If you watch television, chances are you’ve heard that asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma. What may not be as clear, however, is what mesothelioma is and how asbestos exposure causes it. This blog will cover the basics of mesothelioma, as well as the link it and other health conditions have to asbestos exposure, but it’s important to remember to consult a doctor for an actual examination and diagnosis of any health problems.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that usually occurs in the lungs, but can also afflict the lining of the abdominal cavity or the sac surrounding the heart. According the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, asbestos exposure is the primary but not only cause of mesothelioma. Unfortunately, not only do the effects of mesothelioma often imitate other, less serious conditions, they can also take as long as 20 to 50 years to manifest, making the task of diagnosis dangerous.
Asbestos is a fibrous, naturally-occurring mineral. It is an efficient and inexpensive insulator and naturally fireproof, and these qualities meant it was used widely, particularly in the construction industry. This used largely stopped by 1978 with the passage of laws and regulations restricting its use, but because it had already been used in so many buildings, exposure continues to remain a risk. Asbestos can be found throughout the home, but most notably in insulation, textured plasters in walls and ceilings, and in some kinds of concrete and flooring, particularly those used around furnaces, stoves, water heaters, and fireplaces.
Asbestos exposure typically happens when asbestos-containing construction materials are damaged, allowing the fibers to become airborne. They are then accidentally inhaled, potentially being swallowed or lodging into the throat or lungs.
Because asbestos exposure most often happens from damaged or disturbed materials lofting fibers into the air, if you suspect that your home contains asbestos building materials it’s best to leave them alone and call a professional. It’s impossible to identify asbestos materials without the use of a specialized microscope or other specialized equipment, so the identification of these materials is best left to a properly-equipped technician trained to avoid dangerously damaging or disturbing them.
Once the materials are identified, if they are damaged or otherwise putting you and your family or employees and customers at risk, a plan for mitigation and/or removal can be formulated. Insurance will often cover the cost, but it’s best to make a claim immediately and work with a abatement company that is trusted by and will coordinate with your insurance provider.
If your property suffers a flood, fire or other unexpected event, call your insurance carrier and report it. Then have your home tested by a state certified inspector. If they find asbestos, lead or mold, tell your adjuster you want an estimate from Superior Abatement Services Inc.
Once you have made your claim, mention Superior Abatement Services Inc. With over 100 years combined experience in the asbestos abatement industry and great working relationship with many major providers throughout California, we have the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively complete your abatement project on time and on budget.
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