If you are one of the many homeowners who have asbestos in your home this article will give you an overview of how to protect your family. When the fibers are intact and you leave it undisturbed this is usually not a serious health concern. Problems start to occur when the asbestos fibers are released and inhaled into the lungs. You often see this when you do construction where you remove old furnaces, replace floors, or hot water heaters. Asbestos is a mineral fiber and before 1970 many types of building products and insulation materials used in home contained asbestos. You may find asbestos material in cement roofing, soundproofing, decorative materials, resilient floor tiles, millboard or boilers just to name a few.
Research shows people who were exposed to asbestos in factories and shipyard were at the greatest risk of developing health related issues. Breathing high levels of asbestos over time can lead to lung cancer particularly mesothelioma or asbestosis which are the most common and sever complications from asbestos exposure
If you think your home has asbestos you should consult a professional trained in handling asbestos material. They can conduct home inspections, take samples of suspected areas containing asbestos, assess its condition, and have samples analyzed in a certified lab and make recommendations on how to keep you and your family safe.
The most important points for the homeowner is if you think you have asbestos have it check out and until then leave the area in question alone. Do not disturb or try to remove it. This is not a do it yourself project. When you disturb the asbestos this is where you and your family’s health can be comprised.
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