Everything You Need To Know About Asbestos In Your Home


 [ Article originally appeared on www.regionalfoundationrepair.com ]

By Sam Smith,

It would not be an exaggeration to call asbestos the wonder material. At one point in the United States, asbestos could be found in almost all aspects of construction, including foundations, the soil, roofing, flooring, and insulation, mainly because of its fire-resistant qualities.

In the last few decades, however, the dangers of asbestos have been progressively exposed. For example, it is now known that home renovations can release asbestos into the air. Over time, being exposed to this asbestos can cause several fatal diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.

Scientific studies have shown that asbestos can have adverse health effects, but how dangerous is asbestos in my home? How do I identify materials that may contain asbestos? What are some of the common asbestos exposure scenarios? What are asbestos dos and don’ts for the homeowner? If you are keen to find out, read on.

Quick Statistics about Asbestos

  • One of the primary diseases associated with asbestos is mesothelioma. More than 45,000 US citizens died from this disease between 1999 and 2015.
  • In the US, around 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year.
  • Every year, asbestos exposure is responsible for around 250,000 deaths worldwide.
  • Asbestos products are banned in more than 60 countries.
  • Around 125 million people globally are still exposed to asbestos in the workplace.
  • In the US, around 1.3 million people are at risk of workplace exposure to asbestos.
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