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The Eco Preservation Society isn't forcing one to take extreme steps, but rather encouraging each of us to take a minumum of one eco friendly step toward becoming more sustainable. If most of us take one step then as a complete, we could make a substantial difference.
The Eco Preservation Society is a membership, educational and networking organization specializing in the promotion of sustainable human action focused on achieving positive environmental effects. Our job is to market study, travel and instruction applications that advance environmental awareness and facilitate public consciousness with a call to action.
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The Eco Preservation Society is a membership, educational and networking organization specializing in the promotion of sustainable human action focused on achieving positive environmental effects. Our job is to market study, travel and instruction applications that advance environmental awareness and facilitate public consciousness with a call to action.

Asbestos Exposure at Home – Are You At Risk?

Asbestos exposure is a risk you don't want to take. This short article explains how to check - and what to do if you are at risk.

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Asbestos exposure is a risk you don't want to take. This short article explains how to check - and what to do if you are at risk.

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Are You At Risk From Asbestos Exposure?

 

Asbestos at home

(A Guest Blog on the important topic of asbestos exposure)

Everyone likes to think of their house as a safe haven for their family. However, the exact opposite may be true for residents of older homes – especially homes that were built before the 1980s.

Many homes built in the first three quarters of the 20th century contain asbestos. During that period, many companies added asbestos to their home construction products, because the inexpensive, durable fibers were good insulators.  Some of the materials that were often produced with asbestos include:

  • Fiberboard/wallboard
  • Shingles
  • Tiles
  • Adhesives
  • Spray-on wall coatings
  • Insulation

Aging Asbestos

Unfortunately, many of these materials are still present in private residences, providing a risk of asbestos exposure. Most of the products contain non-friable asbestos (asbestos that is fully contained within the product and not considered a health risk), but as the materials age and deteriorate, they may become an asbestos exposure threat.

Even if they are still in excellent condition, there may still be an asbestos exposure risk if they are improperly removed or replaced.  Homeowners may unintentionally cause this damage during home renovation projects.  Sawing, cracking, hammering or any other damaging activities can release the fibers into the air, where residents can inhale them.

How to Keep Your Home Safe from Asbestos

Fortunately, you can take proactive steps to prevent against asbestos exposure in your home.

If you (or someone you care about) lives in a building that was constructed before the 1980s (after which asbestos products became regulated in the United States) you should contact an asbestos inspection company for a home evaluation. The company can thoroughly check the home for any materials that would pose an asbestos threat if disturbed.

Once asbestos-containing products are identified, then reach out to a different abatement company to address the asbestos threats.  The licensed asbestos professionals can then remove or encapsulate any products that pose an asbestos threat to the home’s residents.

Tip:  Don’t perform any renovations on areas of your house where asbestos is present. An asbestos contractor should always be hired to address asbestos-containing materials in the area before general renovations are performed. This helps prevent any accidental asbestos exposure within the home. This in turn could possibly prevent an asbestos related cancer.

About the Author: Faith Franz researches and writes about health-related issues for The Mesothelioma Center. One of her focuses is living with cancer.

Photo credit: asbestos.com

 

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