You live in an older home, and while you love how it looks and how cosy it feels, you worry about potential health hazards. After all, older buildings sometimes have corroding pipes, faulty wiring and other dangers-including asbestos.

However, even though you’ve heard asbestos condemned in warnings on TV, you don’t know much about this material. Does it really pose such a serious threat? And should you really pay money to remove it if you have it in your home?

Actually, the ads on television didn’t blow asbestos dangers out of proportion. In fact, they only scratched the surface.

What Makes Asbestos So Dangerous

Asbestos consists of microscopic fibres that resist all kinds of damage, including heat, fire and various chemicals. Asbestos doesn’t con duct electricity either, which makes it an excellent insulator. Because of these characteristics, asbestos became a popular building material. But these same characteristics make this material hazardous for your body.

Asbestos’ tiny fibres float into the air when you disturb them, and they often find their way into your lungs. Because they resist the b ody’s heat and chemicals, they stay in your lungs for many years, irritating the tissues and creating scars and other damage. This damag e often creates chronic health conditions like the following.

  • Asbestosis:  This condition inflames your lungs, leading to shortness of breath, coughing and scarring. The scars ti ghten and immobilise lung tissue, increasing your breathing difficulty.
  • Pleural Thickening:  After heavy asbestos exposure, the lining around your lungs thickens and swells, restricting y our lungs’ ability to expand. Eventually, your pleural line may even squeeze your lungs.
  • Pleural Plaques:  This condition refers to other changes in your lungs’ lining or your diaphragm. These changes als o affect your ability to breathe.
  • Pleural Effusions:  Sometimes fluid builds up between your lungs and the chest’s inside wall, leading to increased p ressure and breathing difficulty.
  • Mesothelioma:  This rare cancer attacks your lungs’ and digestive tract’s lining. It almost always happens because of asbestos exposure.
  • Lung Cancer:  As you may expect, you can also develop generic lung cancer after inhaling this material.
  • Other Cancers:  If asbestos finds its way into your gastrointestinal tract, it can also cause throat, voice box, kidne y, gallbladder and bladder cancer.

These conditions have serious consequences, but you’d have to inhale asbestos for prolonged periods to develop them. Additionally, you only inhale asbestos fibres if you crack or break the material. If it stays solid, then it won’t do anything to your health.

Where to Find Asbestos in Your Home

You can find asbestos in virtually any building material because of its resilience, but you’llmost commonly see it in:

  • Seals and sealants around doors and windows
  • Gasket seals on furnace doors
  • Surface protection around stoves and furnaces
  • Surface protection around stoves and furnaces
  • Roofing and siding materials
  • Soffit boards
  • Plumbing or ventilation wraps and coatings
  • Ceiling and floor tiles
  • Wallpaper
  • Insulation

You won’t know for sure that these materials contain asbestos until you break them, but that breakage could have disastrous conse quences. After all, you don’t want to inhale the fibres. You’ll have to call a professional for an inspection.

How to Safely Remove Asbestos

You shouldn’t remove this material on your own. We can remove asbestos for you. It could harm anyone it comes in contact with, and you might not notice the effects until years later. Instead, clear allchildren from the home and require all adults who enter it to wear goggles and face masks that cover the nose and mouth. But even if you have this safety equipment, you should have a professional remove the material for you.

Additionally, you’ll need a bin so you can safely dispose of this material. Call your bin hire company to get a special asbestos removal receptacle. You’llmake your removal team’s job easier, and you’ll keep your family happier and healthier in the meantime.


Backyard Bins Team

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