Some of the most dangerous things you can inhale are the fibers from asbestos. Breathing these fibers in can cause serious respiratory problems and eventually cancer. Knowing what asbestos is and how to avoid it can save you and your family’s lungs from harm’s way.
Where Does It Come From?
Asbestos used to be incorporated in many different types of wall insulation, fireproofing, floor tiles, and many other building supplies. While the government has banned its use in some types of materials, it is still present in many others. Even though the use of the material has dwindled, old buildings and homes still contain asbestos within the insulation in the walls and flooring.
How Does It Affect You?
When the asbestos fibers are bothered, they will be released into the air and can float around for some time. Inhaling these fibers will allow some of the pollutants to enter your lungs and remain there. This can increase your risk for lung cancer and mesothelioma. The tiny yet harmful particles can even cause scar tissue to develop in the lungs, a condition known as asbestosis. This will make breathing extremely difficult and can result in death.
Ways You Can Protect Yourself
If your home or business is insulated with materials that contain asbestos, leave them be. If the material is not exposed or touched, the fibers can not become airborne. However, if the materials are disturbed or are in an open space, hire professionals to fix the insulation or install new material.
The first step in protecting yourself from asbestos is knowing more about it and how it can affect you. When this air quality killer is poking out of your crawl space, basement, or attic, contact the pros at EnviroGreen Boston to clear the room! To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.