Asbestos is a naturally occurring, thin fiber material that is widely known for its fire-retardant properties. For this reason, it was previously used when creating a number of materials, such as insulation and brake linings. Although it still can be found within homes today, it’s only harmful when the microscopic fibers are released into the air when the material is disturbed. At Zona Restoration, we recommend you learn as much as possible about the dangers of asbestos, especially if you ever find this substance in your Gilbert area home.
Causes Harmful Consequences
Asbestos is dangerous, as it has been proven to cause permanent physical damage when ingested into the lungs. It can also cause a number of serious diseases, such as:
- Lung cancer and related lung diseases.
- Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer found in the chest, abdomen, and heart.
- Asbestosis, a life-threatening, non-cancerous disease of the lungs
Found in Homes Built Before 1980
If your Gilbert home was built before 1980, it’s possible that it was constructed using materials that contain asbestos. Anytime your home undergoes renovations, experiences flood damage, or is being treated for smoke damage, you may unknowingly uncover asbestos-treated materials. It’s always a smart idea to have your pre-1980 home tested for asbestos if you find yourself in one of these situations.
Used in Construction Materials
Asbestos is known to have effective fire-retardant properties, which is why it was used in a variety of construction materials. It can be found throughout your entire home, in materials like:
- Roofing shingles
- Ceiling and floor tiles
- Attic and wall insulation
- Hot water and steam pipes
- Vinyl flooring
Proven Asbestos Removal
For professional asbestos testing and removal, contact the experts at Zona Restoration today by calling (480) 656-3999. Our top priority is delivering quality service that keeps our customers safe inside their own homes. We can also help you with mold and air sample testing, duct cleaning, and lead testing and removal.