At Aerolite, we’re proud to provide home inspections that cover numerous important areas. From mold and radon testing all the way to basic energy audits, our pros can help ensure your home is both healthy and environmentally friendly.
One of our most common services? Asbestos testing. Asbestos fibers can enter the body through breathing, at which time they can be trapped in the body and can lead to significant health issues in some cases. In this blog, we’ll go over the basic health effects asbestos can cause, plus the primary factors in whether it might affect you.
Asbestos is considered most harmful to the body when it’s “friable,” which is another way of saying that it can be easily crumbled by hand. This is when it will release fibers into the air. So for instance, sprayed-on asbestos insulation found in some homes will be highly friable, while asbestos floor tile will not be unless they are disturbed in some way – but there are risks of this everywhere in the home.
Asbestos fibers are incredibly hard to destroy – the body is unable to break them down or remove them once they are present in the lungs or other tissues. Instead, they stay in place and can cause three primary diseases:
There are three big factors that affect your likelihood of developing one of the conditions listed above:
For more on asbestos risks, or to learn about any of our asbestos testing or home inspections, speak to the pros at Aerolite today.