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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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Burning and Removing Asbestos Is Illegal. Hire a Professional!

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Asbestos is a very hazardous material that requires laws and regulations protecting workers in the United States. Commercial properties must adhere to more regulations than residential properties, but even residential properties have laws surrounding asbestos removal. Below, we will discuss asbestos removal, burning, demolition. 

Asbestos Demolition

Commercial properties must be tested for asbestos prior to demolition. This is to ensure everyone is protected from asbestos exposure. During the demolition of buildings, debris and dust can easily float through the air and travel, exposing people without their knowledge. If a building has asbestos, it will need to be removed by asbestos abatement professionals who can remove and dispose of it safely and legally.

Asbestos Removal

Removal of asbestos is illegal for those without the proper credentials. Asbestos abatement companies have special licenses and certifications to remove and dispose of asbestos. If you do not have the appropriate licenses, you can be fined for removing asbestos. It is important always to hire a professional to remove asbestos from homes and businesses, as asbestos exposure can cause cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Asbestos Burning

Some people who do remodels decide to burn their debris instead of hiring someone to remove it. While this is legal in some areas, there is a risk of asbestos exposure through burning. If any debris contains asbestos fibers, the burning process can allow asbestos fibers to enter the outdoor air and enter your neighbor’s homes, affecting them in the process.

Before doing any home remodels, demolition projects, or burning debris, check local laws, and have your property tested for asbestos. Asbestos testing is a simple but thorough process that could save the lives of many people in the area. Asbestos testing should be completed by a licensed asbestos removal specialist to ensure the accuracy of the results.

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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.

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Asbestos Abatement – Why Should I Hire an Asbestos Abatement Professional?

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Asbestos-related illnesses are all over the news and in the media. We are seeing an increase in mesothelioma cases, as well as other illnesses stemming from asbestos exposure. With a huge focus on the severe illnesses, it is no surprise that more people are becoming aware of the dangers of asbestos. At Asbestos Abatement Services, we receive many calls asking if they need an asbestos abatement professional. Below, we will discuss a few reasons why it is vital that you hire an asbestos abatement professional.

It is Unlawful To Remove and Dispose of Asbestos-Containing Materials Without the Proper Licenses

It always comes as a shock to people when we let them know that it is actually illegal for them to remove asbestos themselves. There are laws and regulations for asbestos regarding removal and disposal. Yes, having this dangerous material removed professionally can be a bit pricey, but it can also save your life. Some laws and regulations have been put in place to ensure people are protected from asbestos exposure. One of those ways is through removal and disposing of asbestos from properties. If your home or business has asbestos, always hire a certified abatement professional.

Asbestos Exposure Causes Cancer

Asbestos causes cancer and many other terrible illnesses. If you can protect yourself from those illnesses, you should do everything in your power to do so. Asbestos abatement professionals have suits and tools to help them remove the asbestos safely from your property. Asbestos exposure should be prevented at all costs.

Protect Your Family

Asbestos abatement professionals provide asbestos testing in homes and businesses. Samples will be taken and sent to a laboratory for accurate results. This simple act can protect your family from asbestos exposure. Older and even newer homes may have asbestos-containing materials. It is best to find out more anyone in your family becomes exposed.

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Asbestos Inspections and Purchasing a New Property

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Purchasing a new home or property is very exciting, but with it comes inspections. Inspections should always be completed on any home or property you intend to purchase. Most people know of the basic inspections that check the foundation, roof, and general construction, but what about asbestos inspections? Asbestos inspections are not required and or generally not requested by the seller or purchaser. Below, we will discuss the importance of an asbestos inspection before purchasing any property.

What is an Asbestos Inspection?

Asbestos inspections are comprehensive. A certified asbestos abatement professional will inspect the property for asbestos. They will check over the entire property and collect samples of materials. These samples will be sent to a lab for reliable results. Once the results are returned, your asbestos abatement contractor will discuss the findings. If the property does contain asbestos, they will go over plans to remove the asbestos.

Why is an Asbestos Inspection Necessary?

When purchasing a new property, it is crucial that you know of any problems the home has. This is the main reason that asbestos inspections are so important. They will let know if the home you are purchasing contains the dangerous substance. Asbestos exposure is linked to many illnesses such as mesothelioma, other cancers, respiratory problems that can all lead to death. Knowing if you have asbestos on the property will enable you to make educated decisions about the home before you purchase. If there is asbestos on the property, you can ask the seller to have it removed, or you can ask for a reduction in the cost of the property. There are many options available that should be discussed before you sign any purchasing agreements.

If you are looking to purchase or sell a home, an asbestos test should be on your to-do list. An asbestos inspection could easily save you and your family from deadly illnesses!

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Summer Asbestos Removal

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Warmer weather has arrived, and with the beautiful weather comes home remodels. Home remodels are a common occurrence throughout the United States, but with remodels, comes a risk. Asbestos exposure is a very real risk of remodeling. Homes that were built before the late 80s are more prone to have asbestos-containing materials. When these materials breakdown from age, wear and tear, or remodels, asbestos fibers are released into the air. These fibers can travel throughout your home and become ingested without your knowledge.

Asbestos can be removed at any time, but Summer is the perfect time of year for asbestos removal. If your property has asbestos or has not yet been tested, call a professional asbestos abatement specialist today! Asbestos could be in all areas of your home, including the insulation, paint, and even flooring. If you are looking to remodel your home, an asbestos test can ensure your home is safe from asbestos. This is an easy way to protect your family and ensure your home remains a safe place.

If your home does have asbestos, right now is the best time to schedule an asbestos removal on your property. Asbestos removal services start with you vacating the property. Once you are gone, the asbestos abatement professionals will begin sealing off areas of your home. After the area is secured, they will remove the asbestos-containing materials. They will do this for all areas that are affected. After all, asbestos is removed, your home will undergo a final test to ensure all asbestos fibers are removed from your property. Once cleared, you will be able to enter your home again and go on with your remodels, knowing it is safe to do so. Asbestos exposure can cause severe respiratory illnesses and several types of cancer. Protect your family and have all asbestos removed this Summer.

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COVID-19 and Asbestos-Related Illnesses – How Should You Cope?

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COVID-19 is at the forefront of the media right now, and it is on the minds of everyone. What is it? How do I keep myself safe? Below we will help answers some questions on what to do if you have an asbestos-related illness.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can range in severity. Some may only have mild infections, while others may need hospitalization. It is more dangerous for those that have compromised immune systems, are older, and have respiratory illnesses. People with asbestos-related illnesses fall into the at-risk category. Asbestos-related illnesses already cause trouble breathing so that COVID-19 can cause you a lot of new problems. If you believe you have COVID-19 or have been around someone who has tested positive, call your doctor as soon as you can. It is essential that you are monitored.

How Do I Keep Safe?

People who have an asbestos-related illness already know how important it is to keep themselves healthy and away from the cold, flu, or pneumonia. This illness is no different. It is crucial that you wear a mask in public and try to stay home. If you need help, ask a friend or family member to help you with shopping and picking up medications. The less you have to go out, the better. You should be in contact with your primary care physician and listen to any information they give you.

Limiting interactions with people in public is one of the best ways to prevent COVID-19. It is also important to wash your hands and keep your home disinfected at all times. If you do become ill, see your doctor immediately. Having a respiratory illness while also having asbestos-related illnesses can be very serious and even life-threatening. If you have a fever or have trouble breathing go to the hospital.

Being in isolation can have its downside, so it is important to keep busy while in your home. Keep a routine. Exercise, call friends and family, open your windows to allow the sun to come in, and stay positive.

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Are More Men Being Diagnosed with Asbestos-Related Illnesses?

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Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses have commonly been diagnosed with men. This has been the trend for decades. People have wondered why men predominantly have been diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses. The main reason is that men worked jobs where they came into direct contact with asbestos fibers. Blue-collar jobs like shipbuilding, railway workers, construction, auto mechanics, and miners were regularly exposed to asbestos. No one knew the devastating effects at the time, and decades later, men were being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other illnesses. While this has been the case for a long time, the tides are changing.

Men and women are both being diagnosed at a high rate. While very few women were initially diagnosed, we are now seeing an influx of women having asbestos-related illnesses. Many ask why this is the case? With more women in the workplace, it is no surprise they are being exposed. Shockingly, there are being exposed to other areas such as hospitals and schools. How is this possible? The older buildings that contain asbestos are starting to breakdown and need remodeling. As the breakdown of the asbestos-containing material, people are being exposed to their workplaces.

There are regulations in place that are supposed to protect workers, but unfortunately, it is not foolproof. We are also seeing younger adults having asbestos-related illnesses. This is usually through secondary exposure or from their own homes having asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous fiber that is affecting men, women, and even children at alarming rates.

The best way to protect yourself is through asbestos testing and removal of asbestos from your home or property. Men are still more likely to have asbestos-related illnesses because asbestos exposure is much more common in blue-collar jobs, but more and more women are being exposed. If there is a chance you have been exposed, contact your doctor and let them know. There is a test that can be run and new advances in technology.

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Burning and Asbestos – Information You Need to Know!

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Spring and Summer are the perfect time for cleaning up debris from the nasty Winter. It is additionally a time for remodels and renovations. Many rural areas allow people to burn debris and rubble. This can be great for some, but also dangerous. Many rules and regulations are put in place to ensure that no one is exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos-containing materials can range from flooring to shingles and walls. During renovations, a lot of the materials you remove could contain asbestos. How do you know? What should you do? If your home has never had an asbestos inspection, that is where you start. A certified asbestos abatement professional will be able to test your home and give you the answers you need. If your home does have asbestos, it will need to be removed by a professional.

Before you begin any renovations or remodels, hire a professional to test your home for asbestos. This way, you know that you and your family are safe. You will also know if it is safe to burn the materials you accumulate during a remodel. Burning asbestos-containing materials is punishable by law and can carry a hefty fine. Asbestos exposure causes cancer and possibly death. Asbestos is very small and cannot be seen, making it even more difficult to know if you have been exposed.

Before you burn any debris from your home, think about the danger it could cause to you and your family. Burning is also illegal in some areas. If you are thinking of burning debris, contact your local fire department first. They will be able to answer any questions you may have. If you can burn, make sure the materials are asbestos-free. You never want to endanger your family, neighbors, or friends to asbestos, as it is deadly.

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Illegal Dumping of Asbestos – It is A Problem

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Asbestos is understood to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and respiratory illnesses, yet it is still being mishandled. All the dangers have caused regulations and laws to be put in place to protect people from asbestos exposure, yet those laws are not being followed. Asbestos removal requires special licensing, as does the disposal of asbestos. Without the licenses, you cannot legally remove or dispose of any asbestos-containing materials.

In the United States, we are seeing people illegally dumping asbestos. This is punishable by a fine as it is illegal, but it is also putting people at risk. Asbestos exposure can occur from even trace amounts of asbestos fibers. Some do not know they are removing asbestos-containing materials, but more often than not, it is known. Commercial properties must have their buildings tested for asbestos before any remodels, or demolition is completed.

We see a lot of contractors and businesses bypass this crucial step and continue with the remodel or demolition. While this may be saving them a small amount of money, it could be endangering the lives of many people. Illegally removing asbestos does not just harm the contractors and other workers, but it can harm innocent people who live or work nearby.

Asbestos fibers can soar through the air and enter homes and businesses in the vicinity. On top of that, once removed, workers will dispose of it. This can lead to further exposure. Workers will pick up and remove the trash and debris and may unknowingly be exposed to asbestos.

Until asbestos is banned in the United States, and people follow the regulations and rules, there will be a chance of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is highly dangerous and should be treated as a danger to everyone. If you own a business, make sure to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the United States. It could save many lives. Always hire a professional asbestos removal company!