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How to Check for Asbestos in Your Home

What is asbestos?

Asbestos refers to a group of six types of naturally occurring minerals.

  1. Chrysotile
  2. Crocidolite
  3. Amosite
  4. Anthophyllite
  5. Tremolite
  6. Actinolite

These minerals are made of fine, durable fibers that are resistant to heat, fire, and numerous chemicals. Asbestos becomes a hazard when it is airborne. If asbestos in the home becomes damaged, asbestos fibers may be released.

 

How do I know if there is asbestos in my home?

Many homes built before 1980 contain asbestos in old floor tiles ceiling tiles, roof shingles and flashing, siding, insulation (around boilers, ducts, pipes, sheeting, fireplaces), pipe cement, and joint compound used on seams between pieces of sheetrock. Newer houses can contain asbestos as well.

 

How do I know if I have been exposed to asbestos?

Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, a fatal cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, as well as other cancers and lung-related illnesses.

Symptoms of Asbestos

  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in your chest
  • persistent dry cough
  • chest pain
  • appetite loss
  • finger clubbing (enlarged fingertips)
  • nail deformities

If you have been exposed to asbestos and do not show symptoms you should schedule a regular check ups with your regular primary physician. If you are showing symptoms go straight to an asbestos-related disease specialist.

 

How to Check For Asbestos in Your Home

A visual inspection of your home is usually not sufficient to determine if it contains asbestos. To sufficiently check, samples of suspected asbestos fibers should be sent to a certified laboratory for analysis. Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) are two approved methods of analysis. The American Lung Association recommends that you hire a certified asbestos professional to take any samples. Hiring a professional can minimize asbestos exposure for you and your family.

 

Apachee Roofing does not offer asbestos or lead removal services, however, we recommend Big Bend Abatement in the Tallahassee, Florida area and surrounding counties.

 

They may be reached at:

 Address: 507 Casowdun Rd, Quincy, FL 32351

Phone: (850) 875-1804

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