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3 Places Where You Could be Exposed to Asbestos in Your Everyday Life

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Asbestos exposure is at an all-time high, and people are becoming more aware of the dangers of asbestos. A decade ago, we all knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure, but it wasn’t until the last few years that it has hit the mainstream. There are billboards, commercials, and television shows about the dangers of asbestos. People are now becoming more aware of asbestos and wanting to learn more about the dangerous fiber that causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other dangerous respiratory diseases. Below, Asbestos Abatement Services is going to list the top 3 places where you can be exposed to asbestos.

Work

Work is the most common of places to become exposed to asbestos. This is especially the case if you work in building or construction jobs. Shipyard workers, railroads, military, and even miners are also at very high risk for asbestos exposure. While these jobs have always been at the forefront of asbestos exposure, other occupations are becoming exposed to asbestos. We are now seeing medical professionals, teachers, and other white-collar workers exposed to asbestos on the job.

Home

Your home could be the very place that you become exposed to asbestos. If your home is older, it is more likely that you become exposed, but some newer properties are being tested for asbestos and failing. Before you do any renovations, you should have your home tested for asbestos. If you are a homeowner, you should decide to have your property tested for asbestos. Asbestos-containing materials could be anywhere inside your home. If you have asbestos-containing materials, you will be able to have them removed before any exposure happens to you or your family. If your property does not contain asbestos, you will know your family is safe from asbestos exposure.

Schools

Schools are another place that has been found to have asbestos-containing materials. Older schools are testing positive for asbestos at an alarming rate. While there are laws and regulations in place for schools that do contain asbestos, it is wise to know if your child may be exposed to asbestos. While it is least likely for your child to become exposed to asbestos through their school, it is a possible place for exposure.

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Asbestos and Demolition – There are Regulations for Your Safety!

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Construction is something we see every day, as we commute to our jobs or when we head out shopping. Older buildings are being demolished to make way for newer models. Shopping centers are being built where older schools and buildings once stood. This should make us excited to see such growth in our neighborhoods. However, with those demolished older buildings comes a risk. Asbestos exposure is a real problem when demolishing older buildings. It is such a problem that there are regulations to protect us from asbestos exposure through old building demolition.

What is the Clean Air Act?

The Clean Air Act was put into place to protect workers and bystanders from asbestos exposure when dealing with demolitions and renovations. The National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants regulate demolitions and renovations of buildings. The regulations that are in place require these three things:
• The building owners and operators must inform the proper state agency for renovations or demolition of a building that might contain a specified quantity of asbestos-containing material.
• Certain industrial and manufacturing companies must not emit asbestos fibers into the outside air or must use air cleaning methods.
• Companies must follow certain conditions when removing asbestos-containing materials.

Even though these regulations are in place, some companies do not have asbestos testing completed on the properties before demolition. While this is illegal, it has occurred in the past. Today, it is illegal to have any older buildings demolished without first having it tested for asbestos. If the building contains asbestos, it must be demolished by a certified asbestos abatement professional. These professionals have the proper equipment and suits to ensure the asbestos does not leave the area and that no one can become exposed to the asbestos fibers.

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Children and Asbestos Exposure

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When you think of asbestos exposure, you think of people, mainly men, who have worked in construction, shipyards, railroads, are the military. You don’t think of children. However, we are now seeing an influx of children and women that are showing signs of asbestos exposure. How is this possible? Below, we will discuss a few ways children are becoming exposed to asbestos.

Secondary Exposure

Many children that have asbestos-related illnesses were exposed through secondary exposure. Secondary exposure of asbestos can happen in different ways, but it is mainly through family member’s clothes. If they work in a field where asbestos fibers are common, they likely bring those fibers home on their clothing and shoes. This means there are asbestos fibers in their car and inside the home. If the family member hugs their children when they arrive home, it is even more likely they become exposed.

Home

The next place that children often become exposed to asbestos is through their own homes. If the home contains asbestos, the entire family will likely become exposed at some point in their lives. Old homes have more asbestos-containing materials, but some newer homes have also been found to have asbestos fibers. If you have children in the home, you must have the home tested for asbestos through a licensed professional.

Children are becoming exposed to asbestos, and the diseases are showing up at an earlier age than when adults are exposed. It is believed that children are more likely to develop an asbestos-related illness if they are exposed early in life, compared to older adults. If you have children, it is crucial to ensure their safety when it comes to asbestos fibers. Before doing any remodels or renovations, have your home tested for asbestos.

If you have a member of your family that works in a field where asbestos exposure could happen, ensure they are careful. They can shower and change clothes at their job or ensure they do not touch children until after they have taken a shower.

Is it Allergies or an Asbestos-Related Illness?

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Asbestos-related illnesses are on the rise, and so is the concern of asbestos exposure. People want to know if they have been exposed and what the symptoms might be. Unfortunately, once exposed to asbestos, it could take decades to show up in your body. It has been shown that asbestos can stay dormant in your body for 70 years before showing up as mesothelioma or asbestosis. With the rising concern, it is no surprise that everyone wants to know if their symptoms are allergies or asbestos-related illnesses. Below, we will discuss some of the more common symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses compared to the common cold or allergies.

Tightness in Chest

While tightness in your chest could be regular respiratory problems, it is also a common symptom of asbestos-related diseases. Asbestosis and pleural effusions can cause tightening in the chest. If your symptoms tend to last longer than a few weeks, you should see your doctor to rule out asbestos exposure or other severe illnesses.

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is the number one symptom of asbestos-related illnesses. Asbestos affects your lungs and can cause significant respiratory distress. If you have severe shortness of breath, see your doctor, it could be mesothelioma or another asbestos-related severe illness.

A different Sounding Cough

Coughing is a typical sign of allergies, but if your cough is sounding different or is prolonged, see your doctor. A crackling or hacking cough is a sign of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other respiratory illnesses caused by asbestos exposure. If your cough has gotten worse or you are coughing up blood, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Asbestos-related illnesses are very severe, and the symptoms do not go away. If you think you have allergies, see your doctor. Allergies should only last for short amounts of time, if your symptoms last longer, it could be from an asbestos-related illness. This is especially the case if you have worked in areas where you may have been exposed to asbestos fibers.

Asbestos Siding and Roofing Removal

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Most people know about asbestos inside the home. They know it is in insulation, drywall, and textured ceilings, but what a lot of people don’t know is that it can be in your siding and roofing. Asbestos has been used in most types of construction materials throughout the years. Asbestos is strong, cheap, and heat resistant. This made it the perfect bonding material for exterior materials. Asbestos in siding and roofing is not a new thing. It has always been used in these materials, but it is often overlooked as a danger because it is outside. While it does pose less of a risk, you can still be exposed to asbestos outdoors.

While there is always a chance your roofing or siding contains asbestos, it isn’t likely for newer homes. It is possible, but not very common. If your home was built before the late 90s, it likely contains asbestos fibers. Asbestos was used in most construction materials up until the late 90s. If you own an older home, you should have it tested for asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and can quickly become airborne and float through the air for miles, exposing people nowhere near your home. This is the reason asbestos testing and removal must be completed on buildings that are being destroyed. If asbestos fibers escape, a lot of people could end up exposed.

Never try to remove the siding and roofing of an older home without having an asbestos test completed. If the siding and roofing do contain asbestos, then it will need to be removed by a certified asbestos abatement company. Laws and regulations make it illegal for people to remove and dispose of asbestos themselves. You must have the proper licenses. This is done to protect everyone in the area. Asbestos exposure can cause severe illnesses, so it is important to let the professionals remove all asbestos from the exterior of your home!

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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.