When you are a homeowner or business owner, the team at American Restoration understands that there typically is a list of things to fix and maintain. Whether it is the pipes, water systems, or wires, there are plenty of things to keep track of. However, one of the most damaging issues that can cause more harm than you may be aware of, is asbestos. Asbestos is also one of the toughest materials to find and remove. Below are a few things you should know.
Before tackling its potential effects, it is important to know how Asbestos became a problem in the first place. It all began during the late 19th and 20th century when almost all construction projects heavily featured the material. Their reasons were easy to understand – it was a cheap and effective fire-resistant material that could also be used as a thermal and acoustic insulator. However, without knowledge of its potential side effects, it was used in a large number of homes and businesses and led to many homeowners being faced with the challenge of removing it.
The major reason as to why Asbestos is so deadly is attributed to its size and the fact that it is carcinogenic, or cancer-causing. To put it into perspective, strings of the mineral can be up to 18,000 smaller than a strand of our hair. When they face any disturbance, these abrasive strands can easily be inhaled and lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma, and throat cancer. It is so lethal that it kills up to 15,000 Americans every year. Asbestos poses more of a health risk than many think.
The Next Steps
When it comes to a material that poses such serious risks, it’s crucial to make sure your home and business are asbestos-free. The experts at American Restoration are trained to locate and remove asbestos to ensure your health and safety. Reach out to us, we are here to help!