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What You Need to Know About Asbestos

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Important Points on Asbestos

Asbestos is part of a group of highly durable and fire resistant mineral fibers.

In the past, industries such as automotive and construction widely mined and utilized these fibers.

As materials analysis has improved people have removed many asbestos-containing products from buildings and houses.

This is because exposure to these fibrous materials may potentially cause respiratory problems, and even cancer.

This is why it is imperative to have a trustworthy team like ours at your side.

However, living in a home with intact fibers does not necessarily pose a health hazard.

When asbestos deteriorates over time or experiences disturbance or damage, it generally becomes a threat.

Mesothelioma, a kind of cancer affects the lungs and the abdominal cavity lining.

This is an inflammatory lung condition that permanently scars the lung tissue due to coughing.

Some of these fibers can linger in the air around your home for years.

Once inhaled, these tiny fibers can get trap and build up in your lungs.

When these accumulate, they can lead to severe health problems over time.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of asbestos exposure vary depending on the particular health problem, and the individual.

That said, the respiratory tract is its most common target for asbestos fibers.

Asbestosis symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of appetite, and persistent cough.

Lung cancer has symptoms that may include coughing up blood, persistent chest pain, wheezing, and hoarseness.

It may also involve unexplained weight loss, anemia, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Meanwhile, mesothelioma’s main symptoms are chest pain and shortness of breath.

Other symptoms include bowel obstruction, weight loss, abnormalities in blood clotting, and fever.

There are many medical conditions that share these symptoms.

Suffering from one or several of these does not mean that you have fiber-related health issue.

If you are experiencing some symptoms mentioned above, it would be best to see your doctor.

Where to find asbestos 

Selected countries have banned the production of materials containing asbestos due to limiting regulations.

But a few products still use this dangerous material.

These include construction materials like cement roofing, insulation, and vinyl.

It might also be present in automotive parts like brake pads and gaskets.

These fibers may lurk in various locations, posing a potential risk of exposure in both workplaces and homes.

Properly enclosing fibers within a product eliminates significant health risks.

Inhalation of fibers presents potential hazards.

If you think you have exposed asbestos in your home, call a professional to deal with it safely.

It is important to properly to eliminate any potential threat to your health.

Our experts can swiftly and safely eliminate any fibers found in your home or office.

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