A mineral ore mined and refined to produce a strong, versatile fiber, asbestos is used in hundreds of construction and building materials. When we think about possible sources of asbestos in the home, we typically think of insulation. However, asbestos-containing materials can be found in other products in your Washington, D.C. or Northern Virginia home, including some roofing and siding shingles, vinyl flooring, and textured paint. The EPA banned all new uses of asbestos in 1989, but uses developed before 1989 are still allowed in many industries, as asbestos is resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals.
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People may be exposed to asbestos in the workplace or home. When products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny fibers are released into the air; when breathed in, these asbestos fibers may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Those fibers can eventually lead to lung scarring and inflammation, as well as serious health problems, including cancer.
Prolonged exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma, or cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen. Mesothelioma can affect in the lining of the lungs, the abdomen's peritoneum, or layer that covers the abdominal cavity and organs, the pericardium, or membrane that surrounds the heart, or even in the lining surrounding the testicles. The symptoms of mesothelioma can show up 20 to 50 years after initial exposure to asbestos. Symptoms may include unexplained weight loss, chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, and fatigue. There is no known cure for mesothelioma, but treatment options include surgery, chemotheraphy, and radiation.
Lung cancer can also be causes by the presence of asbestos fibers in the body. Symptoms of lung cancer include difficulty breathing, blood in sputum, coughing and chest pain, weight loss, and fatigue. Lung cancer symptoms often appear long after initial exposure to asbestos.
For more information on asbestos and the danger it could bring to your home and your family, contact Envirotex. Serving Washington, D.C, and Northern Virginia, Envirotex has completed thousands of mold and asbestos inspections and solutions.
About Envriotex Environmental Services
Established in Northern Virginia in 2000, Envirotex Environmental Services was founded on military service. While serving his country, the company's owner Mr. Freeman gained vast knowledge and experience in the environmental services field. His expertise in air monitoring and hazardous materials testing prepared him for his post-military career.
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