Most people today are aware that asbestos is dangerous and to be avoided, though they may not know exactly how dangerous it can be. The most common way asbestos enters the body is through breathing. Asbestos dust or fibres can pass deep into the lungs and once they are within the body, they can cause health problems.
So, how do you know there might be lead in your home? And if there is any, what should you do about it? Read on to learn the reasons you should get professional home lead testing.
There are three primary issues caused by asbestos.
Asbestosis is caused when inhaled asbestos fibers cause scarring in the lungs. Common symptoms include shortness of breath and a crackling sound in the lungs during inhalation. In its advanced stages, it may cause cardiac failure.
Lung Cancer is behind the greatest number of asbestos-related deaths. Symptoms can include coughing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, persistent chest pains, and anemia.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer, often forming in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Shortness of breath and chest pain are common symptoms and the average life expectancy for mesothelioma patients is 12 months.
Evidence suggests that a variety of other cancers can also be caused by ingesting asbestos, such as cancer of the esophagus, stomach, colon, and more. Asbestos continues to kill approximately 2,000 Canadians each year, making it crucial to remove it if found in your home or business.
Unfortunately, asbestos was widely used for many years and while many people think immediately of attic insulation, asbestos has been widely used in many products including ceiling tiles, roof tiles, electrical panels, pipe insulation, house siding, and much more. Any contact with items made from asbestos runs the risk of exposure, but you may not realize that you have asbestos in your home or business until you do renovations, or something is damaged, exposing it.
If you suspect that asbestos is present in your building, it is wise to seek out an asbestos testing company. Likewise, if you are about to do some renovations, or have founds cracks and dusty areas where materials seem to be crumbling, you are advised to get asbestos testing. You will not be able to rely on visual inspections. A sample will need to be collected and tested with special equipment in a certified lab.
Collecting the sample yourself is not advisable and may even prove hazardous to your health and other building occupants. A professional asbestos testing company should be brought in for this purpose as they have the experience to do so safely. They can seal off an area to take the sample. Turn off all air conditioning and ventilation systems to prevent disturbed material from being distributed. Ideally, everyone should leave the home or immediate area during the collection.
If the presence of asbestos is confirmed, methods of removal will vary based on whether it is friable or non-friable. Friable asbestos is prone to crumbling and can become airborne easily, creating a health risk. Removing the asbestos will require the services of a professional to maintain your safety.
Asbestos is still present in many homes and buildings. Having a professional test for its presence can help to put your mind at ease, even if it is detected, as you can then take steps to have it removed.
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