Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Asbestos in the Ground and on Job Sites a Concern for Some Communities

Earlier this year, some Dania Beach residents had to contend with a pile of asbestos-laden dirt in a mound on a property near the Melaleuca Gardens neighborhood. Asbestos can wind up in dirt piles and underground as a result of demolition projects. When disturbed, this asbestos may endanger the health of surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Asbestos, once commonly used in construction projects, has largely faded away as a building material as builders have gone away from using it because of the dangers associated with the substance. People exposed to asbestos over lengthy periods of time may develop an array of devastating diseases and health conditions, including mesothelioma, asbestosis and severe breathing problems. For this reason, many people hire top asbestos removal companies to root out the substance from houses, schools and other structures. Businesses that perform asbestos abatement fort lauderdale work can help customers get asbestos out of structures in Hollywood, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Margate, Davie, Fort Lauderdale and other area cities.

Asbestos contamination remains a problem for Miami residents and for people who work in or visit the city. Aging hotels, hospitals, apartment buildings, condominiums and office buildings across the city may contain asbestos in walls, ceilings and other areas. Developers that redevelop sites across the city may unearth buried asbestos inadvertently. Firms that offer asbestos removal miami services help address asbestos in the ground along with asbestos within houses and buildings.

Asbestos in older buildings like courthouses, libraries and schools in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and other South Florida cities concerns many people. Workers and parents of students worry that asbestos in these buildings could endanger the health of people who spend time within such structures. Asbestos that becomes friable can break down into microscopic fibers. If this asbestos gets disturbed, people can easily and unknowingly inhale asbestos fibers, putting them at risk of developing forms of cancer and/or breathing problems later on in life. Asbestos-related diseases sometimes do not become evident until years or even decades after victims’ exposure to the substance.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Renovations in Older Public Buildings May Disturb Asbestos

Renovations in courthouses can disturb asbestos and potentially harm workers.
Before proceeding with renovations in buildings such as courthouses, schools and post offices, administrators may want to have the buildings tested for asbestos. Asbestos disturbed during remodeling projects like wall demolitions can endanger the health of construction workers. Asbestos fibers can also drift into ventilation systems and air conditioning systems. Once inside of HVAC systems, the asbestos fibers can get blown to other points. Asbestos, a potentially lethal carcinogen, can cause severe respiratory diseases and breathing problems as well as forms of cancer. Administrators can hire top asbestos testing south florida companies to check for the presence of asbestos in ceilings, walls and other areas of buildings. Leading asbestos removal miami firms can help rid public buildings of asbestos in places like Homestead, Hialeah, Miami Beach, Brickell, Miami, Hollywood, Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Davie.

Exposure to asbestos can prove highly dangerous, and in many cases, government workers at courthouses and other buildings have developed diseases because of the presence of airborne asbestos fibers in the workplace. Asbestos exposure at any level can pose risks, but long-term exposure has a proven correlation with the development of diseases and conditions like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Before demolishing structures or renovating structures in places like Jupiter, Wellington, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Lake Worth, people should consider hiring businesses that perform asbestos abatement palm beach work to reduce the potential harm from asbestos. Such companies will examine buildings thoroughly for the presence of asbestos and take appropriate measures to safely remove the substance.

Builders used asbestos, once commonly used in building construction because of its fire-resistant and heat-resistant qualities, in most structures built before the 1980s. Houses, apartment complexes, schools, hotels, office buildings, churches and other structures built before this time could contain varying amounts of the substance.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Shipbuilding May Have Contaminated Sites with Asbestos

Shipyards may be contaminated with asbestos.
South Florida’s history of shipbuilding means that sites across the area once used for the building of ships and boats could contain asbestos, a known carcinogen that can cause numerous diseases in people exposed to the substance, particularly in people exposed to it over a long period of time. Asbestos can cause a wide range of diseases. The shipbuilding industry used asbestos extensively for decades to strengthen or insulate various parts of ships. The asbestos used in the construction of warships, freighters and submarines may linger in the soil of old shipyards in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere across South Florida. Construction companies also used asbestos for decades in the building of hotels, office buildings, houses, churches, stores, police stations and other structures across the area. People exposed to asbestos fibers over long periods of time face heightened risks for asbestosis, mesothelioma and other diseases. If you suspect that your home or workplace contains asbestos, call a top asbestos abatement miami company, and ask for asbestos testing services.

Although asbestos use has largely faded as awareness about the dangers associated with it has grown, the substance’s harmful nature does not diminish over time. Locations across Broward County such as Hollywood, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miramar, Davie and Dania Beach. Leading asbestos removal fort lauderdale businesses help residential customers and commercial customers eliminate asbestos from premises across the county. These businesses can find asbestos under flooring, inside walls, in attics and in other parts of houses and other structures.

Sadly, many people who worked in shipbuilding, construction and other industries in past decades have faced severe health effects due to their exposure to the substance. Asbestos exposure can cause breathing problems, different types of cancer, including mesothelioma, and conditions such as asbestosis. Exposure to asbestos can result in mesothelioma, a particularly aggressive form of cancer.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Asbestos can Contaminate Municipalities’ Water Supplies

AC Pipe can Contaminate Water Supplies

Asbestos-cement pipe can put people's health at risk.
Across the country, municipalities that used asbestos-cement water pipes have cause for concern that asbestos levels in drinking water and water used for bathing, cooking and other purposes could exceed safe levels and potentially harm people who consume it or use it. These pipes also potentially imperil the health of maintenance workers. The City of Devine, Tx. recently experienced a scare from elevated levels of asbestos in its water supply. Fortunately for residents of South Florida, the most extensive use of asbestos cement (AC) pipe occurred in the Western half of the United States.

Generally, South Florida residents do not need to worry about asbestos contamination from AC pipe. Asbestos poses more of a threat to residents of places like Hollywood, Miami and Fort Lauderdale in flooring, ceilings, walls and other areas of their homes. If inhaled extensively, asbestos fibers can cause severe breathing problems. Asbestos exposure can lead to forms of cancer and other diseases and conditions. South Florida residents can use the services of businesses that perform asbestos abatement miami work to eliminate asbestos, a highly dangerous carcinogen, from houses, schools, workplaces, condominiums, churches and other locations.

Asbestos Within Homes Typically More Dangerous

Asbestos often becomes an issue and more hazardous to people’s health during renovations and remodeling projects. Many older homes in places like Sunrise, Lauderhill, Plantation and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea may contain asbestos under tile flooring, in popcorn ceilings and in insulation. Homeowners across the area may want to hire licensed companies that offer asbestos removal broward services to test for the presence of asbestos and remove the building material before it affects people’s health.

Exposure to asbestos, particularly over a long period of time, can lead to diseases and conditions such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that has killed thousands of people across the country. Many people who have worked in buildings with asbestos have suffered terrible health consequences as a result. Asbestos exposure in the home can cause asbestos-related diseases years or decades after the exposure. In rare cases, asbestos may occur in well water.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Homeowners Remodeling Homes May Discover Hidden Asbestos

Asbestos may lurk beneath flooring in people's homes, endangering them if they ever remodel their homes.
Many homeowners live safely in their homes for years, blissfully unaware of the potential dangers from asbestos lurking under their feet, in their walls and above their heads. However, when they move forward with remodeling projects or renovations, they unfortunately expose themselves to physical harm from this highly toxic building material. People across the South Florida region, including in places like Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Hollywood, Homestead, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Boca Raton have had the misfortune to find asbestos beneath tile flooring, beneath carpeting, within walls and above their ceilings.

Asbestos can cause serious harm to people’s respiratory systems and digestive systems if inhaled or ingested. Homeowners should turn to licensed and insured asbestos remediation firms to properly eliminate the substance when they do discover it. Top South Florida asbestos firms perform asbestos removal miami work for properties in Miami Beach, Cutler Bay, Hialeah, Aventura, Homestead, Miami Gardens, North Miami and other locations across the area. These companies remove asbestos from private homes, schools, office buildings, apartment complexes, hotels, post offices, courthouses and other buildings.

Companies licensed to perform asbestos abatement fort lauderdale work can help building managers, property owners and homeowners across Broward County minimize the risks associated with asbestos. Builders used this natural substance in the construction of all manner of buildings across South Florida for decades because of its positive qualities, including fire resistance, sound absorption and insulation. However, builders across the U.S. largely phased out its use in the 1980s as they became more aware of the dangers associated with asbestos exposure. When people breathe in or ingest asbestos fibers, they can develop a range of respiratory problems along with different forms of cancer and other diseases.

People who remodel or renovate their homes should take precautions to avoid asbestos exposure, and should hire qualified and state-licensed asbestos abatement firms to properly remove and dispose of the material. While costly, this service protects people’s health and provides peace of mind.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Asbestos Ingestion Also Leads to Asbestos-Related Illnesses in South Florida

While asbestos-related diseases more commonly occur from the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibers, those same tiny particles can also sicken people in South Florida who ingest them through food or drink. Asbestos poses the greatest threat to human health during demolition of older buildings or renovations of older buildings. When people do not take preventative measures to properly remove asbestos before renovating or demolishing older buildings, especially those built before the 1980s, they risk unleashing asbestos into the air, where it can get inhaled. Asbestos ingestion can also result from people drinking water that has passed through asbestos-lined water pipes. Asbestos exposure, including inhalation and ingestion, can result in many symptoms and diseases. People who have experienced some of these symptoms, as well as those who want to renovate or tear down older structures, should consider hiring companies that offer asbestos removal miami services to test for the presence of asbestos and get rid of the substance if necessary.

This article will explore some of the symptoms of asbestos ingestion and asbestos inhalation, underscoring the importance of the work performed by companies that offer asbestos abatement fort lauderdale services and asbestos removal in places such as Miami, Hollywood, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Hialeah, Homestead, Sunrise and other locations across South Florida. Asbestos exposure can lead to chronic illnesses and diseases as well as fatal diseases that have killed tens of thousands of people across the nation prematurely.

Asbestos exposure can result in many symptoms, including:

  • Respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, blood in the sputum, chest pain and more.
  • High blood pressure, also known as hypertension.
  • Swelling in the face or neck, due to inflammation of nasal cavities and the larynx.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.

Asbestos exposure can result in cancers of the stomach and the lungs, along with mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Older Automobiles Could Expose People to Asbestos

Asbestos often shows up in the brake pads of older vehicles.
While the auto industry relied heavily on asbestos in various components of cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles, especially brake pads, for decades because of the positive attributes that the substance brings, the industry has largely phased out its use as people have become more aware of the harmful aspects of asbestos exposure. However, businesses and professionals that service and repair older vehicles may come into contact with this dangerous substance. Buildings in which mechanics have worked on older vehicles, particularly those built before the 1980s, may have asbestos contamination, and mechanics may face increased risks of asbestos exposure. Across Miami-Dade County and South Florida, asbestos may lurk in auto repair facilities, but top asbestos removal Miami companies can inspect these facilities for the dangerous substance and eliminate it when found.

Although asbestos looms large as a danger for people working on older cars, including mechanics and auto enthusiasts, the substance lurks as a wider problem in older buildings across the area, especially those built prior to the 1980s. Aging buildings across the region, including courthouses, civic centers and city halls up and down the coast, may contain asbestos, once a commonly used building material. Before demolishing or renovating older structures, people should take precautions to get asbestos removed from the structures. People in the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast can use the services of top asbestos abatement palm beach businesses to clear asbestos from older houses, condominiums, apartment buildings, schools, libraries and other structures.

Asbestos can cause an array of symptoms, and long-term exposure to the substance can have devastating health impacts on people. Common symptoms of asbestos exposure include shortness of breath, a persistent dry cough, loss of appetite and chest pain. Over time, people exposed to asbestos can develop various pulmonary diseases and forms of cancer. These include mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.