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Understanding Asbestos: Comprehensive Information and Safety Guidelines

Exploring Asbestos Facts: Uncovering the Dangers, History, and Safe Management of Asbestos Materials

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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with exceptional heat and fire-resistant properties. Historically used in various industries and construction materials, it has been found to pose serious health risks when its microscopic fibers are released into the air and subsequently inhaled or ingested. Exposure to asbestos is linked to life-threatening diseases like mesothelioma and lung cancer. Recognizing the dangers associated with asbestos is crucial for safe handling and removal, ensuring the well-being of individuals and the community.

Where Can I Find Asbestos?

Asbestos can be found in a wide range of building materials and products, including insulation, roofing shingles, floor tiles, and even some household items like appliances and textiles. It was commonly used in construction prior to the 1980s, so older homes and buildings are more likely to contain asbestos-containing materials. To determine if asbestos is present in a specific location, it’s essential to conduct a professional asbestos inspection and testing, as asbestos may not always be visible and can exist in a dormant state until disturbed, posing a potential health risk when renovation or demolition work is planned.

Our Client Testimonials

“I did an asbestos inspection for a single family home. Highly recommend A&E. They were timely, professional, and upfront with pricing before the work started. Very kind people and easy to work with. Delivered results in a timely manner! Highly recommend!”
“Owner came by and we walked the job. Very polite and informative. Was also willing to go the extra mile to take care of my issues Crew was on time and very friendly. They worked very hard and cleaned up and had me inspect. I was very impressed and would be the 1st to recommend this company to anyone.”
“We have 3 boilers with a lot of piping that needed to be encapsulated. The asbestos covered all the piping, roughly 6″ in diameter, to the various units in our 3 family. The workman took 2 days to complete the job. Other than a little water on the floor, the complete area was cleaned. A fan running overnight easily dried up all the water. A&E is a very professional company with good communications. I would recommend A&E to anyone needing asbestos heating pipes to be encapsulated.”

Where is asbestos commonly found?

Below are examples of buildings materials that are commonly found to contain asbestos:​​​

  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Linoleum Flooring 
  • Vinyl Flooring
  • Glues & Mastics
  • Popcorn Ceilings
  • Spray On Fireproofing
  • Window Glazing
  • Insulation – Attic 
  • Insulation – Walls & Ceilings
  • Insulation – on Heat Pipes
  • Walls 
  • Joint Compound
  • Cove Bases
  • Undercoating Sinks
  • Siding
  • Fireproof Boards
  • Around Flues
  • Stair Treads
  • Boilers
  • Shingles
  • Paper Backing -Flooring, Roofs, Siding etc. 

“I hired A & E Environmental to remove asbestos that lined old steam pipes and boiler in my basement. The work was done quickly and safely. The area with asbestos was completed sealed off and venting was used during the work. The old, massive, steam boiler need to be removed as part of the project and that was hauled off. The team from A & E Environmental were friendly and got the job done in less than a day. Excellent service, highly recommend using them!”

How Can People Be Exposed to Asbestos?

Asbestos fibers may be released into the air by the disturbance of asbestos-containing material if they becomes damaged or deteriorate, or when demolition work is performed, or building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling occur. In general, exposure may occur only when the asbestos-containing material is disturbed or damaged in some way and release dust,  particles or asbestos fibers into the ambient air.  

The most common way for asbestos fibers to enter the body is through breathing. In fact, asbestos containing material is not generally considered to be harmful unless it is releasing dust or fibers into the air where they can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed. Please note asbestos fibers can remain in the ambient air for up to 96 hours.  Many of the fibers will become trapped in the mucous membranes of the nose and throat where they can then be removed, but some may pass deep into the lungs, or, if swallowed, into the digestive tract. Once they are trapped in the body, the fibers can cause health problems

“A&E Environmental exceeded my expectations. In a day and time when few businesses return your call, never mind arrive on time and complete the work in the timeframe quoted, A&E did that and more. When they finished the work, I asked many questions, all of which were answered in detail and by walking around our home showing me exactly what they did. From the front office staff to the actual workers, all were respectful, timely and did exactly what they said they’d do! Kudos to the entire company.”

Health Effects From Exposure to Asbestos

Because it is so hard to destroy asbestos fibers, the body cannot break them down or remove them once they are lodged in lung or body tissues. They remain in place where they can cause disease.

There are three primary diseases associated with asbestos exposure:

  • Asbestosis-is a serious, chronic, non-cancerous respiratory disease. Inhaled asbestos fibers aggravate lung tissues, which cause them to scar. Symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath and a dry crackling sound in the lungs while inhaling. In its advanced stages, the disease may cause cardiac failure.  There is no effective treatment for asbestosis; the disease is usually disabling or fatal. The risk of asbestosis is minimal for those who do not work with asbestos; the disease is rarely caused by neighborhood or family exposure. Those who renovate or demolish buildings that contain asbestos may be at significant risk, depending on the nature of the exposure and precautions taken.

  • Lung Cancer-causes the largest number of deaths related to asbestos exposure. The incidence of lung cancer in people who are directly involved in the mining, milling, manufacturing and use of asbestos and its products is much higher than in the general population. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are coughing and a change in breathing. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, persistent chest pains, hoarseness, and anemia. People who have been exposed to asbestos and are also exposed to some other carcinogen — such as cigarette smoke — have a significantly greater risk of developing lung cancer than people who have only been exposed to asbestos. One study found that asbestos workers who smoke are about 90 times more likely to develop lung cancer than people who neither smoke nor have been exposed to asbestos.

  • Mesothelioma-Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that most often occurs in the thin membrane lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen, and (rarely) heart. About 200 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. Virtually all cases of mesothelioma are linked with asbestos exposure. Approximately 2 percent of all miners and textile workers who work with asbestos, and 10 percent of all workers who were involved in the manufacture of asbestos-containing gas masks, contract mesothelioma. People who work in asbestos mines, asbestos mills and factories, and shipyards that use asbestos, as well as people who manufacture and install asbestos insulation, have an increased risk of mesothelioma. So do people who live with asbestos workers, near asbestos mining areas, near asbestos product factories or near shipyards where use of asbestos has produced large quantities of airborne asbestos fibers.

Other Cancers

Evidence suggests that cancers in the esophagus, larynx, oral cavity, stomach, colon and kidney may be caused by ingesting asbestos. For more information on asbestos-related cancers.

Determining Factors​

Three things seem to determine your likelihood of developing one of these asbestos related diseases: The amount and duration of exposure – the more you are exposed to asbestos and the more fibers that enter your body, the more likely you are to develop asbestos related problems. While there is no “safe level” of asbestos exposure, people who are exposed more frequently over a long period of time are more at risk. Whether or not you smoke – if you smoke and you have been exposed to asbestos, you are far more likely to develop lung cancer than someone who does not smoke and who has not been exposed to asbestos. If you work with asbestos or have been exposed to it, the first thing you should do to reduce your chances of developing cancer is to stop smoking. Age – cases of mesothelioma have occurred in the children of asbestos workers whose only exposures were from the dust brought home on the clothing of family members who worked with asbestos. The younger people are when they inhale asbestos, the more likely they are to develop mesothelioma. This is why enormous efforts are being made to prevent school children from being exposed. ​