Asbestos was a common building material well into the 20th Century, and was not completely banned until 1989. To this day, items with small amounts of asbestos are allowed as long as the material is encapsulated in a binder. Due to its resistance to heat and fire, it was used in electrical insulation, tiles and other materials throughout the home. It still lurks in many homes and professional buildings that were constructed in the last century.
Is asbestos dangerous?
The answer to that question comes down to: it depends. When asbestos is solid and in good shape, it is not a hazard. Living with asbestos in good condition is not harmful. People who attempt to remove well-preserved asbestos themselves can actually do more harm than good.
Asbestos becomes dangerous when it is airborne. This can happen when the material is damaged through age or wear. It is also possible to send asbestos into the atmosphere when a home is demolished or an area of the home undergoes renovation.
What problems can result from asbestos exposure?
Asbestos kills around 5,000 people every year because of complications that result from exposure. People become exposed when asbestos is disturbed and the particles are inhaled. Asbestos typically will not cause problems right away; it can take years for symptoms to manifest. Some of the health hazards from asbestos exposure include:
Asbestos-related lung cancer. While smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer, it can also be caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos-related lung cancer is otherwise identical.
Mesothelioma. This is a cancer that is always always related to exposure to asbestos. It affects the lining of the lungs and the lower digestive tract.
Pleural thickening. This is a disease that involves thickening and swelling of the lining of the lungs. In sever cases, the lungs can become compressed by this tissue. Symptoms include discomfort in the chest and shortness of breath.
Asbestosis. This is a serious condition that can occur after years of asbestos exposure characterized by scarring in the lungs. People with asbestosis experience progressive shortness of breath and find it harder and harder to breathe over time.
How can I avoid exposure to asbestos?
Most people do not encounter asbestos in their day to day lives. Asbestos exposure is most common in workers who are exposed during construction on a building that contains asbestos fibers.
To keep yourself safe, do not attempt to do home improvement yourself in areas where there may be asbestos. Never attempt to remove it without proper, professional equipment.
If you have an asbestos surface in your home that is cracked, chipping or flaking, call us for the asbestos removal Chicago homeowners trust.
When asbestos is suspected in your home, we can test to confirm that it is present. If we find that you do have asbestos, we can safely remove it so that your home is secure and your family is safe from asbestos-related harm.
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