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30Should You be Worried About Asbestos in Your Home?

Residents of Los Angeles or anywhere else in the United States who moved into a dwelling built after 1980 or so don’t have to worry about asbestos, because many asbestos products were banned in the United States in the 70s and 80s. Even if you’re living in a home built before 1980, you don’t have anything to worry about unless you’re going to renovate or remodel your home or if your older home has drywall, textured paint or insulation that’s beginning to deteriorate. In these cases, you might want to call for our asbestos inspection Los Angeles.

What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the fibrous form of either chrysotile or amphibole. Perfectly natural, it is found in the earth’s crust and was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Soft, flexible, basically inflammable and a great conductor of electricity, it resists damage from acids, bases and other caustic chemicals. Asbestos can be spun into cloth or pulled into very fine thread. A pound of chrysotile asbestos can be spun into a thread that’s 30,000 feet long. Because of its versatility, the uses of asbestos were nearly too numerous to list. It was used in roof shingles, electrical insulation, safety clothing such as fireman’s suits, curtains, conveyor belts and brake linings. It was used in paints, tiling and wallboard.

Asbestos is such a versatile material that builders continued and continue to use it even after it was discovered to be a carcinogen. In the United States, most but not all use of asbestos is banned, and there is still vinyl flooring that contains asbestos. Workers who were exposed to asbestos sometimes went on to develop:

Asbestosis
This is an inflammation the lungs that occurs from breathing in asbestos fibers. It can be a precursor of lung cancer.

Mesothelioma
This is a cancer of the lining of the mesothelium, which is the membrane that covers the natural cavities in the body. The mesothelioma caused by asbestos often attacks the membrane in the lungs. This type of cancer can take decades to develop.

One fact about asbestos is that it is harmless if it’s undisturbed. It causes trouble when it is disturbed, and the fibers get into the air and are breathed in. This is why it is important to to seek asbestos testing Los Angeles if you moved in before 1980 and plan to renovate.

Asbestos Inspection
During asbestos inspection Los Angeles, our professionals take samples of the areas where you’re worried about asbestos, and test them. You should not do this yourself because of the danger of breathing in fibers. Our professionals who perform asbestos testing Los Angeles know how to prepare an area to keep the rest of the household safe while we do the inspection.

If it turns out that there is asbestos in the home and you need to remove it, our inspectors make sure that the contractor does a proper job. After the asbestos is removed, you can have peace of mind when you renovate or remodel your home.