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Why Do We Have Asbestos in Our Homes At All?

Posted on April 3, 2015

Why Do We Have Asbestos in Our Homes At All?When thinking about asbestos, it’s natural to wonder, how did they get into our homes, business properties, and other buildings in the first place? Do we really have to exert so much time and effort to get rid of it now? Does it really matter that much asbestos is in our homes?

Origin of Asbestos Use

Asbestos is a natural mineral that has been used for thousands of years for its heat resistant properties, indestructibility, and resistance to heat, chemicals, and water. It became popular in the US in the 1940s, especially after World War II. Over 100,000 schools and 700,000 public and commercial buildings used asbestos at that time for insulation, decoration, and fireproofing. Those who worked in asbestos mines and other industries quickly experienced the unhealthy consequences of frequent exposure, but asbestos companies attempted to maneuver their way out of taking responsibility for the often deadly consequences until the 1980s, when federal, state, and local regulations began to be put into place, and many lawsuits were filed by those who had been affected by long-term asbestos exposure.

Is Removal Important?

Yes, safe removal of asbestos is important because if it’s not done properly by a licensed professional hazardous materials removal company like H2 Environmental Consulting Services, microscopic asbestos fibers could be released into the air and cause harm to children, the elderly, and others. Depending on which kind of asbestos and how long exposure has occurred, the effects of exposure vary. Asbestos is only harmful if it’s disturbed, so if you have asbestos in your home and you’re planning on doing some renovations, it’s essential that you call the professionals at H2 Environmental Consulting Services. We follow all the necessary regulations to ensure asbestos exposure won’t continue and that you’ll be able to breathe easier as soon as we’re done working on your property.

Why Should I Care about Asbestos in my Home?

Long-term asbestos exposure has been linked to serious diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and other lung problems. Cancers of the digestive system may be linked to asbestos exposure as well. Risks go up if the person is a smoker as well.

What Should I do if I’m Worried about Asbestos?

There’s no need to worry about asbestos in your home unless the material will be disturbed during construction or renovation. If your home was built after the 1980s, it likely doesn’t contain unsafe amounts of asbestos. But if you are concerned about asbestos or any other toxic substances in your home, such as lead, mold, or fungus, call the hazardous waste removal experts at H2 Environmental Consulting Services: (800) 524-3578 or email CustomerService@H2Env.com.

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