|Danger from at-home Asbestos
Danger from at-home Asbestos
There are several illnesses associated with asbestos exposure. The most common include: asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma
Asbestos becomes a problem when it enters the body and becomes lodged within the tissues. There it can trigger changes to the body's cells and cause uncontrolled cancerous growth of the tissues, Asbestos can enter the body by being inhaled or ingested. Asbestos ore is made up of visible fibrous strands. These strands break down into bundles of fibers and then into individual fibers. These fibers in turn break further becoming as small as microscopic dust particles. This process is unique to asbestos. When the extremely small particles of asbestos become airborne, being so small they can remain airborne for long periods of time. Additionally their very small size causes them to be almost invisible and therefore people can be unaware that they are being exposed to airborne asbestos. When the particles of asbestos fiber are breathed in, they pass through the respiratory passages and can bypass the body's defense mechanisms. Larger particles of dust or other foreign substances can become lodged in the airways closer to the opening to the respiratory passages. The body is therefore more likely to be able to physically remove these particles through sneezing or coughing. The very small particles of asbestos travel deep within the respiratory passages before becoming lodged and are not easily ejected. Once they are in the body they can cause disease-causing changes to the tissues.
Things not to do with asbestos
first of all, Don't assume anything is non-asbestos containing just it doesn't look like to.
Don't touch or disturb asbestos material on walls, ceilings, pipes or boilers, for these activities will release asbestos into the air.
Don't allow children to play near pipes or furnaces which have or suspected to have friable asbestos insulation around them. Just tossing a ball against asbestos material could release many invisible fibers.
Don't let your dog or cat run free in a basement suspected to have asbestos materials. The animal can pick up asbestos fibers on its fur and shake them off in other areas of the home.
Don't use abrasive pads or brushes on power strippers to strip wax from asbestos flooring. Never use a power stripper on a dry floor.
Don't dust, sweep, or vacuum debris you think contains asbestos. (Remember: a regular vacuum cleaner allows asbestos fibers to pass right through it and re-enter the room and only to disturb it more)
Don't hang plants or other things from ceilings that may contain asbestos.
Don't tack or hammer nails into walls. The joint-compound in walls often contain asbestos.
Don't track material that could contain asbestos through the house. If you cannot avoid walking through the area, have it cleaned with a wet mop. If the material is from a damaged area, or if a large area must be cleaned, call an asbestos professional.
Don't allow curtain rods or room dividers hanging on ceiling tracks to bump or brush into walls or ceilings.
Don't brush, sweep or sand ceilings and walls that contain asbestos insulation.
Don't knock the plaster or ceiling panels loose when replacing light bulbs or fixtures.
Don't saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in asbestos materials.
Don't sand or try to level asbestos flooring or its backing. When asbestos flooring needs replacing, install new floor covering over it, if possible.
Things to do with asbestos
First of all, Do assume anything suspected material that's unknown to be asbestos containing before it's tested
Do have removal and major repair done by people trained and qualified in handling asbestos.
Do routine inspections on walls, ceilings, pipes and boilers which contain asbestos. This to make sure that any asbestos material is in good shape.
Do change your shoes before going back upstairs from the basement if there is damaged asbestos materials present in the basement.
Do use a wet mop or wet cloth when cleaning areas that may contain asbestos fibers. Dispose of the mop or cloth when done.
Do keep activities to a minimum in any areas having damaged material that may contain asbestos.
Do take every precaution to avoid damaging asbestos material.
Do quit smoking. Quitting smoking will decrease the chance of getting asbestos-related diseases.
Do take care not to run into or hit the asbestos material with anything.