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Asbestos Removal During the Winter – Is it Possible?

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We all know the dangers of asbestos. We have heard it causes mesothelioma and even death, but what do you know about asbestos removal? Can asbestos be removed during the Winter? Do I need to wait to have it removed? Do I hire a professional? Below, we have all the answers you need to know about asbestos removal during the winter months.

Can We Remove it During the Winter?

Asbestos can be removed year-round. Asbestos is a very dangerous fiber that has strict laws and regulations. If your property has asbestos-containing materials, they need to be removed at once. Waiting to remove asbestos from your property is never a good idea. During the time you are waiting, it could become damaged. Once damaged it becomes airborne and can float to other areas of your home and expose your entire family.

Should I wait till it is Warmer to Remove the Asbestos?

As we said above, never wait to remove asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos is such a hazard to you and your family. Asbestos exposure can be deadly. You should never wait until the weather seems nice to remove asbestos. Asbestos abatement companies have the proper equipment to remove asbestos year round safely. It is our job, and we know how to do it each season. If you have asbestos, have a certified asbestos abatement company remove it as soon as possible.

While removing asbestos during the Winter has its own set of challenges, it can be done correctly. Never try to remove asbestos unless you have the correct licenses for removal. It is illegal to remove or dispose of asbestos without the proper certifications. If your home contains asbestos, contact your local asbestos removal specialist. They will form a plan and begin the safe removal of asbestos from your property, whether it be Winter or Summer, they have the tools and equipment for removal!

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Asbestos Exposure and Protecting Your Loved Ones

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Seeing asbestos exposure and the illnesses that stem from it has become a hot topic. It has also become a concern for many Americans on how to keep their families safe from asbestos exposure. We get a lot of questions from concerned clients about asbestos. Many do not understand the full scope of the dangers of asbestos and where it could be in their homes. They always want to know what they can do to protect their families. Below, we will discuss a few easy ways you can protect your family from asbestos.

Be Knowledgeable

Being knowledgeable is half the battle. While you don’t need to be an expert on asbestos and asbestos exposure, it is important to understand what it is, where it comes from, and where it could be located. Knowing it could be in your home is half the battle.

Asbestos Inspections and Testing

The main way to protect your family is by ensuring your home is asbestos-free. This can be done by a certified asbestos abatement professional. Asbestos testing consists of a thorough inspection of your property. Samples will be taken and tested in a lab for accuracy. If your home does contain asbestos, it will need to be removed as soon as possible.

Asbestos Removal

Hiring a professional for asbestos removal is the only safe way to have it removed. Removing asbestos yourself is illegal. You must have proper licensing to remove and safely dispose of asbestos. Asbestos professionals have respirators, suits, and equipment to ensure the asbestos never leaves the area they are working in. They also will check that all asbestos has been removed from your property.

The best way to protect your family from learning more about asbestos and teaching your family members. If everyone is aware of the dangers of asbestos and what to look for, they will be able to prevent exposure. Asbestos Abatement Services wants to educate our clients on asbestos and its dangers. Our blog is one of the ways we provide life-saving information.

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5 Facts About Asbestos

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Asbestos has been on the news, on billboards, in magazines, and all over the internet, but do you really know everything you should about asbestos? Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma and lung cancer and other horrible diseases, but what else is there no to know? Asbestos-related illnesses were caused by working conditions, but is that all you need to know? Did you know you and your family could be at risk? Well, you could be at risk, and the dangers could be inside your home. The one place you should feel safe and protected. Below, we will discuss 5 facts about asbestos that you need to know to protect you and your family!

Asbestos Could Be In Newer Homes

Asbestos is not banned in the United States, meaning it could still be showing up in construction materials. Most asbestos-containing materials are found in homes that were built before the late 80s. However, we are seeing newer homes that have asbestos.

Asbestos-Related Illnesses Do Not Show Up Immediately

Unlike cases of flu and viruses, exposure to asbestos can take decades to show up in the form of illnesses. Most people that have mesothelioma were exposed 20 or more years prior. The same holds true for asbestosis and other asbestos-related illnesses. You must protect yourself from being exposed to asbestos.

It is Illegal to Remove and Dispose of Asbestos

Special licenses and certifications are needed to remove and securely dispose of asbestos. It is a hazardous material that can make a lot of people sick. If your home has asbestos, contact a professional. Don’t risk illnesses or repercussions from the law.

Asbestos Has Been Used For Centuries

Egyptians and others used asbestos for pottery and textiles centuries ago. Asbestos was naturally growing and was found to be heat resistant and durable early on. There are also documented cases of illness from asbestos very early on.

Asbestos Fibers Can Travel

Asbestos fibers are very small and can float through the air and attack to clothing. If you come into contact with asbestos, you can easily bring it into your home or other areas on your clothing, shoes, and even lunchbox. Never remove asbestos-containing materials. It is very dangerous.

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Asbestos Dangers During Major Home Remodels

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Home remodels can be very exciting, but at the same time, dangerous. Yes, all home remodels come with dangers, but homes with asbestos-containing materials can cause exposure and death. It is important to know your home’s condition and asbestos status before jumping into any remodels. Most contractors are hired to complete a job and will not even question if you have asbestos. If you are unsure, it is important to contact an asbestos professional to have your home checked. This is for the safety of everyone.

Remodeling your home often disturbs certain areas that are prone to contain asbestos. Surprisingly, almost every area of your home could contain asbestos materials. Some of those areas are as follows:
• Roofing
• Insulation
• Flooring and Tile
• Wallpaper
• Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Walls

As you can see, most areas of your home could contain asbestos. When remodeling, you are usually removing or updating at least a couple of the items listed above. If the home has not been tested for asbestos, you can easily release the fibers into the air, where they can travel through your air ducts to other areas of your home.

It is also illegal to remove and dispose of asbestos-containing materials. For your safety and the safety of everyone around you, have the home checked prior to remodeling. Asbestos-containing materials are generally not harmful until they are disturbed or worn down and broken. These items are often times destroyed as they are being removed for remodels, releasing asbestos-containing particles into the air. Asbestos is usually found in older homes, but some newer homes have been found to contain asbestos. This is why we recommend all homes and businesses have an asbestos inspection and test completed before remodeling or demolition. Asbestos is known to cause life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer and respiratory failure.

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Asbestos Removal – Why Should I Hire a Professional?

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Hiring as an asbestos removal specialist isn’t only for your safety. It is also the law. It is illegal to remove and dispose of asbestos-containing materials without the proper licenses. Asbestos Abatement Services is a certified and licensed asbestos removal company. Below we will discuss asbestos, exposure, and the removal process.

Why is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos has been used for centuries in all types of products, but it is used mostly in construction materials. Thee construction materials are what make up your home and commercial properties. Asbestos is fine until it begins to wear down or is disturbed through remodels. Once this happens, asbestos can easily float through the air and enter your lungs. Unfortunately, there are no immediate signs of asbestos exposure, and it can take decades before it rears its ugly head. Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancers, and severe respiratory problems that can all lead to death. You must never come into contact with asbestos.

How Do I Prevent Asbestos Exposure?

The easiest way to protect yourself from asbestos exposure is through an asbestos test. This test is completed on homes and businesses to determine if asbestos is present in construction materials. If they are, then you will need to have the asbestos removed. Asbestos removal is a very complicated process that involves special suits, respirators, and equipment to seal off areas and to contain the asbestos for transport and disposal. Certified asbestos removal companies take every precaution possible to ensure no one is exposed to asbestos and that the entire property is clear from its dangers.

If you own an older home or business, it is crucial to have it checked for asbestos. An asbestos test and safe removal can save the lives of you and your family.

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Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure

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Asbestos exposure symptoms can be tricky. While exposure to asbestos eventually causes symptoms, it often doesn’t occur for decades after the exposure. Asbestos exposure symptoms oftentimes mimic that of other respiratory illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose. Many times symptoms do not occur for 20 or more years. While it may be challenging to diagnose, there are ways to determine if you have an asbestos-related illness. If your symptoms last all year, you may have an asbestos-related illness. Below we will discuss the main symptoms of asbestos exposure and the illnesses that accompany those symptoms. If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, see your doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis is key to treatment.

The most common asbestos-related symptoms mimic those of allergies, sinuses, and colds. Below are the more common symptoms:
• Respiratory Illnesses
• Tightness of Chest
• Lung Disease
• Prolonged Dry Cough
• Itchy or Watery Eyes
• Shortness of Breath
• Weight Loss
• Chest Pain

As you can see, these symptoms are often related to other illnesses. You will need to have a battery of tests and bloodwork completed to determine if it is asbestos-related.

Severe Symptoms and Illnesses of Asbestos Exposure Include the Following:
• Mesothelioma
• Lung Cancer
• Fluid Buildup in the Abdomen, Neck, and Chest Cavity
• Finger Clubbing
• Nail Deformities
• Loss of Appetite
• Asbestosis
• Pleural Thickening

Asbestos exposure is hazardous and can cause cancer and even death. Asbestos fibers are so small that you do not realize you have been exposed. The fibers can easily be ingested or breathed in. If you live in an older home, have it tested for asbestos. If you have any of the above symptoms, see your doctor. It is crucial to find out if you have an asbestos-related illness. Most illnesses are treatable if detected early.

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Household Items that Could Contain Asbestos

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Asbestos is known for being used in construction materials, but did you know it could also be used in ordinary household items? Surprisingly, asbestos fibers have been used in everything from appliances to children’s toys. Below we will discuss some items that could contain this dangerous minerals.

Household Appliances

Some appliances have been known to use asbestos fibers to prevent them from overheating or catching fire. Asbestos fibers are naturally heat resistant, meaning they can withstand high temperatures.
• Broilers
• Crock Pots
• Deep Fryers
• Ovens
• Dryers
• Popcorn Machines
• Dishwashers
• Toasters

While the above items are no longer made with asbestos fibers, it is best to be safe. If you have any older appliances, you may want to have them replaced and purchase a newer model.

Toys

It is alarming to know that some toys have been known to have small amounts of asbestos fibers and lead. Both can lead to exposure and poisoning. There have been reports of asbestos in toys as late as the early 2000s. If you have children, it is best to keep an eye on the products and toys you purchase for your children.
• Clay
• Crayons
• Finger Print Toys
• Sculpting Materials

Personal Use Items

In the past, some personal use items have been known to have asbestos. While they no longer contain asbestos any older items should be thrown away for your safety. Below are a few items to look out for!
• Heaters
• Electric Blankets
• Baby Powder
• Curling Irons

As you can see, there have been several types of items that once contained asbestos fibers. If you have any older items, it is best to throw them away. If you have been using older items and have severe respiratory symptoms, see a doctor and let them know you may have been exposed to asbestos.

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A Brief History of Asbestos Use

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Asbestos has been in the media so much, we all feel as if we are experts on it. The truth is we are still learning about the effects of asbestos exposure on our body, but we do have some interesting historical facts to help you better understand asbestos and the illnesses it causes. Our number one goal is to educate everyone on the dangers of asbestos to ensure you stay asbestos-free. Below are some interesting facts about asbestos.

• Asbestos is known for it being heat resistant. Its origin is Greek, and it means inextinguishable.
• Asbestos was first mentioned in 300BC by a Greek philosopher named Theophrastus.
• Asbestos was first mined around 5000BC in areas of Finland, Sweden, and Greece.
• The first mention of asbestos exposure and health was in the 12th Century by a Roman Naturalist.
• A Roman Emperor by the name of Charlemagne died of pleurisy in 814 and was said to have textiles made with asbestos fibers.
• Asbestos fibers were used in construction during the 1700s as it was cheap and fire-resistant.
• An Italian Scientist used asbestos fibers in fireproof clothing in 1820.
• In 1908 The Federal Employers Liability Act was passed to protect railroad workers from asbestos exposure.
• Asbestosis, which is a severe respiratory illness was first confirmed in 1924
• Lawsuits over asbestos exposure first occurred in 1973, and many more have followed ever since.

Asbestos fibers have been used for a very long time, and documentation shows it caused illnesses centuries ago. Why was it still used in the United States? Asbestos is fire-resistant, inexpensive, and very durable. It was the perfect fiber to bond with construction materials. It was used in construction materials, vehicles, ships, and even in the military. Asbestos-related illnesses are at an all-time high and unfortunately asbestos isn’t completely banned in the United States.

Is It Possible for Asbestos to be in My New Home?

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When you think of asbestos, you think of older homes and buildings. You also think of miners, shipyard workers, and other blue-collar jobs. You do not think of asbestos in your new home, but the reality is, your new home could contain asbestos fibers. Asbestos is not banned in America, meaning imported items more than likely contain trace amounts of asbestos. Asbestos has been used in building materials for decades and is still being used. While it is more likely for older homes and buildings to contain asbestos, some new homes and buildings have asbestos-containing materials.

What Should I Do?

The only way to know if your new home or building contains asbestos is through a certified asbestos removal company. They have the proper licenses to test your property for asbestos. Asbestos testing is completed on every area of your property, and the samples are sent off to a lab for testing. These tests are highly accurate and can pick up even the smallest amounts of asbestos. If your property does contain small amounts of asbestos, it is best to have it removed.

Asbestos Removal

While asbestos is not dangerous until it is disturbed, it is best to have it removed, even from newer homes and businesses. A strong storm or a tiny remodel can cause damages to the asbestos-containing material. Asbestos fibers will then float into the air, and you will ingest them through your nose or mouth. That is what makes asbestos so dangerous. You will not know you were exposed for decades. Asbestos fibers stay dormant for up to 70 years in your body, then the fibers cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, or other severe respiratory problems. If your newer property has asbestos, have it removed immediately by a certified asbestos removal company. The safe removal and disposal will give you peace of mind for years to come.

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The Future of Asbestos in the United States

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As asbestos sits in the middle of controversy, it still has a long way to go. Laws and regulations are being enacted every day, but we still have a way to go in protecting the people of the United States from asbestos exposure. Asbestos caused cancers and other illnesses that can be life-threatening, yet asbestos is still not banned in the United States. Below we will discuss the future of asbestos in America.

Job Protection

Most older cases of asbestos exposure were from jobs such as mining, construction, shipyard workers, and military personnel. Today, even more, occupations are at the forefront of the war on asbestos exposure. School teachers, car technicians, and factory workers are now showing illnesses from asbestos exposure. Laws and regulations are being put in place to protect workers, but it isn’t enough. Many laws and regulations are not followed the way they should be, allowing workers to become exposed. Many buildings still contain asbestos. Schools, older buildings, and even homes are still testing positive for asbestos-containing materials. Luckily, scientist, doctors, and lawmakers have begun to take notice of the asbestos crisis. This should lead to even more laws and regulations on asbestos.

Asbestos is Still Legal

After all the lawsuits and illnesses involving exposure t thiss hazardous fiber, asbestos is still legal in the United States. While it is being better regulated, asbestos is still being seen in some construction materials, car parts, and heat resistant items. With asbestos not being banned, it could be inside newer homes and buildings. All buildings and homes should be tested and inspected for asbestos, as it is the only way we will ever be able to stop asbestos exposure.

If you own a home or business, you must have the property tested for asbestos. Asbestos fibers are so small, they can not be seen, making it impossible to know if your property has it. They only way is through lab testing. While we have made strides in protecting the United States from asbestos exposure, we still have a way to go. The only way to protect yourself is by testing your property and being aware of your working conditions.