Asbestos has long been used as a building material to improve the insulative and fire-retardant qualities of a structure. It quit being used decades ago due to the discovery of the deadly health implication mere exposure brought. Below are a few of the dangers of asbestos exposure.
Inflammation of the Lungs
Constant exposure to asbestos fibers in the air can lead to a condition called asbestosis. The entire lining of the lungs becomes inflamed and swollen. It can make breathing difficult, labored, and painful at times. You end up feeling like you cannot take in enough air, become sluggish, and constantly fatigued. It can cause unexpected fits of coughing. It begins to build up scar tissue in the lungs. The only way to the progression of this ailment is to remove the asbestos from your Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside County environment.
Immune System Compromise
Flooding of your immune system with germs, bacteria, and other harmful things happen every day. It always stays ready to fight off things that can cause illness and depletion of the bodies energy reserves. Placing yourself in an environment filled with asbestos particles in the air is asking for immune problems. Your immune system will be bombarded and become fatigued. It will eventually become overwhelmed, and you may begin to experience all types of frequent illnesses.
Mesothelioma is a rarely experienced type of cancer that settles on the lining of the chest cavity. It can affect both the lungs and heart. Typically caused by exposure to asbestos, it does not show noticeable symptoms for as many as 20-years after the exposure. Anyone in the Los Angeles County and surrounding areas can develop this dreaded disease from limited exposure. Mesothelioma is one reason you should never try and remediate asbestos yourself.
Cancerous tumors in the lungs are inevitable for anyone experiencing long-term exposure to high levels of asbestos. You should hire a professional remediation service like Tri-Span if you suspect there is asbestos in your business or home. Although there are excellent treatment centers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, lung cancer still proves disturbingly fatal in many cases.
Asbestos is a once abundant building material, now known as a risk factor for certain types of cancer and other diseases. Asbestos abatement and disposal are now major concerns in cities and rural areas all around the country.
Where does all this old asbestos go, and what are the potentials for recycling this material into a non-harmful product?
Disposing of Asbestos Waste
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates how asbestos must be disposed of in waste facilities and how it is handled until it gets there. Buildings slated for demolition are required to have an asbestos inspection by a certified professional before demolition work begins.
All waste disposal facilities accepting asbestos waste need these special licenses and certification issued by the state where they are located. Asbestos waste at landfills must be stored and monitored in special, sealed containers, and it is not treated in the same way as average materials brought to a landfill. These factors contribute to the cost of removing and disposing of asbestos materials.
Prospects for recycling asbestos are being driven ahead by the high cost of storing this material in waste facilities. However, there are still no comprehensive asbestos recycling programs in place.
There has been some research into the question, however, and it is possible to chemically treat metal pipes and vents coated with asbestos to release the coating and reuse or recycle the pipe. But, reusing the asbestos fibers themselves is a technology which has only started.
While we wait for asbestos abatement technology to come along, contact Tri Span Inc. if you need assistance with asbestos abatement and disposal in Southern California now.
For many people, asbestos seems like a distant threat – something that was solved decades ago and is no longer a problem, or a construction issue that only plagues public buildings like old schools. Unfortunately, this is a dangerous generalization because asbestos can still be present in a number of materials, both residential and commercial alike.