Was your home built before 1980? If so there are chances that there is asbestos around your family. Even though it is not dangerous or harmful in solid state it can be harmful to your family’s health if it is handled carelessly. Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that is highly flame resistant and this made it the best to use as an insulator. Over time the asbestos starts flaking. Anyone who inhales these particles is in danger of developing a number of potentially fatal diseases.
Sources of Asbestos in your home
Before 1980, asbestos was a common material used in construction. Below are a number of potential asbestos sources around your home.
To retain heat in your home, spaces between walls and ceiling are filled with insulating material. Asbestos was once a popular insulating material and it can start flacking over time.
• Duck insulation
Many steam heating as well as ducts for hot water are encapsulated with asbestos insulating blankets. Cracks in the coat can lead to asbestos exposure.
• Ceiling tiles
Asbestos ceiling tiles were popular due to the ease of installation and their sound proofing qualities. They were mostly used in the basements.
Papers and adhesives used in old vinyl wallpapers contained asbestos and they should not be peeled off until they are tested for asbestos.
Asbestos health risk
Asbestos not only leads to chronic illness after long exposure but it can be a catalyst for other health problems such as lung cancer. Smokers who are exposed to asbestos are more likely to develop lung cancer. Asbestos is linked to mesothelioma which is a rare cancer that takes years to develop. One must be exposed to the substance for years, mesothelioma is fatal since it is untreatable when it is diagnosed too late.
Asbestosis is a lung condition that is caused by heavy exposure to asbestos over an extended period of time. It causes the lungs to start scarring. This can lead to progressive shortness of breath and in some severe cases it can be fatal.
Pleural thickening is when the lining of the lungs start to thicken after long exposure to asbestos. As it worsens the lung can get squeezed causing discomfort and shortness of breath.
Leave it to the asbestos professionals
With the severe dangers to your health mentioned above it is important to stress the importance of asbestos testing in your home. Even though there are home testing kits it is advisable to leave it to the experts. Why? Because there is a higher risk of being exposed if you rely on the home kit.
Asbestos inspectors are accredited professionals that are trained to handle materials containing asbestos. The professional comes into your home assess the condition and take samples of the material they suspect contain asbestos. They will also offer advice on the steps to take to correct the problem. The sooner you get your home inspected the better as it largely reduces chanced of developing health issues in the future.
If you are a resident of Colorado look no further EIS Colorado have you covered for all your testing needs. They have the expertise and the equipment needed to handle testing of any material in your home. With over 100 years of service accumulated by their employees they have the skills to give quality information to their clients. With a long list of satisfied customers you can rest assured that they will offer you nothing but the best services. They are certified and licensed to work in the industry. For all your asbestos needs contact EIS Colorado.