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Why Hire a Contractor for Asbestos Removal?

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Why hire a contractor for asbestos removal?

Asbestos removal is complicated.

 

Hiring an asbestos abatement company is not only the easiest way to remove asbestos, but is also the SAFEST.

Contractors, facilities managers and others cannot safely remove asbestos without proper training and licensing.

Complications of Doing-It-Yourself:

  • Only Residential properties: Asbestos removal by homeowner is limited to residential property. A certified abatement professional must do the work on a commercial property.
  • Single-family only: Self-removal can only be performed in single-family residences. This does not include multiple-family units or mixed-use buildings that contain a residential unit.
  • Permits are required and vary by location. In one area, several agencies could be regulating asbestos removal.
  • Proper disposal: Asbestos cannot be put with the regular garage. It must be disposed of at an approved facility.

While it’s legal for homeowners to remove asbestos themselves, asbestos can cause life-threatening diseases if not properly removed. Disease symptoms may take many years to develop following exposure and can be difficult to identify.

The three primary health concerns associated with asbestos exposure are:

  • Lung cancer.
  • Mesothelioma, a cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest, abdomen and heart.
  • Asbestosis, a serious progressive, long-term disease of the lungs.

Smokers are at greater risk.

How Does Asbestos Affect Our Health?

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Most people are exposed to small amounts of asbestos throughout their daily lives and do not develop health issues.  Asbestos in solid form is typically not an issue.  However, when it begins to crumble, is sawed, scraped, or sanded, it become a serious threat.  The asbestos fibers can then be inhaled causing damage to our respiratory system or ingested causing damage to the lining of the stomach.

By studying groups of people who have been exposed to asbestos in factories and shipyards, we have learned that breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to

  • lung cancer: the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that destroy healthy tissue,
  • mesothelioma: a cancer of the lining of the chest and the abdominal cavity, and
  • asbestosis: scarring of the lung tissues.

The risk to one’s health increases under the following conditions:

  • fiber size,
  • the density of fiber dust,
  • the length of time exposed,
  • personal susceptibility,
  • and smoking.

The symptoms of these diseases do not usually appear for 10 to 40 years after the initial exposure.  Symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath,
  • dry or persistent cough,
  • bluish lips and fingertips,
  • pain from breathing,
  • weight loss, and
  • blood in sputum or stools.