Protect Your Family from the Asbestos Pollution
Latest researches shows that, in the last couple of years, air pollution is more serious indoors than outdoors, even in the industrialized cities. Considering that people usually spend more time indoors, many are at risk of exposure to pollution, which leads to growing health problems. Health effects can be experienced right away, or in some cases, years later.
One of the most dangerous pollutants is the asbestos. Asbestos is mineral fiber found in rock and soil. It is used in building constructions for insulation, because of its fiber strength and heat resistance. Mostly, asbestos is used in building materials and in friction products.
– Automobile clutch and automobile brake
– Transmission parts
– Heat-resistant fabrics
Building materials that has asbestos usually are:
– Roofing shingles
– Ceiling and floor tiles
– Paper products
– Asbestos cement products
Why is asbestos so dangerous?
There are 3 major health effects associated with asbestos exposure:
- lung cancer,
- mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart and
- asbestosis, a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs.
These conditions can be difficult do identify. To link the problem with exposure to asbestos, it requires looking at the patient’s medical, work, cultural and environmental history. And to make exact diagnosis, a doctor has to use a number of tools, such as hysical examination, chest X-ray and pulmonary function tests. Sometimes the doctor may have to refer to a specialist for diseases caused by asbestos.
How can one be exposed to asbestos?
To release particles and fibers into the air, it just takes a little damage or disturbance of the asbestos-containing materials. Usually, that is demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling, by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities. So, be very careful.
What can one do to protect themselves?
If you suspect the presence of asbestos, there are 3 main steps to be followed, so you can protect yourself and your family:
- Secure the site and leave the premise.
- Call asbestos professionals – licensed professionals who have the experience, equipment and specialist knowledge to carry out safe asbestos disposal.
- Call air duct cleaning professionals – after removing the source of pollution, air ducts often accumulate remains of dangerous materials. So, even when you think you’re safe, polluted indoor air can linger, asbestos fibers may remain in the air. But, don’t panic, air duct cleaning services will clean and sanitize your air ducts and vents and you and your family will be protected.