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Asbestos can be found in many American made products ranging from roof shingles to certain types of paint. Colorado Hazardous Environmental (CHE) has a full list of the most common places to find asbestos. However, knowing where to look for asbestos is only half the battle. Once you’ve identified the poison, successfully eradicating it from your home is the next step.
Even though asbestos is a known and recognized hazardous material, it is still legal to include the naturally occurring mineral in American products as long as the total amount does not exceed one percent. Due to this, it is important to pay attention to these warning signs to ensure you and your loved ones are not subjected to the life-threatening effects of asbestos exposure.
- Did you know tiles that are nine inches by nine inches likely include asbestos? This specific tile size used to be the industry standard when asbestos was a prevalent component of construction materials. The only way, however, to check if your tiles are asbestos free is to have a professional test for the hazardous material.
- Your home was built over 20 years ago. Asbestos was a major ingredient in insulation products, and as a result can be found in a majority of homes and buildings built before 1980. Asbestos testing is necessary for residents living in these types of homes as one of the most common ways people come in contact with the toxic substance is by breathing it in while inside older homes or buildings.
- Asbestos was common in insulating materials for homes because of its fibrous and heat-resistant properties. If you find excess white or grey insulation residue, especially around your home’s floor backings or pipefittings, your home might contain asbestos. Scheduling an asbestos testing is the only surefire way to make sure your living space is asbestos free.
Asbestos cannot be smelt, tastes or seen, rendering it nearly impossible to identify and remove on your own. The main danger of asbestos, however, lies in the mineral’s biological effects. Years of concentrated asbestos exposure can result in the following health issues:
- Ovarian cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal cancer and several other types of cancers
- Pleural effusion
- Lung Cancer
- Pleural plaques
- Pleural thickening
The effects of asbestos can take years to manifest itself into a diagnosable disease. Most people who have been exposed to asbestos, regardless of the timeframe, do not even know it until 50 years later. Because of the toxin’s undetectable nature, it is imperative you schedule asbestos testing for your home or business. Don’t let asbestos jeopardize you and your loved ones’ health. Call the CHE today to schedule an asbestos testing or inspection for your living and/or work space.
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