Asbestos related health issues have many symptoms and can raise the risk of developing cancer. Swelling of the neck or face, blood coughed from the lungs, shortness of breath, wheezing, fatigue or anemia are only a few of the symptoms. If not dealt with it can be deadly. Asbestos fibers can get trapped in the lungs and cause scarring and inflammation which affects breathing.
If that’s not scary enough, it was incorporated in many types of construction materials in buildings built prior to 1980.
So…what was it used for you ask? It provided strength without weight to cement, asphalt, vinyl materials, roofing, pipes, siding, wall board, floor tiles and all adhesives. Since it is fireproof
it was applied to steel beams and column during construction. It was added to paint and patching compounds used in walls and ceilings. Use of asbestos was banned in 1977. Today there are some building industry products that contain lower levels of asbestos.
Natural Disasters and Asbestos
Natural disasters, fires or any reconstruction can release asbestos fibers into the air. So, if you are concerned that any of the materials used to construct your home have materials containing asbestos, do not disturb or damage in any way. Tearing down walls, scraping, sawing or cutting into any of these asbestos-containing materials will cause these asbestos fibers to release into the air which you breathe. Fibers cannot be seen by the naked eye.
If you live anywhere in the state of Colorado an inspection and testing must be performed on any remodel, renovation and demolition projects. A certified state building inspector will ensure that a proper and thorough investigation has been performed according to state law.
At First Choice Environmental Testing, we provide this critical testing and inspection to keep your home or business compliant with all Colorado state regulations. As a certified testing agent, we provide the necessary testing of your construction or remodeling site before demolition, renovation or remodel.