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As Santa Barbara’s Top Rated Local® handyman, we are able to handle just about anything you throw at us. From smaller jobs like fan installation and residential cleaning to big projects like garage door replacement, balcony repair, or even commercial maintenance services, we’re equipped with the right tools and the knowledge to get the job done. But something that we are asked about frequently is asbestos removal. While we don’t handle asbestos abatement ourselves, we understand the concern. Today we’re going to take a closer look at asbestos and the dangers it presents.

Health Hazards

During the 1940s, asbestos became the primary insulation of choice for builders and construction companies across the United States. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the usage began to decline due to the emerging knowledge that it was posing a threat to human health. Now, asbestos has been classified as a carcinogen and the dangers are well understood. The danger lies in the composition of the fibers. The thin fibers are so tiny (.02 the diameter of a human hair) that they are easily inhaled. When these minuscule fibers are inhaled, they can become trapped in the lungs, building up over time. The accumulation will cause damage to the lung tissue, damage like scarring and inflammation. Over time, exposure can lead to serious medical issues like cancer and pleural effusions.

dreamstime_xxl_12476351Who Is At Risk?

One of the scariest things about asbestos is that there is no “safe” amount of exposure. Even if the exposure has been slight, individuals can still develop associate health problems later in life. Because of the widespread usage throughout the U.S., the likelihood of being exposed to asbestos at one time or another is of particular concern to a certain group of people. Major commercial industries, manufacturing plants, construction companies, and a host of other occupations pose a unique risk, especially for people who have been in those industries since before 1980. Military personnel, carpenters, painters, roofers, insulators, electricians—all of these tradesmen have more likely than not been exposed to asbestos. While steps have been taken to remove asbestos from facilities and factories, the process has been slow. Even if a worker is relatively new to the industry, exposure is still a possibility for the mere fact that abatement hasn’t been completed.

Homeowners can also be at risk for asbestos exposure, particularly if they are residing in or working with older homes. As house flipping continues to rise in popularity beside an ever-increasing do-it-yourself mentality, more and more homeowners could be breathing in harmful fibers without being aware of it. So before you launch into any DIY projects on your old home, be sure to have an inspection done to ensure the health of you and your family.

For Everything Else…

While Arc Handyman doesn’t offer asbestos abatement services, we are dedicated to ensuring that our friends and neighbors have the knowledge they need to stay happy and healthy in their homes. Don’t take chances with asbestos exposure, call an abatement team right away if your home or business hasn’t been cleared of the substance yet. For all of your other handyman projects, you can count on Santa Barbara’s Top Rated Local® handyman. Contact us for more information today!