If you’re a regular news watcher, then you might well have seen an ad for class action lawsuits against asbestos. You might not have known what asbestos was at the time or were too busy to research it further. Unfortunately, if your home was built before 1980, then you could be exposed to asbestos without even being aware of the fact.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a silicate material woven into various kinds of fabrics. Asbestos is technically a group of six distinct silicate materials that are not yet fully banned in the United States. These silicates were frequently used in building homes because they were easy to work with and offered heat resistance. For this reason, asbestos was incorporated into the manufacture of many building materials.
What’s the Problem?
The problem is that asbestos was recently found to be a potent carcinogen. Asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, one of many asbestos-related cancers recently identified. The mining of asbestos took off in the 1960s and 1970s. That boom was powered by a huge demand for asbestos in the housing market. The trouble is that since the 1970s many do-it-yourselfers have started tearing down their walls and ceilings, potentially exposing themselves and their families to dangerous levels of asbestos. The air in these people’s home might have consequently become contaminated with dangerously high levels of asbestos fibers.
Safely Removing Asbestos
Asbestos can be safely removed from your Arizona home. Only professionals have the tools to test for levels of airborne fibers plus the skills to handle asbestos. Without the proper protection and ventilation asbestos removal can lead to fibrous particles getting airborne and risking the health of you and your family. Once airborne these particles can lodge in the lining of the lungs or even the heart muscle and cause serious issues. Mesothelioma, for instance, typically takes 15 years or more to materialize, at which point tumors may develop.
Plasters, cement sheeting, vinyl floor tiles, and siding are common sources of asbestos. Before beginning your next home repair project in Arizona, call on Lotus Restoration Services. Free consultations are available.