Common Asbestos Myths

Asbestos is all over our television and social media, but what is the truth? Who do you believe? Everyone knows the basics of this notorious mineral, they know it is dangerous and can make you sick, but that is the extent of most people’s knowledge. A single fiber can make you deathly ill; this is a fact. Asbestos Abatement Services is here to give you some myths about asbestos and educate you on the truth.

  • Mesothelioma and Asbestosis is Contagious

This is false. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer and is not contagious. Asbestosis acts as if it is a respiratory illness, it is also not contagious. The only way to have either of the above illnesses is through asbestos exposure. Sometimes, a family may have the same illness. This is because they were exposed at the same.

  • Newer Properties are Asbestos Free

This is false. There could still be asbestos containing materials in some newer homes and businesses. The only way to know for sure is to have an inspection completed by a specialist.

  • You Should Remove Asbestos

Never try to remove asbestos. Asbestos fibers can easily transfer from one place to the other through the air. A certified asbestos abatement company should be the only ones removing and disposing of asbestos, as they have the proper licensing to do so.

  • You Can Flush Your System of Asbestos

This is another myth. Once asbestos fibers have entered your body, you cannot remove them. Therefore, certified asbestos removal companies use protective gear and special masks to remove the asbestos.

  • Wearing a Mask Will Protect Me

A Myth! A regular mask will not protect you from asbestos fibers. It can cling to your clothing and even move through your air conditioner vents. The only protection from asbestos is letting the professionals remove it.

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