangerous and can cause major illnesses to adults and children alike. To protect your family, an asbestos inspection and test are necessary, as you cannot see asbestos. Asbestos testing is the only way to know for sure if your property and family are safe from asbestos exposure.

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Asbestos and The Common Places It May Be on Your Property!

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Asbestos was used frequently in homes and businesses until the late 80s and early 90s. Unfortunately, asbestos is not banned in the United States and is still being found in newer properties. Home and business owners must know where asbestos could be hiding. Asbestos-containing materials can be found throughout homes and businesses, on the interior and the exterior. Below, we will discuss the everyday places we find asbestos.

Insulation

Insulation is the number one material that was made with asbestos. Asbestos is heat resistant and exceptionally durable. This makes asbestos perfect for insulation. Asbestos was used for years in insulation, and we are still finding homes and businesses that have copious amounts of asbestos-containing insulation.

Tiles and Flooring

As we mentioned above, asbestos is a durable fiber. Flooring experiences a lot of traffic, and your flooring and tile needs to be durable, so asbestos was great. Older flooring may contain asbestos, so you should never attempt to remove it yourself.

Roofs

Roofing shingles are exposed to the sun, rain, snow, and other elements each day. Asbestos, being heat resistant and durable, made it perfect for bonding roofing shingles together. If you have an older roof, it could have asbestos, making you at risk for asbestos exposure.

Textured Walls and Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings and textured walls were originally completed using asbestos. While this practice is not used anymore, it would be wise to have any textured areas of your home or business tested.

Drywall

Drywall is used throughout your home or business and may contain asbestos. Asbestos was common as a bonding agent for drywall.

Older homes and businesses are at a greater risk of having asbestos, but we see newer properties containing asbestos. As a property owner, it is wise to have your home tested for asbestos. It not only shows your home or business is safe for future remodels, but it also ensures the safety of anyone entering your property!

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Asbestos Removal – When is the Perfect Time for Asbestos Removal?

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Find out that you have asbestos in your home or business can be stressful. This is especially the cause if you are very unfamiliar with asbestos and its many dangers. When should you have it removed? Am I at risk of exposure? How dangerous is asbestos? These are all valid questions that we will answer. Asbestos is highly dangerous, as it can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure also causes severe respiratory illnesses. Asbestos fibers are very hazardous and should be avoided at all costs.

When Is The Best Time For Asbestos Removal?

When it comes to asbestos, there is no time like the present. Asbestos should be removed from the property immediately to ensure no one becomes exposed. If your home or business suffers from asbestos, it is not in our best interest to wait for Summer, Spring, or Fall. While Summer has excellent weather and a lot less rain, any time is a good time for asbestos removal, since it is such a risk to your health and well being. Removing asbestos is a complex job that requires planning. Your asbestos abatement professional will work closely with you to find the perfect time to remove the asbestos from your property.

Asbestos Abatement Services removes asbestos 365 days a year. Our team works around the weather and can remove asbestos during any season from both residential and commercial properties. We have the proper knowledge and equipment to ensure the asbestos-containing materials are safely removed from your property. If you are still unsure or uneasy about the process, it is fine to ask questions. We want you to feel comfortable during the asbestos removal process. From start to finish, our team will be available to answer all questions and keep you informed of the process.

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Asbestos and Childhood Exposure – Yes, It Is A Possibility!

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If we told you children were being diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses, would you believe us? We are now seeing an influx of childhood cases of mesothelioma and cancer from asbestos exposure. You may ask us how is this possible? Aren’t people usually exposed at their jobs? While most cases of asbestos exposure happen at job sites, it is becoming more common for secondary asbestos exposure to occur. We are seeing more women and children with asbestos-related illnesses. The numbers are shocking. Asbestos Abatement Services wants to keep you safe, so we will discuss a few ways better to protect your family and children from asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Testing

It is crucial that you have an asbestos test completed on your property. It does not matter if the property is newly built or from the 1980s. There is still a chance the home contains asbestos. Asbestos has not been entirely banned in the United States and is still being used in some construction materials. Even though the amounts are small, it can still cause exposure.

What Should You Do If A Member Of Your Family Works Near Asbestos?

Laws and regulations have been enacted to safeguard workers from asbestos exposure. However, this is not always the case. Many times, the source of asbestos exposure is unknown and could have happened at the worksite. Work clothes, shoes, and lunch bags can easily contain asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are hook-like and can attach and latch on to clothing. Once on clothing, the asbestos can enter your home. Once inside the home, it can become attached to you and your children’s clothes. The best way to offer protection is to change clothes and shower before you leave the job site. You should also wash your work clothes separately from other clothes.
As you can see, there are a few ways children can become exposed to asbestos. By taking the proper precautions, you should be able to protect your family from asbestos exposure.