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It is of greatest importance to keep our homes free from any potential health risk. Asbestos is one chemical that every household owner should be aware. Here’s all you need to know about asbestos and what to do if found in your home.
Asbestos in Your Home
Asbestos is a collection of silicate minerals that are naturally occurring and resistant to heat and corrosion. It is also a known carcinogen that causes mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the respiratory tract. In the old days, asbestos was a common product used in building houses.
Pure asbestos is an effective insulator; it can be mixed with cement, plastic and other materials to make them durable for house construction. Although the use of asbestos was banned since the late 1970s, it still exists in some homes throughout the United States.
How Asbestos Becomes a Hazard
Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers poses a serious health risk. Asbestos becomes a hazard only when it is airborne. When asbestos in the homes becomes disturbed, tiny abrasive fibers are easily inhaled, which can damage lung tissue and cause cancer.
Where to Check Asbestos at Home
Homes built before 1980 may contain asbestos on the floor tiles, insulation (around older furnaces, fireplaces, inside walls and attics), roof shingles, pipe cement, paint, and wall-patching materials. If you suspect material in your home to contain asbestos, cover it with a protective sheet or place it in a closed container to keep them from getting into the air.
A visual inspection of your home is not sufficient enough to determine if it contains asbestos. Samples of suspected asbestos-containing materials should be sent to a certified laboratory for analysis.
Getting Rid of Asbestos
Removal of asbestos is the only lasting solution to the asbestos problem in your home. However, never attempt to rip them out of your home on your own. Its removal poses a high risk of fiber release if not done correctly. Call a professional to do it for you.
Once you are certain that your home is safe from asbestos, you should be sure to get insurance as other problems may still arise. It is a wise decision to keep yourself financially secure.
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5/27/2021 10:49:54 am
I'll check all the homes that were made before 1980 that I look at. I want to get a house that is at a great price. So it might be a bit older if that is the case.
6/11/2021 11:19:37 am
Thank you for talking about how pure asbestos is actually helpful as an insulator. I am moving into an older home and I want to make sure I'm safe from asbestos. I will find a reputable asbestos removal company locally.
7/8/2021 09:55:35 am
I had no clue that homes built before 1980 could have asbestos. My parents just bought a house made in 1968. I'll have an asbestos inspector go check it out and remove whatever asbestos they find.
9/16/2021 07:02:30 am
I want to make sure that my home is safe from asbestos. It makes sense that getting an inspection done would be beneficial. I'll be sure to work with a professional to ensure that I do this properly.
12/21/2021 10:35:14 pm
Thanks for pointing out that asbestos is a known carcinogen that causes mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the respiratory tract. My husband and I want to ensure a safe and clean environment for our five kids. With this, we will look for a company on Monday that can provide asbestos contamination testing at an affordable rate.
1/12/2022 09:53:16 am
Thank you for reminding us that when looking to have asbestos removed from our home, it is best that we hire a professional. It makes sense as they are equipped with the relevant tools and equipment to have them removed safely. I will definitely look at calling a professional since I recently bought a house that was built in 1980s.
2/2/2022 09:15:49 pm
I liked it the most when you shared that if you think you have materials in your home that have asbestos, it's recommended to cover them with a protective sheet or put it in a closed container so they won't get into the air. I think that only proves that asbestos is a very harmful substance, especially with it gets into the air. I think it's best to turn to an asbestos testing company to identify if it's a harmful substance so it can be removed properly.
9/8/2022 10:44:35 pm
I appreciate you pointing out the substantial health risks associated with continuous asbestos fiber exposure. My three children and I reside in my home, and I am concerned about asbestos exposure. Since everyone is responsible for their own health and safety, I wish to have an asbestos audit for my home.
9/14/2022 12:05:39 am
I appreciate you pointing out the substantial health risks associated with continuous asbestos fiber exposure. I recently moved into a new home with my two children. I'll locate an asbestos removal business to assist me in removing it and protecting our health.
10/2/2022 10:25:12 pm
I appreciate how you mention that asbestos may be present in floor tiles in houses constructed before 1980. I'd want to rent a home. It was constructed in the 1980s. In order to ensure that the home is secure, I will hire a residential asbestos removalist.
10/14/2022 04:48:43 pm
It's great that you elaborated that silicate minerals built up are caused by corrosion and heat. Last night, my uncle told me they were planning to have an asbestos removal in their home to ensure they are safe from its harmful effects. He asked if I had any idea what would be the best option for safety. Thanks to this enlightening article. I'll tell him that it will be much better if they consult a trusted asbestos removal service as they can provide information about the process.
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