Living in a home with active asbestos fibers poses serious health risks over the long term, including lung disease, COPD, lung cancer, and a cancer called mesothelioma, which forms tumors on the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart and is deadly.
Where Does Asbestos Come From?
Asbestos resides in some older building materials from homes that were built before the 1980’s, like cement, floor tiles, popcorn ceilings, insulation, walls, and pipes. If these materials contain asbestos, the asbestos fibers can become active and airborne if the materials get damaged.
How Can I Tell If Asbestos Is Active In My Home?
Testing for asbestos is the only way to be certain that your home doesn’t have active asbestos. Asbestos fibers are not visible to the human eye, and asbestos doesn’t have a smell to it. The symptoms people experience from asbestos exposure include difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, neck and face swelling, and more. Importantly and unfortunately, the symptoms of exposure don’t typically present themselves until 20 years after exposure.
Asbestos testing is a good idea for homes built before the 1980s. It is essential if there is damaged tile, ceiling, walls, and pipes in these older homes. Additionally, when contractors are removing potentially hazardous materials from a home testing is required to ensure safe removal.
A negative test brings peace of mind, and a positive test can turn out to be life saving.
Mold Test KC will swab your home for exposed asbestos and process your test results within a week. Call us at (913) 980-8146 to schedule your test today.