Asbestos Removal in Kansas City

Can you do asbestos removal on your own? It’s not advisable – experts agree from the American Lung Association, National Cancer Institute and CDC that proper handling of asbestos removal is best done by a certified contractor who has proper training, PPE and its disposal knowledge.

What is Asbestos? explains, “Asbestos is the name given to six minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads for use in commercial and industrial applications. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity.” Due to it’s widespread commercial use in North America since the 1800s, asbestos can be found in the shipbuilding industry, automotive industry and in building supplies. 

It was banned in the 1970s, but not until after its dangers were already seen. Because people could be exposed to asbestos in their homes, workplaces or out in the community, the risk for exposure for some individuals is very high. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, asbestos fibers are released into the air. This is why hiring a professional is important for asbestos removal. Once the asbestos fibers are breathed in, they get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, the fibers can accumulate and create scar tissue and inflammation which creates breathing and health problems commonly associated with exposure

Help, I May Have Been Exposed!

The American Lung Association states, “Asbestos can cause cancer. Inhaling asbestos fibers increases the risk of developing lung cancer and mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the thin lining surrounding the lungs and other organs.” Fortunately, risk is dependant on a few factors including how much you inhaled, the amount of time since your exposure and whether or not you have a smoking history. It is the exposure to high concentrations of the airborne fibers that make a person most at risk for developing asbestosis. 

If you have asbestos in your home or office and need it handled professionally, trust SMART Environmental Services. Call us at (913) 355-5303 or click here to contact us online. Don’t wait until you’re at risk – hire us for professional asbestos removal today!

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