What Happens if You Breathe In Asbestos Once?
When loose friable asbestos is inhaled, the rigid fibres enter the respiratory tract and lungs, which can cause scarring and, eventually, chronic illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. Typically, it takes repeated exposure to asbestos or extended exposure to asbestos for severe damage to be caused. Still, even in minimal amounts, asbestos exposure is serious and should be avoided at all costs with asbestos abatement efforts. Canada’s Restoration Services offers comprehensive asbestos removal in Toronto, starting with asbestos inspections and testing, so you can breathe safely at home.
When Could You Be At Risk for Asbestos Exposure?
Asbestos exposure occurs when fibres that were once concealed in building materials are released into the air. This is often the result of accidental contact with asbestos-containing materials during renovations, retrofits, and maintenance. When working on a property built or renovated between the 1960s and 1990s, it’s a good idea to schedule an asbestos inspection beforehand to determine whether you need asbestos removal in Toronto. Contact by hammering, wetting, touching, or even blowing on the mineral can send fibres airborne, where they divide into smaller particles. Intervening with asbestos abatement professionals before you begin work eliminates the possibility of inhaling asbestos in the first place.
To avoid breathing asbestos even once, personal protective equipment should always be worn around asbestos. This includes highly effective respirator masks, hair nets, and disposable jumpsuits.
Common Asbestos-Containing Materials
Asbestos was used in the construction of many building materials because of its affordability, durability, and heat resistance. Today, the mineral can be found during asbestos inspections in drywall, popcorn/stucco ceilings, attic insulation, pipe wrap, duct wrap, vinyl floor tiles, ceiling tiles and more. If you suspect that your home or commercial property may be contaminated with asbestos, do not risk inhaling the mineral by trying to remove it yourself. Instead, contact the approved asbestos abatement team at Canada’s Restoration Services.