Asbestos Exposure: 3 Things You Should Know

Posted on: 21 December 2015

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Do you live in a home that was built before the 1970s? If you do, there's a good chance that asbestos was used in the construction process. Asbestos exposure can lead to serious health issues. If you do have an older home, you should have it inspected for asbestos danger. Here are a things you should know about asbestos.

Where Asbestos Can Be Found in Your Home

If you thought asbestos was only found in insulation, you're wrong. Asbestos can be found in a wide variety of products inside older homes. Asbestos can be found in products such as:

  • Vinyl flooring
  • Artificial fire logs found in gas fireplaces
  • Wallpaper glue

Health Issues You Can Develop From Asbestos Exposure 

Asbestos is made of many tiny fibers. Once the asbestos begins to deteriorate, those fibers can break loose and enter the air. When that happens, the fibers can enter your nasal passage and get lodged in the lining of your lungs. Unfortunately, once those fibers are in your lungs, they can cause two potentially deadly diseases, asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a disease that causes severe scarring of the lining inside the lungs and is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers. It causes difficulty breathing and shortness of breath.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a lung cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. Most people who develop mesothelioma are usually exposed to asbestos while at work. However, mesothelioma can also be contracted through second-hand exposure, such as hugging someone who has asbestos fibers on their clothing. It can also be contracted through asbestos exposure in the home.

What You Should Do If You Find It in Your Home

If you own a home that was built prior to 1970, you need to exercise extreme caution whenever you do home projects. This is particularly important if you'll be working in the attic or removing old flooring. You should always wear protective gear when entering your attic or crawlspaces. Your protective gear should include:

  • Face mask
  • Goggles
  • Gloves

If you do find asbestos in your home, you should stop working, close off the space, and contact a professional asbestos abatement contractor as soon as possible.

Asbestos can lead to life-threatening. If you suspect that your home may have asbestos in it, you should have it inspected by a professional immediately. An asbestos removal expert will be able to remove the asbestos and make your home safe for you and your family.