Modern Ways to Address Asbestos

You might be surprised by this post because I swore I will be talking about technology but now here I am talking about asbestos. Don’t worry, just consider this as some sort of public service announcement.

I have grown in a home where we didn’t know what asbestos was. Well, to be honest. We’ve read about asbestos on one of the many signs we see but we never really cared. When I knew what asbestos was and what it does to the body, I was alarmed. I immediately called my parents and siblings to go and have a checkup. Asbestos is no joke.

A lot of Brazilians are like me. We grew in a neighborhood where poison was used to keep it fire-proof. We didn’t know better.

Asbestos is a mineral made up fine fibers. It caught the attention of home makers because it was highly resistant to heat, fire, chemicals, and other hazards. At one point, it was considered a miracle mineral and could be found in just about anything. Sadly, it was found that Asbestos was a silent killer. Due to the nature of asbestos, it can easily be inhaled by people who are nearby. As a result, they get pleural Mesothelioma or lung cancer. The effect doesn’t happen overnight. As a matter of fact, it might take decades before you feel the effect of asbestos in your body.

Fortunately, this doesn’t mean we are all losing in the battle against asbestos. Due to the recent discoveries, asbestos is now banned from being used in anything that will be used by humans. Still, there are a number of houses (usually the older ones) that still have asbestos in them. The tenants of the house are slowly dying due to the asbestos in the air.

Thanks to sites such asĀ, we now know a number of ways to determine if our homes are riddled with asbestos. Here are some tips from them on how you can deal with asbestos in your homes.

  • If your home was created or renovated before December of 2003, there is a chance you would have asbestos in your home.
  • Asbestos is hard to “find”. This is because you might need a lab to check the materials for you for the presence of asbestos.
  • Most of the time, you would know asbestos is present because a lot of manufacturers would put “Asbestos” on the materials that contain the mineral.
  • If the suspected material containing asbestos is undamaged, better leave it as is. Asbestos is dangerous when disturbed. You can paint or seal it so the asbestos fibers won’t mix with the air you breathe.
  • If you suspect you have asbestos in your house and would like to remove it, go and get an expert. It’s not an easy task and it’s something that needs expertise and care.