With so much information swirling around the media, it is hard to determine what is true and what is a myth. Colorado Hazardous Environmental has 5 myths and the truth about each. Below we will discuss the top myths about asbestos. Our number one goal is to keep your property asbestos-free and your family and clients healthy.
Recently Build Properties Do Not Contain Asbestos
It is less likely for newer properties to have materials that contain this harmful mineral. However, some recently build buildings and homes do have materials that contain these fibers. The best way to determine if your home is safe is through a specialized test.
Asbestosis and Mesothelioma is Infectious
Asbestosis symptoms may seem like a cold or other viral infection, but it is not. Many assume that illnesses from asbestos are infectious. The truth is, mesothelioma, which is a cancer, and asbestosis are not contagious. Some families have several cases of such illnesses because they were exposed in their homes or workplaces. No asbestos-related illness is contagious.
It is Safe to Remove Asbestos Yourself
This is a common mistake. If your home or business has this material, it is important that you hire a professional asbestos removal company. The fibers are tiny and can easily float throughout your home, contaminating everyone in its path. The only safe way to remove it is by using a professional.
You can Easily Remove Asbestos from Your System
Once you have become exposed to asbestos, it is in your system forever. It is not something you can rid your body of. This is the main reason you should never remove it yourself. Asbestos removal companies have special gear to remove asbestos from your home or business safely.
It is Safe to Remove Asbestos as Long as I Wear a Mask
Once again, this is false. A regular mask will not protect you from asbestos fibers. The fibers can easily attach to your clothing or move throughout the area, infecting everyone in its path. Asbestos removal companies take proper precautions with asbestos and ensure your home or business is fully free of any asbestos fibers before allowing you to return.