Asbestos Testing And Removal

Some older homes still have problems with asbestos, a molecule that can cause severe illness. Here is what you need to know about asbestos testing and removal.  

What are the Effects of Asbestos?

Asbestos has links to several serious diseases. One disease that's specific to asbestos poisoning is asbestosis, which is where a person's lungs become scarred from repeated inhalation of asbestos molecules. Over time, this can affect the person's ability to breathe. Another problem with asbestos is that it can cause an increased risk for lung cancer. Mesothelioma is also a risk; this disease is a deadly lung cancer that causes the chest wall to deteriorate. These illnesses can be heartbreaking, as families sometimes don't catch the asbestos poisoning until it's too late.  

Who is At Risk?

Everyone can be affected by asbestos poisoning. However, people who already have compromised lungs may experience more problems with asbestos. For instance, those who already have a high risk of lung cancer due to smoking should avoid asbestos at all costs. Those who have a compromised immune system from old age or disease may have a hard time dealing with asbestos poisoning. Young children, whose lungs have not fully formed, should not be exposed to any asbestos. 

Testing for Asbestos

A professional inspector can test for asbestos in your home. The asbestos removal company will take samples from your ceiling and walls in order to test for the presence of asbestos. Note that you should never try to test for asbestos yourself, because disturbing asbestos molecules can cause them to be released into the air and cause lung damage. 

How to Get Rid of Asbestos

Again, any treatment of asbestos should always be done by a professional (such as one from Hazmat Solutions Asbestos). Your professional asbestos team will be able to remove and dispose of the asbestos in your home, all while wearing protective equipment to keep them from inhaling the particles. After the asbestos is removed from the ceiling, you may want to do a deep clean to remove particles of asbestos from the air. Aside from leaving windows open to air out the space, you should get a vacuum to clean up any lingering particles in the room. In order to be thorough, you may need to replace the filters in your HVAC system and have it cleaned so that it doesn't blow remaining particles back into your home. 

Getting rid of asbestos is time-consuming, but it's a necessary step for protecting your family's health. An asbestos removal service can help you in testing for asbestos, removing the source of asbestos poisoning, and cleaning your home afterwards.