If you have an older Chicago home, chances are good that there is asbestos somewhere in it. This material was used in tiles, roofing and insulation in many homes throughout the twentieth century. Unfortunately, it was later discovered that the material can be extremely dangerous when it is damaged. Asbestos particles can become airborne and cause lung damage when inhaled. Because of this, many people want to get the asbestos out of their homes. While this is often a good idea, it is not a job you should do yourself.
How can I tell if my home has asbestos?
The only way to know for sure is to have a professional asbestos test performed. We offer the asbestos testing Chicago homeowners trust to detect asbestos in the home and help you with safe removal or abatement.
When should I test for asbestos?
If the asbestos material is in good shape, it can probably stay where it is without causing harm. However, you should always have an asbestos test done if you are considering remodeling, an addition or other home improvement projects that can lead to the asbestos being damaged or disturbed. If you have material in your home that is chipped or worn, it is also important then to have it tested. Worn asbestos can get into the air, which means you can inhale it.
Can't I just remove it myself?
Even if you are among the homeowners who prefer to do home improvement projects themselves, this is definitely one of the tasks to hand over to the professionals. It is difficult to remove asbestos without it chipping and flaking. We have years of asbestos testing and removal experience and the professional gear to prevent asbestos exposure. We can remediate asbestos when appropriate or completely remove it from your home to eliminate the risk.
What can happen if you are exposed to asbestos?
Asbestos is a highly toxic material when it is inhaled. Exposure to asbestos can cause lung damage in a number of ways. In some cases, it causes asbestosis, which is a scarring of the lung tissue. In others, it causes pleural disease, a disease that affects the tissue around the lungs. Asbestos exposure is also known to cause mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen. Asbestos-related illnesses often do not show up right away; people can develop medical issues related to asbestos exposure anywhere from 10 to 40 years after they've been exposed.
Asbestos is dangerous. The risk to you and your family is too great to go about asbestos removal alone. Think you might have asbestos in your home? Get in touch. We offer asbestos testing to homeowners and business owners in the Chicago area. We'll determine whether you have asbestos in your home and give you the best options to remove it and make your home safe.
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