Asbestos is the term used to describe a good number of naturally occurring fibrous minerals with resistance to heat, high tensile strength, and resistance to a lot of chemicals. These properties natural properties made it a popular choice for over 3,000 different products manufactured over the last century. Materials containing asbestos were used in lots of environments including, but not limited to, commercial and industrial facilities, residential properties, schools, and universities.
How to Tell If Your West Michigan Home Has Asbestos
Though asbestos is no longer widely used today, before the 1970s, it was used in the production of most building materials, building products and equipment and a lot of homes in West Michigan were built before the 70s!
Whenever any of the materials containing asbestos are moved, repaired or damaged, they may release asbestos fibers into the atmosphere. Water-damaged, crumbly, or lose, the material can also release asbestos fibers into the atmosphere as well as sawing, drilling, sanding, tearing or cutting materials that may contain asbestos.
Basically, tampering with surfaces made with asbestos releases it into the atmosphere.
How to Recognize Asbestos
Recently manufactured products generally do not contain asbestos, however, some regularly used products that might contain asbestos are:
Artificial embers and ashes
Asbestos cement roofing, shingles, and siding.
Cement sheeting used as insulation around furnaces.
Clutch facing, automobile gaskets, brake pads, and linings.
Door gaskets in coal stoves, wood stoves, and furnaces.
Furnace ducts, steam pipes, and boilers.
Joint and patching compounds for walls and ceilings and textured paints.
Resilient floor tiles (asphalt, rubber, and vinyl asbestos).
Soundproofing or decorative spray on ceilings and walls.
Asbestos health risk
It is estimated that about 1.3 million employees in the construction industry nationwide are potentially exposed to asbestos while on their jobs. That’s a lot of people! Workers in the construction industry face the highest exposure to asbestos, but that does not mean that they are the only ones in danger.
Even though you may not be exposed to the same volume of asbestos as construction workers, the effects build up over time. It may also take several years for its effects to manifest. Over time, asbestos fibers embedded in the lung tissue may cause serious lung diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis. If you’re a smoker who’s been exposed to asbestos, you stand the highest health risk.
Three of the significant health effects associated with asbestos exposure include:
Asbestosis: this is a severe long-term, progressive, non-cancerous disease of the lung and occurs as a result of the prolonged inhaling of asbestos fibers. These fibers irritate and can scar the lung’s tissues. This then makes it difficult for oxygen to get into the blood. Some symptoms include dry, crackling sound in the lungs while inhaling and shortness of breath. There is no definitive effective treatment for asbestosis.
Lung Cancer: lung cancer is responsible for the highest number of asbestos exposure related deaths. People who work in mining, milling, and manufacturing of asbestos have a higher chance of would develop lung cancer than those who don’t. Common symptoms of lung cancer include hoarseness, persistent chest pain, shortness of breath and anemia.
Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is an uncommon form of cancer that occurs in the thin lining (membrane) of the lung, heart, abdomen, and chest. You may not observe any of these symptoms until many years after your exposure to asbestos which is why a lot is being done to prevent school kids from being exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos abatement services in Michigan
Asbestos abatement in Michigan cannot be a DIY project! The best and only way to effectively get rid of asbestos for good is to enlist the services of professionals – professionals like us.
As abatement professionals in Grand Rapids, we are the top contractor to call for all your asbestos abatement service needs. Exposure to asbestos can lead to severe health problems if not correctly handled.
Common Asbestos Abatement Methods Include:
Covering (enclosure) – here, we seal off the areas containing asbestos and make use of proactive wrap or jacket to seal for exposed insulation piping.
Sealing (encapsulation) – here, we make use of a sealant to seal areas affected, thus binding the asbestos fiber together to get rid of possible hazards.
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We are expert asbestos abatement professionals in Michigan specializing in Asbestos Removal in Grand Rapids and across the state, and we have the knowledge and experience required to handle asbestos abatement jobs of all sizes, be it a private residence or a public facility.
Contact us when you are looking for asbestos abatement in Grand Rapids; call today with any questions you may have, and our experienced estimators will provide the answers you need to make your asbestos abatement process as quick and as easy as possible!