Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Asbestos Remains a Danger to South Florida Residents and Workers

Many older buildings across the South Florida region, as well as many homes in the area, contain a lethal danger, silently lurking in drywall, pipes, flooring, ventilation and other components. Asbestos, a dangerous compound once commonly used in building materials, has caused thousands of cases of mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and other ailments across the United States and around the world, including a sizable number here in South Florida. Workers demolishing or renovating old structures or tearing up old roads risk exposure to this toxic substance. Before beginning demolitions or renovations, homeowners and companies should consider hiring a qualified, licensed and experienced asbestos abatement south florida business to safely eliminate all traces of asbestos from the structure.

Unfortunately, asbestos has joined a list of other toxic substances lurking in people's homes, such as lead-based paints. Many homes and other buildings across South Florida, including the Palm Beaches, the Treasure Coast, Broward County and Miami-Dade County, contain lead-based paint that could endanger children, adults and pets. People who suspect that their homes or workplaces may contain lead should consider hiring a lead removal palm beach company to eliminate this hazard.

Asbestos fibers inhaled or ingested can cause serious health problems, including different forms of cancer and respiratory problems. Each year, thousands of people get diagnosed with mesothelioma, and often-fatal form of cancer that affects the lungs, the stomach and the heart, among other organs. Asbestosis, in other conditions linked to the inhalation of asbestos, can cause severe shortness of breath along with inflammation and scarring of the lungs.

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