What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural occurring fibrous mineral and was a popular building material used during and prior to the 1990s. It was widely used in construction because it offers good fire protection, is naturally insulated, strong and resistant to chemical erosion. Siding, floor and ceiling tiles, drywall compounds and insulation commonly contained asbestos.
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Why is asbestos so bad for your health?
If asbestos becomes air born it can be easily inhaled and carried into the lower regions of your lungs where they can actually cause fibrotic lung disease, also known as asbestosis. It can also cause changes and damage to the chest cavity. These diseases can lead to major respiratory issues and even death. Enlargement of the heart can also occur from the increased resistance of blood flow through the lungs.
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety, asbestos can also increase your chances of getting lung cancer and an aggressive cancer known as mesothelioma. In addition to these health risks, asbestos exposure could also cause abnormalities in the lining of the chest cavity, laryngitis and an reduced immune system.
If you are exposed to asbestos, in high concentrations or over a long period of time, you should seek medical attention.
What should I do if I think I have asbestos in my home?
Always have a professional perform the sampling so you don’t expose yourself to anything potentially harmful. Most homeowners discover asbestos when they embark on a home renovation or some kind of demolition. It is important to have older building materials like floor and ceiling tiles, old insulation and drywall inspected BEFORE you start ripping it out. You are safe as long as asbestos does not become air born. Hire a professional to test for asbestos and to safely remove it for you.
If you have asbestos, you should contact a Calgary asbestos abatement company immediately for professional and safe removal of this hazardous material. Abatement companies will provide asbestos removal as well as mold removal, asbestos testing and mold testing, and have the knowledge and proper equipment to remove asbestos from your home safely and according to provincial regulations for removal and disposal.
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