Month: August 2017

Asbestos is Still in Many of Our Homes Consider Testing

              If I took a poll, probably a vast majority of people would recognize asbestos as a hazard. We know that it gets ripped out of schools and other public buildings. We recognize that people die from asbestos and that there are big class action lawsuits about the mineral

There is a lot more we should know about this hazard previously thought of as a miracle product.

The use of asbestos dates back to the Greeks and Romans who used it to make cloth. It is a natural mineral, which varies by name and color depending upon where it is mined. There are 6 different minerals all lumped into the category of asbestos.

Asbestos is resistant to heat and most chemicals. The tough fibers were used as reinforcement and for heat resistance in many products for industry, homes and commercial buildings. It is a sneaky carcinogen because it was easy to add the mineral to a host of products that can disguise the presence to the naked eye. The reason for its widespread use is that where and when it was used, it saved lives from fire hazards and improved the characteristics of many products.

In older homes, asbestos can be found in a many areas of the home, from roof tiles and decorative ceilings to wall insulation and vinyl floors. Below is a list of some of the most common asbestos containing materials.

Vinyl Floor Tiles
Asbestos Cement Sheets & Garage Roof Panels
Textured Decorative Coatings (eg. Artex)
Roof Tiles
Storage Heaters
Airing Cupboard Walls
Cement Fireplace Surrounds
Fuse Boxes
Gutters and Drainage Pipes
Pipe Lagging
Central Heating Flues
Cement Water Tanks
Rope Seals and Gaskets
Roofing Felt
Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB) Ceiling Tiles
AIB Bath Panels
Sprayed Insulation Coating

Asbestos is Real Personal for Millions of Workers

         You might scratch your head on how this happened. There was evidence of the medical risks of asbestos as early as 1920, but workers were not told of the dangers until the mid 1970’s.

Millions of workers including my father have died of asbestos related cancer. As a young man, I was exposed to asbestos in everything from joint compound to insulation and ceiling tiles while working in the family construction company.

With that said, my work as an asbestos testing professional is highly personal. Asbestos exposure still occurs today in some products and when it is removed by unsuspecting workers. Asbestos is still heavily mined in Russia and can find its way into products being manufactured today.

InspectorLab Cutting Through the Babble About Environmental Health

Personal environmental health is the combination of all the exposures we have each experienced, our genetic makeup and our past health history. By the way, we need to keep in mind that our family and our beloved pets share our environmental health exposures.

Outside Influences:      The air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and the things we touch can all affect our health. Other exposures such as the medicines we ingest are another major factor in our environmental health. Residual effects of toxins that are part of our exposure past history may affect us  decades after our exposure.  Smoking, working with asbestos and living moldy conditions are a part of our environmental exposure history.

Personal Influences:   The combination of our genetics, health and disease history, and the exposures we have had across a lifetime can influence our health.

The combinations of each and every one of these factors is a complex puzzle that is difficult to unravel.

Where the Journey Starts for Each of Us The journey starts with identifying factors that are risks to ourselves and the people we care about

Some of those factors will be easy to identify by a professional during an assessment of a building. Other risks and hazards will require testing.  Identification helps us to avoid exposures.

We have learned about avoidance as a part of health care. If heart disease and high cholesterol are a genetic factor,  a patient  needs to avoid the sources of cholesterol.  Similarly, if asthma is a health risk  in your family, for mold, allergens or other triggers for Asthma is a very good idea.

The importance of having an InspectorLab Certified Professional test your home is one component of our environmental health. Testing is well worth consideration as  a tool in our “Keeping Healthy Toolkit.”

InspectorLab provides the highest quality in laboratory testing and the most readable report in the industry. It is the only lab that provides a MoldSafe Guaranty  

For more information on maintaining a healthy home, follow us on this blog or contact an Environmental Sales Consultant at InspectorLab today at 1-888-854-0477 or email us at ask@inspectorlab.com

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