Why Research is Crucial When Choosing an Asbestos Abatement Company

6 Easy Places to Identify Asbestos in Your Home:

How Asbestos Can Affect the Cost Value of Your Home

So many homeowners are not aware about asbestos and its serious ramifications. This is a problem because, when selling a house, it is legally required for the knowledge of any asbestos on the property to be shared with the buyer. If someone buys a house and discovers an asbestos issue in it, there are grounds for a lawsuit. In home renovations, asbestos that has been undisturbed and a non-threat until now, will suddenly be broken up and spread out into the air during any renovations. There can be many severe health ramifications if this does happen.

As a buyer, always ask the owner about any asbestos problems there may be. If the owner is unsure or has no way to prove the absence of asbestos in the home, require that they have the house inspected for it before you close. This is your right, and going into a deal without knowledge of asbestos could end up costing you thousands.

As a homeowner, performing an asbestos inspection and abatement on your property is extremely valuable. It is a very trustworthy thing to be able to inform future buyers that your home is not a hazard and no amount of remodeling or construction will make it one.

For both ends of the deal, asbestos inspection and abatement is the responsible investment to make. When in the real estate market, don’t forget to keep asbestos in mind.

Can I Remove Asbestos on My Own?

With home repair, there are many small and odd jobs that can definitely be DIY-ified. Researching ways to do things yourself saves money and makes you a more responsible homeowner. When it comes to asbestos though, there is a clear consensus in the research that it must be removed by a professional.

Why is asbestos different? Because asbestos is inherently made up of toxic, disease causing fibers that, if inhaled in even microscopic amounts, can have severely adverse effects on health. When you hire a professional to do the job, not only will they be wearing protective gear, but they will also section off the area so that the harmful fibers won’t be able to spread anywhere. Additionally, the machinery used by professional removal companies is uniquely powerful and thorough in its job, dominating any “high-end” DIY equipment that is available to the public. And lastly, there is a very specific, government-regulated way to dispose of asbestos containing materials. Those “dumps” are only available to professionals. So if you remove the material on your own, you’ll have nowhere safe and legal to dispose of it.

The protective gear, containment equipment, efficient machinery, and disposal methods are vital when dealing with asbestos and can only be provided by a professional team.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma:

Among the many health issues that asbestos is responsible for, Mesothelioma is its most recognized one. Mesothelioma is a cancer named for the protective membrane over the organs in which asbestos fibers lodge upon inhalation. The cancer occurs as a result of inflammation and scarring of cells and DNA. Tumors can develop decades after the initial exposure. There are different kinds of Mesothelioma based on the locations in which the fibers lodge in the body (see image). Pleural Mesothelioma occurs when fibers get stuck in the lungs’ lining. Peritoneal Mesothelioma is caused when the fibers land in the abdominal cavity.

Until the 20th century, Mesothelioma was vastly unknown and very rare. The incidence rates of this disease have skyrocketed since the industrial use of asbestos rose. Mesothelioma is a devastating disease, all caused by a material that has been used by the tons in our buildings and construction sites. Make sure that your property is asbestos-free by having it inspected by our team of professionals.

Resource:

https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma

Protect Your Employees from Asbestos!

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As the leader of a construction or industrial building company, asbestos can become one of your worst enemies. When asbestos is friable, or prone to disintegrate into the air, it can cause a plethora of diseases including cancers and a disease caused specifically by asbestos, called “Asbestosis”. So if asbestos is a present at your worksite, the following statistics are worth reading:

All of these facts and more are why people are coming in droves to file lawsuits against workplaces that were/are ridden with asbestos containing materials. Lawsuits can take the form of Personal Injury lawsuits, Wrongful Death lawsuits, and Trust Fund claims on behalf of the employee’s family. Workers can also opt for worker’s compensation. Either way, this becomes a major complication for your company.

Asbestos issues at one’s worksite are so common that, in order to diagnose an asbestos-related disease, doctors will almost always ask for occupational history. Mesothelioma is the cancer most strongly related to asbestos exposure. This disease only surfaces 20-50 years after the initial exposure. So even if employees are not reporting yet, health issues have a chance to surface for a while.

For all of these reasons and more, having your workplace inspected for asbestos is a very wise idea. Don’t wait until it becomes an issue that threatens the health of your employees. Nip any issues in the bud and make sure asbestos not something for you to worry about.

Asbestos: The Underrated Threat

“Buckle up!”, “Wear a mask!”, “Don’t forget the sunscreen!” Why do all of these safety mantras sound so familiar but “Check your home for asbestos” doesn’t? It’s not because asbestos is any less dangerous or cause of illness than the others… Here’s really why asbestos isn’t one of the “cool” safety concerns we’ve all hear about so much:

  1. Powerful asbestos companies have tried to cast doubts on just how dangerous this this substance really is. Once the dangers of asbestos become widespread, their business models will immediately collapse, and they don’t want to take that risk.
  2. Asbestos education in the workplace has been “boring” and has failed to capture its listeners’ imaginations. It is an unknown and confusing topic, so it is difficult to grab the attention of the people it threatens.
  3. Due to its prevalence in construction and industrial work, the middle and upper classes have failed to give this poison the attention it needs. The risks of exposure outside of an asbestos-ridden home are usually limited to those working in blue collar jobs, so white collar workers are less motivated to make change.

Let’s end this tragic lack of attention NOW and spread awareness about the dangers of asbestos! #spreadawareness

Resources:

Douglas, Tom. “Why the Health Threat from Asbestos Is Not a Thing of the Past.” The Conversation, 7 Oct. 2020.

Facts About Asbestos Exposure in the U.S:

  1. More than 100 million Americans have been exposed to asbestos. That’s almost a third of the population! This thing is no myth.

2. Every year, 1.3 million American construction and general industry workers alone are exposed to asbestos. These jobs put their workers at a higher risk of exposure to this poisonous substance.

3. The U.S. imported 750 tons (!!!) of raw asbestos in 2018. That’s a lot of a dangerous substance for our country to be importing.

4. But what makes asbestos so bad that you should care about all of these statistics? Well, because asbestos kills approximately 12,000-15,000 people every year.

Don’t become a statistic. Let Enviroscope make sure your property is safe and asbestos-free.

Asbestos: A Quick Rundown

Asbestos: What Is Asbestos and How Does It Cause Cancer

You’ve heard of and seen mold, and you’re familiar with the dangers of lead. But asbestos? That’s where most of us get a little lost. But fear not, I’m here to break it down for you so you can have your questions answered once and for all and get this dangerous substance out of your home and work environment.

First off, where is this stuff found? Well, it’s actually insulating a lot of our homes and buildings throughout the world. It was used by construction workers to insulate and fireproof structures. In addition to that, it was used to create various other things such as blankets, wicks, hats, and shoes. All was fine and dandy until the 1960’s, when the lethal effects of asbestos dust were discovered. Since then, asbestos has been banned from use in most countries. Phew.

So, now that we understand what it was used for, let’s understand where this rascal comes from. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring substance that can be mined in various parts of the world. It comes in six different variations based on chemical compositions.

The whole “naturally-occurring” doesn’t make this thing sound so bad. But think again, my friend. This substance can cause major health hazards in humans and animals alike. Asbestos is responsible for many forms of cancer, including Mesothelioma, a cancer almost exclusively caused by asbestos. There’s also a lung disease cause asbestosis. Not sure I’d wanna live in a home lined with something that has its own disease…Unfortunately, this poisonous fiber still lines the roof of so many of our structures. When asbestos begins to age, it turns dusty. These dust particles are the real troublemakers. This is why we at Enviroscope offer asbestos inspections and testing. In order to do this, we test the air quality in the insulated areas of homes and buildings. We have lab results delivered back to you that are quick and easy to read.

And if that test comes out with levels too high for safe-living? Enviroscope is there to help. We strongly believe in the value of fresh and healthy air to breathe, which is why we offer asbestos removal services that are thorough and intensive. We will clean your home or building of this dangerous substance once and for all, making sure asbestos becomes a thing of the past.

I hope you enjoyed this asbestos walk-through and even learned a little something. It is our mission at Enviroscope to make sure that our customers are only breathing in clean, toxin-free air. Now everybody breathe in 1…2…3.. Feel that? That’s a breath of fresh air.