Asbestos was once considered a “miracle” mineral with fireproofing, insulation and sound control benefits back in the early 1900s. Today, it is obvious that any asbestos contamination pose a real threat to health. There is no safe level of asbestos inhalation. If the asbestos is disturbed, it permeates throughout the structure rapidly.
Once the asbestos particles go into the lungs, they can stay in the lung tissue and other parts of the body for a very long time. Larger asbestos fibers inhaled pose less risk than smaller fibers inhaled. Since larger fibers can actually be swallowed or sneezed out, smaller fibers on the other hand, stay along the surface of airways or deeper down in the lungs. Regardless of size, any exposure to asbestos is a signifcant health threat.
Asbestos in the lungs can cause mesothelioma and lung cancer, but often do not appear until decades later. Asbestos inhalation has been known to cause deaths once the fibers become lodged in the lungs, which can lead to inflammation and cell and tissue damage.
It is important that the environmental restoration company you choose is qualified in handling asbestos to avoid risk of health 20, 30 or more years later. Protech has experienced specialists in asbestos and they will ensure your safety for years to come.