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Asbestos: What You Need to Know

Asbestos Removal Salt Lake City

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos refers to a set of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that can be found in building materials. The use of asbestos in building materials declined drastically in the 1970’s since it has been found to be harmful and can potentially cause cancers and other negative health effects. Since it was not necessary to test for asbestos until recently, there is a high chance that the material is present in residential and commercial buildings built before 1985. The use of asbestos for construction was prevalent before that time due to its excellent fire and heat resistant nature, as well as it made products stronger and longer lasting. Materials used such as ceiling spray, sheet vinyl, pipe insulation, roofing, and many others may include asbestos.

Why is Asbestos a Concern?

People exposed to large amounts of asbestos are at risk of:

  • Lung cancer: Often linked to smoking, inhalation of asbestos increases your risk for developing cancerous tumors in the lungs.
  • Asbestosis: Serious, progressive inflammatory lung disease which causes shortness of breath and impairs lung capacity due to scarring.
  • Mesothelioma: Rare form of cancer that is found in the membrane lining of the lungs.

What Should I Do About Asbestos in my Home?

The risk of exposure increases when materials that contain asbestos are disturbed, such as starting renovations on an older home or commercial property. Projects that include sawing, drilling and other actions may cause materials with asbestos to crumble or break, thus releasing asbestos into the air. As asbestos is disturbed it goes airborne and can become very harmful. This is why it is heavily regulated and the state requires testing before demolitions or remodels.

If you are planning to do a demolition or remodel of your home or business property we recommend asbestos testing before you begin your project. Call AAA Restoration with any questions or concerns regarding asbestos. We are state certified professionals, trained to test for and remove asbestos material.