The more asbestos a person is exposed to, the greater risk a person has of developing an asbestos-related disease. Asbestos exposure comes from inhaling airborne microscopic asbestos fibers. Asbestos can become airborne during a renovation or demolition of buildings containing asbestos materials, or remodeling your home that contains asbestos materials.
If your home was built before 1980, your home probably has asbestos-containing materials that were used in the construction of your home. Asbestos was used in materials including insulation, roofing shingles, floor tiles, and adhesives. If you believe any of these materials in your home could be asbestos-containing materials, do not disturb or damage in any way. Sawing, sanding, scraping, or cutting into any of these asbestos-containing materials will cause these asbestos fibers to release into the air which you breathe.
If you suspect asbestos-containing materials in your home, it is best to have a professional asbestos testing done at your home in Arlington, VA. Asbestos released fibers are not seen by the naked eye. It takes a certified asbestos testing professional to come into your home in Arlington, VA and take samples to send off to a certified lab for analysis.
Asbestos exposure can be deadly if not dealt with in a professional manner. When asbestos fibers are released into the air and you breathe in these fibers, they can get trapped in your lungs and remain there for a long, long time. When these fibers accumulate, they cause scarring and inflammation which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems.
Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen, a substance that causes cancer. Exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma which is a rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen.
What are Asbestos Related Health Symptoms?
• Shortness of breath, hoarseness, and wheezing
• A persistent cough that continues to get worse
• Blood coughed up from the lungs
• Pain or tightening in the chest
• Difficulty swallowing
• Swelling of the neck or face
• Loss of appetite and weight loss
• Fatigue or anemia
Call for asbestos testing at your home in Arlington, VA if you suspect you have asbestos-related materials that have been damaged or disturbed or if you are getting ready to do any remodeling where these materials might be located in your home.