Why you should be concerned about asbestos exposure
Asbestos is a natural occurring mineral fiber that has been used in buildings for hundreds of years because of its fire-retardant and insulating properties. However, in the 1970s, scientific studies determined asbestos to be a carcinogen that poses real harm to humans. Thousands of homes, business, and other buildings were built before this discovery came to light, so asbestos exposure is still a key environmental concern throughout the US and in many other parts of the world.
Where can asbestos be found?
Asbestos may be lurking in many different areas of homes, business properties, and other buildings. Insulation in homes built between 1930-1950 almost always contains asbestos, plus textured paint used on ceilings and walls. Roofing shingles and sealants, as well as vinyl flooring and adhesives often contain asbestos. Even pipes in older homes are frequently coated with asbestos or covered by tape or blankets containing asbestos. Gaskets in coal and oil furnaces, sprayed-on ceiling material used for acoustics, wire insulation or stovetop pad in older homes, and exhaust flues and older HVAC ducting may contain this harmful material.
Why should I be concerned?
If asbestos was used in so many buildings before the 1970s, you may be wondering, is it really necessary to be concerned? The clear answer is yes, you should be concerned. There are various well-documented detrimental health effects that have been linked to asbestos exposure. The problem occurs when asbestos fibers are disturbed and released into the air, where they’re easily inhaled and carried by the body into the lower regions of the lungs. There, they can cause asbestosis (fibrotic lung disease) and changes to the lining of the chest cavity (pleura). These serious diseases can lead to reduced respiratory function and even death. Long-term inhalation of asbestos fibers increases the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma.
What should you do if you suspect your home contains asbestos?
If you’re worried about the presence of asbestos in your home, the most important step you must take is to call H2 Environmental Consulting Services at (800) 524-3578. If you plan on undertaking any renovations, remodeling, demolitions, or additions, it’s especially essential that you call H2 Environmental Consulting Services at (800) 524-3578 before lifting a finger. We’ll thoroughly test every molecule of your property to conclusively determine the presence of asbestos, mold, fungus, lead, and other harmful contaminants. We use the most advanced equipment and techniques to analyze your property. If asbestos or any other contaminants or found, we can handle all your remediation needs, including proper disposal of any asbestos-containing materials according to federal and state regulations.
It’s impossible to tell if a product contains asbestos just by looking at it. The only way to tell for sure is by enlisting the asbestos experts at H2 Environmental Consulting Services. Call us to schedule your environmental evaluation today.
Concerned about asbestos exposure? Call H2 Environmental Consulting Services at (800) 524-3578 today.