Dangers of Asbestos
No homeowner wants asbestos in his or her house. This toxic material, commonly found in paint, tiles, and furnace insulation can cause serious health problems if ingested or inhaled. Even though its use is regulated
No homeowner wants asbestos in his or her house. This toxic material, commonly found in paint, tiles, and furnace insulation can cause serious health problems if ingested or inhaled. Even though its use is regulated now and banned in new homes, asbestos is still found in older houses built before the late 1970s.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, asbestos can cause serious damage to the lungs and other organs, maladies that may not present themselves until years after a person’s initial exposure to the material.What is Asbestos?Asbestos, which was once used as part of an insulated material found in attics, has been known to cause cancer. This dangerous mineral fiber can also be found in roofing and siding shingles, textured paint, stovetop pads, artificial embers and ashes, hot water and steam pipes, and oil and coal furnaces, says the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).Asbestos can be responsible for a host of health problems, including mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma, a rare and incurable form of cancer, affects the linings of the abdomen, lungs, and heart. Those who have been exposed to asbestos continually at some point in their lives are at risk of contracting this disease. Exposure to asbestos can also cause asbestosis, which scars the lungs with fibrous tissue.What to do About ItFirst off, don’t panic if you learn that there is asbestos in your house.
In many cases, if the material is in good condition, you won’t be exposed to asbestos. In fact, the CPSC advises leaving undamaged asbestos-laden material alone, as it will generally not release asbestos fibers if undisturbed. Because asbestos is only harmful if ingested or inhaled, you could just keep an eye on it without touching it. If you rub or disturb it in any way, it could release those dangerous fibers into the air. Check with your local health or environmental officials to learn how best to handle and dispose of asbestos if it becomes a concern.If the asbestos is not in good condition, you’ll have to call in a professional asbestos remediation and removal firm. Never attempt to dispose of this material yourself.
Asbestos abatement professionals fully trained in hazmat issues can visit your home to provide an inspection, assessment, and estimate on the cost of removal from ceilings, wall paint, tiles, and siding. Their job is to inspect, treat, remove, and test for the presence of asbestos and other hazardous materials, such as mold and lead. They will then typically issue a report on their findings and then develop a plan to remove any dangerous material. In extreme cases, demolition may be required. In any case, make sure the professionals you choose are licensed and certified in guidelines put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
A Word of CautionThe CPSC recommends getting several estimates from many area companies before selecting one, as prices can vary greatly. While awaiting professional remediation service, it’s important that you do not disturb the material you suspect contains asbestos. Do not dust, sweep or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos as this can disturb the tiny asbestos fibers and release them into the air.
This article was written by Travis Guerrero, a health and nutrition expert who hopes to help you live a healthier life. He writes this on behalf of Shrader Law, your number one choice when looking for a mesothelioma settlement. Check out their website today and see how they can help you get what you deserve!