Answers to the most common asbestos questions
- Published on Monday, 21 March 2016 14:51
- Eliot Chapman
Asbestos is a highly-effective and fairly inexpensive material that was extensively used in home construction. Many homes that have been built before 1980 contain asbestos in floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles, insulation, siding, pipe cement and joint compounds. Even newly constructed homes contain attic insulation that has been contaminated with concrete. Although this naturally-occurring mineral is very effective as a building material, it can become a hazard when it is airborne. However, you should never try to remove the material yourself, but rather to contact a remediation company that can handle Edmonton asbestos removal
in a safe way. If you have any questions regarding asbestos or health, here are the answers you need.
How do I know if I have asbestos in my home?
The vast majority of homes that have been built before the year 1980 contain asbestos products. If your house has been built before this period, then your home probably has concrete containing materials. By simply looking at the house, it is not possible to determine if it contains this construction material. The only way in which you can be sure is to have the material construction tested by a laboratory. The samples should be taken only by a trained professional, namely an inspector.
What are the health effects of asbestos exposure?
Asbestos exposure is the result of breathing in fibers. If these fibers make their way into your lungs, then they will remain there for a lifetime due to their durability. The inhalation of fibers leads to chronic lung disease, which can make your breathing difficult and even lead to death. Cancer can also result from breathing asbestos fibers and the most common type id represented by lung cancer. Even though prolonged exposure to mineral fibers typically results in lung cancer, you can also develop mesothelioma, a cancer of the chest and abdominal membranes, which almost never occurs without being exposed to building material. The fact is that even limited exposure to concrete fibers represents a danger.
What should I do if I have a damaged wall in my house?
If you have a wall that is damaged, then the safest way in which you can manage health risk is to wipe the dust using a damp cloth or paper towel. Once you are finished, place the cloth or the paper towel inside a plastic bag, tie up the bag and place it into a second bag. You should throw away the second bag in the rubbish bin. Do not try to use a vacuum cleaner because you will only release more particle in the air.
Where can the waste be disposed of?
Asbestos should be wetted, packaged, labelled and transported to a landfill or transfer station that is specifically arranged for this purpose. The reason why this is necessary is that this building material is considered a special waste and certain work practice requirement apply to these materials.