Construction is the largest industry that has been connected with the use of asbestos-containing materials. These materials include adhesives and cements that were used to bond brick, lumber, mirrors, and glass; liquid sealants that were used for the waterproofing and soundproofing of interior walls; and semi-liquid glazing, caulking and patching compounds which were applied with a caulking gun or putty knife. These compounds were used to seal areas around glass in windows, joints in metal ducts, and bricks adjoining to other surfaces.
Adhesives that contained asbestos were used in linoleum and flooring products made before 1980 as well. If you have flooring in your home that you want to update or are considering remodeling, you should find out the year that your flooring was made so that you can take the appropriate precautions. Removing adhesives that contains asbestos involves a health risk. If you don’t know what year your floor was made and you want to find out contact an asbestos abatement professional. Often they will break a small piece from a corner or from behind the refrigerator, and take it for testing. The vinyl should be wet before it is broken and placed directly into a baggie—this will keep any possible asbestos fibers from flying around.
Exposure to asbestos can cause serious health problems such as asbestosis, a scarring of the lung tissue, as well as a variety of cancers. Asbestos can also cause malignant mesothelioma, a disease in which malignant cancer cells are found in the pleura (the thin layer of tissue that lines the chest cavity and covers the lungs) or the peritoneum (the thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen and covers most of the organs in the abdomen).
When malignant cells are present in the lungs, it is indicative of lung cancer. Lung cancer is the most common asbestos-related disease in people who smoke, or who used to smoke, and have a history of Asbestos Exposure.
Any scarring of the pleura is considered pleural disease. If you have scarred pleura it is indicative of an abundant Exposure to asbestos and you may be at substantial risk for more serious disease.
If you want to remodel your home and are concerned about asbestos you should contact an asbestos a abatement firm. If you are concerned about having been exposed to asbestos you should contact your primary physician.