Asbestos and lead are very common in older homes. Asbestos has been used for centuries for construction. Lead was in all paint during the 80s. Some homes build decades later still have both of these substances because of companies using older materials. Both are extremely hazardous to your health and can only be found through testing. Colorado Hazardous Environmental is here to educate everyone on the dangers of asbestos and lead. Below we will discuss asbestos and lead testing and removal.

Should I have my home tested?

All homes should be tested for asbestos as asbestos is still being used in small amounts. Lead testing should be completed on homes built before or during the 90s. Lead is especially dangerous to children, pregnant women, and the elderly. Many times, lead paint has been painted over, but the danger is still there. Young children tend to chew; this is one way they learn to explore their environment. It is also the way that children develop lead poisoning. Asbestos is dangerous to your entire family and friends as asbestos fibers are small and can attach to items such as clothing. Asbestos can also float through the air and easily ingested through the nose or mouth. Asbestos fibers cannot be seen; this makes it difficult to know if you have been exposed. For peace of mind, it is a great idea to have the test completed for asbestos and lead.

What are the Dangers of Asbestos and Lead?

Asbestos exposure causes a lot of medical problems over time. Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, as well as, other types of cancers. Below are some of the more common health concerns caused by asbestos exposure:
• Asbestosis
• Respiratory Illnesses
• Pleural Plaques
• Pleural Thickening
• Lung Cancer
• Mesothelioma

These conditions are severe, and you should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Lead is known to cause nervous system issues, behavioral problems, cardiovascular issues, and developmental delays. Having your home tested for both asbestos and lead is important!