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Is Your Knowledge About Asbestos Correct?

There is a lot of information on the web regarding asbestos. Or you may hear something about it from a friend or relative. Yet not everything you read or hear about asbestos may be true. But at Cyclone Kleen Up, our job is to intimately know everything about it to safely perform asbestos testing, removal, remediation, and disposal. So let’s clear up a few inaccuracies.

Error 1: Asbestos is Easily Identified

Correct information of asbestos

The truth is that asbestos can’t be seen with the naked eye. The fibers are so small that a microscope is needed to see them. It has always been combined with other materials to either make a stronger product or one that is more fire-resistant. When those materials are disturbed, invisible asbestos fibers become airborne. So the only way to find out for sure that asbestos is present is through testing, although it’s very likely that older buildings do contain it.

Error 2: Some Asbestos is Safe

This erroneous assumption may have grown out of the belief that when asbestos is combined with solid materials like concrete, it poses no threat. That’s true, but not completely. For if that concrete is demolished, broken up, or sanded, asbestos fibers will be let loose and regular exposure to them will lead to serious illnesses. So no asbestos-containing material can be regarded as completely safe.

Error 3: Sicknesses Caused By Asbestos Are Contagious

Many respiratory illnesses can indeed be contagious. But the ailments caused by asbestos, such as mesothelioma and other cancers, are not communicable. You can only fall victim to them by being directly and regularly exposed to asbestos fibers.

Error 4: Asbestos Exposure Only Occurs in Certain Occupations

Many occupations, such as construction workers, miners, shipyard workers, and power plant employees, have been more exposed to asbestos than others, especially in the past. But anyone could be exposed just by performing home renovations. Once you begin doing things like scraping popcorn ceilings, scraping up old floor tiles, and knocking out walls, you could also be contaminating the air in your home with asbestos fibers

Error 5: New Buildings Don’t Contain Asbestos

The EPA did ban the manufacturing and importing of most asbestos products in 1978, but not all. It’s still used in numerous building materials, so even a brand-new building could contain it. So if your home or business needs renovation, no matter its age you should have it tested for asbestos before beginning work.

As we’ve seen, inaccurate reports regarding asbestos exist. It helps to get your information from respected sites like Cyclone Kleen Up to find out what is true and what isn’t. By doing so, you’ll help to keep your family and employees from needless exposure.

Whether you reside in Pueblo, Colorado Springs and throughout our service area, Cyclone Kleen Up will ensure your residential or commercial property is free of asbestos. Our certified technicians will first test to determine if asbestos exists and if so, they’ll seal off the affected area and begin the removal process immediately.