Asbestos, Biohazard & Trauma Remediation
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Asbestos can be tricky to catch — but it’s dangerous to miss.
Our seasoned experts know exactly how to find and remove this carcinogen before it has the chance to affect your health. We’ll take you through the testing and removal process as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can get back to your regular life, worry-free.
Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos and Biohazards
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural mineral that was once used widely in materials like cement, plastic, and fabric because of its flexibility and resistance to corrosion.
The mineral fibers are extremely toxic to humans when inhaled or ingested — once inside the body, they don’t pass through or dissipate, thus causing severe scarring and an increased risk of aggressive cancers like mesothelioma over time.
What are the signs of asbestos poisoning?
Over time, breathing in asbestos fibers can scar your lungs. The beginning signs usually include:
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue and difficulty focusing
- Chest or shoulder pain
If you experience any of these symptoms and believe you’ve been exposed to asbestos, contact your doctor right away. Those most at risk for asbestos exposure are individuals in the construction and electrical industry who have been involved with the demolition of old buildings containing the mineral.
Is asbestos okay if left undisturbed?
If asbestos is left completely undisturbed, it doesn’t present a health risk since the mineral fibers won’t be inhaled. If the material containing the asbestos (typically concrete, insulation, or flooring) is damaged, however, it will immediately become dangerous and need to be removed, ideally by a professional, certified asbestos abatement company.
Can a one-time exposure to asbestos be dangerous?
While no amount of asbestos exposure is considered safe, thankfully the health risks of a short-term event are pretty low on average. Things like a one-time exposure during a home renovation are unlikely to cause future diseases like mesothelioma or other cancers.
With that said, it’s important to note that asbestos exposure is cumulative, so short occurrences can add up to cause harm over time. Even if the exposures happen years apart, each one increases your risk of developing severe health problems, so it’s best to stay away from asbestos entirely.
Extreme events can also cause heightened exposure over a short period of time — for example, contact during the 9/11 attacks led to an especially high rate of disease despite the short window of exposure. Pay extra attention to asbestos during natural disasters or large construction projects.
Can a homeowner remove asbestos on his or her own?
Legally, yes, a homeowner can attempt to remove asbestos from his or her own property. There used to be an array of federal regulations that prevented these do-it-yourself projects, but as of 2018 all of them have been lifted.
Although there is no legal trouble associated with removing asbestos on your own, it is still dangerous, and we strongly recommend against it. The Environmental Protection Agency advises homeowners to use an accredited abatement professional to avoid the risk of future problems and long-term health complications.
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