Get Rid Of An Existing Danger By Calling Asbestos Abatement Services
I grew up in the beautiful town of Idaho Springs where life is still simple. One of my fond memories growing up in the mountains is learning woodcraft from my father, who learned from his father. What started as a small activity with my dad while learning to craft and create wooden items and showpieces in our backyard, turned into a full-fledged weekend activity. So, one-weekend dad and his friends, set up a small shack-sized workshop in the backyard. I clearly remember five men laying out a roof on the workshop, which has lasted all these years. But a little after 20 years from then, while talking to a friend I realized that we had been staying next to danger all this time. I immediately searched for the nearest asbestos abatement services in Colorado Springs. On contact, I took the necessary advice from the experts and have an inspection scheduled for this afternoon to have the inspection done. I’m sure many of you already know, but for those who are still unaware, let me explain what danger I’m talking about.
What is asbestos?
As many of us know, ‘Asbestos’ is a handful of different naturally occurring minerals, which when mixed with housing material, make them fireproof, insulating, affordable and easy to handle. From the 1950s, it was popularly known as a wonder material as people were able to form it into a wide variety of useful shapes and all the other properties related to safety that were popularly known about them till the end of the 1970s. The roof that was laid on the workshop in my backyard was mixed with asbestos, which is now globally known to have a health risk.
What is the risk?
The problem with asbestos arises when it cracks or breaks and releases its fibers in the air. If humans or animals are exposed to and inhale these fibers for a very long time, the fibers will enter the lungs and can gradually damage them over time. This disease is popularly known as ‘Asbestosis’. It is a serious long-term lung condition that is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. But thankfully, my family and I had moved to Denver many years ago and only come to this house on vacation. So, nobody in my family was affected by the health risk posed by the presence of asbestos in the workshop’s roof.
Research has also shown that exposure to asbestos increases the risk of asbestosis, but also several cancers, mesothelioma, and other related diseases. The use of asbestos in building material has been argued upon since the 1970s but has still not been completely banned in the U.S. Hence, so many people in the U.S, have shown deference to get their house treated or inspected for the presence of asbestos.
Perhaps if you do a little online search on the little town of Libby in Montana, you’ll know the devastating effects of asbestos that wiped-out a large population of the town and is still observing many cases of asbestos exposure surfacing with time. The whole town was largely invested in the mining of asbestos from the vermiculite mines in the area. Due to the prolonged exposure to asbestos dust and despite the government’s declaration of safe environmental conditions, a large number of people still don’t consider Libby to be a perfectly safe place for human inhabitance. This is the biggest example of how asbestos presents a health risk for all of us.
How to inspect asbestos in your house?
Eventually, the workshop’s roof needed replacement, something that we should have done a long time ago, along with a thorough inspection of our vacation house as well. I strongly advise that you should not attempt to examine any asbestos-based material yourself as there is always a risk of exposure.
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