Back in the day, marketers labeled asbestos as a magic mineral for construction materials, as it contained many qualities useful in construction building materials, as the fibers are soft and resistant to electricity, heat, and corrosion by chemicals. It’s no wonder that people considered asbestos to be the ideal substance to mix with cement and plastics. That is until the dangers were discovered and asbestos abatement became one of the most in-demand services.
Asbestos has a myriad of public health concerns attached to its use, including asbestosis and various cancers. Because of this, our experts at Atlantic Bay Contracting would like to take this time to delve a bit further into the subject, ensuring our customers are aware of what may be lurking within their homes.
Asbestos doesn’t become dangerous until disturbed, and the fibers enter the air. When inhaled, asbestos fibers can seriously damage your lungs. Asbestosis is an aggravation in the lungs that can lead to scarring. Furthermore, advanced stages of asbestosis can also be fatal, causing cardiac arrest. Even when non-fatal, asbestosis can cause shortness of breath and a cracking sound when breathing. Currently, there is no cure for asbestosis.
Lung cancer is one of the most significant side effects of asbestos exposure. Those who smoke or regularly spend time around other carcinogens are at an even higher risk. If you experience coughing and hoarseness or persistent chest pains and anemia after working near asbestos and its product, it’s best to inform your doctor right away.
Doctors link asbestos exposure to many other forms of cancer beyond lung cancer. One of the more prominent is mesothelioma. This cancer forms in the membrane lining of the lungs, chest, and abdomen and can occasionally affect the heart. Esophagus and kidney cancer may also be connected to asbestos fibers in the air.
While newer homes no longer use asbestos during construction, renovating an older home should raise a red flag. When in doubt, it is always best to contact a team experienced and knowledgeable in asbestos abatement to ensure your family is kept safe.