Asbestos is a material with a few distinctive characteristics. It is extraordinarily resistant to heat, fire, chemicals and wear. This is explains its popularity and why it was used widely in the building and construction industries up until the 1980s, before all of a sudden the downfall of the material began, caused by alarmingly high numbers of newly diagnosed patients suffering from asbestos induced diseases.
The product itself is actually harmless. However, if asbestos is being processed in any way or damaged, microscopically toxic dust particles gets airborne and that poses a significant health risk to anybody in close proximity who is likely to breathe in the contaminated air. Dry cough, chest pain and shortness of breath are the most commonly known symptoms of asbestos poisoning.
And unfortunately, all of the aforementioned manifestations are not exclusively associated with an asbestos intoxication, but also account for numerous other and less severe health conditions. In addition to that, all asbestos induced diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma, as well as certain forms of lung cancers, have a long latency period that can sometimes span over several decades. As a result, a conclusive diagnosis is often made when the disease has already progressed to and advanced stage, which makes the prognosis less optimistic.
Homeowners of houses built before 1980 might be at risk to live in an environment that contains asbestos products, such as ceilings, shingles, siding, pipe insulations, floor tiles and areas that had to meet fireproof requirements. If you are concerned about your living conditions and the potential risk of asbestos poisoning, it is recommendable to reach out to an asbestos testing and removal company.
It might be less expensive at first glance, however, it bears a significant health risk. A professional business has the gear and expertise to carry out the job safely and also deals with all aspects of having the material environmentally friendly removed.