Asbestos was widely used in buildings that were constructed before the 1970’s. It was a fairly cheap material that is extremely heat resistant. When added to concrete it makes the material stronger without adding much weight. At this time there was no understanding of the dangers to health that asbestos brings, especially when it is disturbed. These dangers did not come to light until it was too late and people were already getting sick. Today, even though people are aware of all these dangers they may not understand how widespread the problem of asbestos is.
Although the use of asbestos as a building material was banned in the mid-1980s, there were exemptions that allowed builders to still use some forms of asbestos longer than this. This means that a lot of people may be at risk from asbestos without knowing it, as they think that it is a problem that was resolved decades ago. It may also be in places that you would not expect, such as flooring and ceilings. Although it is not something that many people consider to be an issue anymore as it has now been banned, asbestos still poses a real danger to the health of anyone that comes into contact with it on a regular basis.
Asbestos has been directly related to thousands of cases of people developing cancer and lung disease. Fibers are released from the asbestos materials which can be breathed in by people who spend a lot of time in these buildings. Eventually, these fibers can cause one of any number of health issues such as scarring of the lungs, lung cancer, and mesothelioma which is cancer of the chest wall or abdominal cavity. There are no known cures for asbestos-related diseases and symptoms sometimes only begin to show many years after the original exposure. In some cases, this has been as much as sixty years.
If your property was built more that twenty-five years ago and has never been tested for asbestos, then this is something that you need to do as a matter of urgency. If there is asbestos in your home or residential property then everyone that visits there could be at risk. Asbestos testing will give you a definite answer as to whether you have any asbestos in your property and whether there is any further action that needs to be taken. A testing company will usually take samples from around your home which will then be tested at a laboratory for traces of asbestos.
Most companies that offer asbestos testing edmonton will also be able to remove any asbestos that is found. The advantage of using the same company for both services is that they will already know where the asbestos is in your property and so it will be a quicker process to remove it. Testing is usually the first process that an asbestos removal company will carry out, and so you may be able to get a combined price for both a testing and removal service.
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