One of the many checks you need to make before remodeling your home or business is the level of the natural mineral called “asbestos”. This mineral is actually a compilation of other natural minerals, namely crocidolite, tremolite, chrysotile, actinolite, anthophyllite, and amosite. Although they are considered natural minerals, when they are combined they actually become a hazardous waste that can be found in the fibers of old construction materials.
That is why it is required for all buildings with high levels of asbestos to be professionally cleaned and treated. Otherwise, the toxins released from the mineral can produce severe health and respiratory problems including:
- Mesothelioma: A form of cancer that attacks the chest, lungs and abdominal lining.
- Asbestosis: Frays the lungs and windpipe by scarring the sensitive coating over the tissue.
However, these fibers cannot be found or contained in any modern product. Asbestos formulates in products such as door gaskets, insulation, siding, shingles, floor tiles and cement roofing that was installed prior to 1980.
If you do have construction materials that were installed prior to 1980, then the danger is only apparent if the material has been torn, cut, or damaged. Unlike mold, termites or other insurgents in your home or business, asbestos cannot be seen by the naked eye, even by most professionals. The only time a threat could be imminent is if there is extreme wear on materials that have been labeled or identified to contain asbestos. Should there be no damage indicating otherwise, then there is no immediate threat to your health.
Nonetheless, should you discover or suspect the presence of asbestos in your building, call one of our professionals immediately. The removal and decontamination of asbestos is highly dangerous and should NOT be done by yourself—ONLY by someone who has been properly trained. Our duty is to provide you and your home or business with the quickest and best quality care, service and satisfaction. Call us now: (951) 270-5304 or use our online form.