In years past, the use of asbestos in construction was highly popular due to the heat resistive capabilities of this compound. As such, it was widely incorporated into the insulation of homes. However, over time, it was found that asbestos exposure had enormous implications to the health of the residents in these homes. Unfortunately, not many homeowners know the risks involved with living with asbestos in their home. Instead, they would rather avoid asbestos removal in the attempt to save on abatement costs. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider enlisting asbestos removal if you live in an older home.
Reduce the Risk of Lung Cancer
Constant exposure to fibrous asbestos puts you at risk of developing lung cancer. This is common in people who spend most of their times in attics of older homes, as this is where most of the insulation is located. In the event that the insulation has become damaged over time, the fibrous particles of the asbestos stay suspended in the air and are inhaled straight into the lungs. Unfortunately, there are no early signs of this and this cancer is typically detected once the patient is severely affected. As such, it is always better to ensure that your home is free of asbestos rather than risk living with it unaware of its presence.
Reduce the Risk of Asbestos Warts
Another ailment caused by asbestos exposure that is not commonly known is asbestos warts. People with sensitive skin will typically be symptomatic of this. If there is asbestos in your home, the fibres in the air may begin causing skin irritation. Over time, the affected people will begin developing callus-like growths on their skin. These hard calluses form because the asbestos fibres, which although microscopic are needle-like in appearance, penetrate the skin's pores leading the skin to harden in the affected areas. Some homeowners tend to brush this off as skin irritations that will go away on their own. The good news is that asbestos warts are not cancerous and can be cured. However, they are a sign of the presence of asbestos in your home and it would be best to enlist an asbestos removal service, such as Mendelssohn Construction, as soon as possible.
Reduce the Risk of Pleural Plaques
Pleural plaques refer to the fibrous thickening of sections in your lungs. These will typically be located on the interior of your diaphragm, but may also spread to your rib cage. Unfortunately, pleural plaques can only be detected by having an x-ray done. As such, you will find that patients suffering from this will only know what the problem is when they begin to experience respiratory problems. Therefore it is always best to have an asbestos inspection done and asbestos removed if need be to ensure you are not living with this compound in your home.