If you have a home or building that was constructed before 1985, then you should know a few things about a mineral fiber called asbestos. A few decades ago, asbestos was commonly used when constructing homes or buildings because of its ability to provide things like fire-resistance and heat insulation. It wasn’t until 1924 that the first asbestos-related case of health problems was recorded. From then, it wasn’t until 1989 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attempted to ban all new uses of asbestos, though some products today still include very small amounts of asbestos.
Asbestos causes health problems when it releases fibers into the air. If these fibers are breathed in, then you can begin to suffer from lung diseases, such as asbestosis. You could also contract lung cancer, larynx cancer, ovarian cancer, or mesothelioma. While most of these diseases are dose related, mesothelioma is not; even a small exposure can lead to mesothelioma. Some common materials in your home that may contain asbestos include popcorn ceilings, linoleum floors, floor tiles, boiler or pipe insulation, duct insulation, duct tape, cement siding, roof shingles, artificial ashes for gas fireplaces, door gaskets, and more.
However, even if you have these items from the 1980s or before in your home, you don’t necessarily need to worry. If the material is in good condition, then asbestos fibers won’t be released. In the meantime, monitor the possibility of asbestos and limit access to the area. You can check with professionals to consult how to deal with the problem.
Be sure to take asbestos seriously. If you think you have an asbestos problem, be sure to give us a call here at Remtech Environmental today.