Asbestos: What is it?
Asbestos is a mineral found in rocks and soil. It has been used in manufacturing because it is resistant to chemicals, heat, and electricity. For years, however, the dangers of asbestos went unknown and ignored. A key ingredient in construction over this time, asbestos was used in the construction of many homes.
Widely used as insulation in walls and attics, asbestos was also used in the manufacturing of car brakes, heat resistant fabrics, house sidings, shingles, and vinyl tiles. A commonality amongst the items, you may have realized, is they are generally found in homes.
Countless people come in contact with potentially dangerous amounts of asbestos by simply walking through their front door. Ignorance about asbestos leads to them ignoring the signs of exposure. Asbestos fibers are easy to breathe in. Understanding the risks increase when you consider the amount of time you spend inside your home.
Understand the risks. Again, this cannot be said enough. Having extended exposure to asbestos increases the risks of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Smokers are generally affected at a higher rate because their lungs have suffered extensive damage from cigarette smoke.
This is a rare form of cancer that affects those who live or have lived in homes where asbestos materials were used. Persons who have worked with the substance, too, are prone to side effects. Asbestos fibers released into the air during the manufacturing process are inhaled and/or swallowed. This leads to health problems down the line. A whopping 75% of mesothelioma cases are linked to exposure at work. Family members and people living with someone exposed to asbestos have also shown an increased risk of developing this rare cancer.
Symptoms of asbestos exposure include difficulty breathing and/or shortness of breath, coughing, constipation, fatigue, a lump or lumps in the abdominal area, and fatigue.
A thorough inspection of your home and business is the first and most important step in combating exposure. Sherman Home Inspections, LLC. has taken a proactive approach to keeping homeowners informed and protected.
They provide a range of inspection services to prospective home buyers and owners. A complete property report of the grounds around the building(s), exterior structure, roof interior and exterior, foundation and basement, central heating and air conditioning system (HVAC), plumbing system, electrical system, interior structure, built-in appliances, along with an optional pest infestation report.
Protecting your health and investment are paramount. Sherman Home Inspection encourages our customers to be present at the time of our inspection. During this walk through, we help you understand the risk and answer questions about home care and our home inspection report.
With this report, you understand the repairs the property will need and eliminate surprises and/or unforeseen difficulties after your purchase. We also highlight positive aspects of a home and the maintenance necessary to keep your home investment in prime condition.
Contact us today and take the first steps in securing your family, business, and home. Phone: (508) 947-7595 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://shermanhomeinspections.com/ for more information.