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Risks of asbestos exposure

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Explaining The Risks of Asbestos

Homeowners and potential buyers should always be aware of the risks of asbestos exposure.

They have been incredibly useful to manufacturers for several reasons.

When handled or damages, asbestos fibers separate easily.

Here are places to find asbestos:

  • Wall and attics as insulation
  • Vinyl tiles for floors
  • Shingles
  • Siding on houses
  • Blankets
  • Fire-resistant fabrics and so on

They are quite flexible, resistant to heat, electricity and chemicals.

Due to these properties, the construction industry has used them for many years.

They have also found applications in the automotive and textile industries.

Health problems caused by asbestos exposure

The microscopic asbestos fibers that you inhale or swallow can easily become trapped your respiratory system.

Our body has a natural process of getting rid of foreign material.

But sometimes that fails and asbestos fibers can become permanently stuck in our body.

Since asbestos is dangerous when inhaled or digested, there is no “safe amount’.

You can start developing health problems and asbestos exposure can even be carcinogenic.

Asbestos accumulation in a human body can have severe a harmful effect on cells.

This can lead to cancer or other types of diseases.

Most common types of cancer caused by asbestos exposure are:

  • Lung cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Mesothelioma and
  • Ovarian cancer

Aside from cancer, asbestos exposure can cause a series of other health problems.

This of course isn’t the entire list of the detrimental effects of asbestos.

Developing first symptoms can take some time, sometimes even 10-70 years after the initial exposure.

The most frequent signs of asbestos-related health problems are:

How do you get exposed to asbestos?

When microscopic asbestos fibers become airborne, asbestos exposure happens.

The mineral dust that forms can linger in the air for hours.

This puts everyone in close proximity at risk of exposure.

Even in an ideal environment, it can take up to 2-3 days for the dust to settle.

Disturbing asbestos dust can easily make it airborne again due to its lightweight nature.

Most common ways you can get asbestos exposure is through your line of work i.e. your occupation.

Construction widely employed asbestos for insulation and popcorn ceilings until the 1980s.

Final Thoughts On Asbestos Exposure

Years later, they have realized how dangerous this material is.

Since then, asbestos has found other not so dangerous alternatives.

In order to minimize the risk of asbestos of prevent it altogether, you should conduct thorough asbestos testing.

Buildings predating the 1980s likely utilized asbestos in their construction.

Removal of asbestos will ensure that your private or public space is safe.

Additionally it will ensure that there are no risks of asbestos exposure.

At ASAP Restoration LLC we understand the dangers of asbestos exposure and put safety first.

With us, you can rest assured that your space will be asbestos free.

If your home is already dealing with asbestos, contact our team with ASAP Restoration for help today!