WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that is made up of long, thin fibers that can look similar to fiberglass. Due to its strengthening, heat and sound proofing capability, manufacturers used asbestos to make many common household products including, pipe insulation, ceiling and floor tile, paints, caulking, and adhesives.
HOW DO YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH ASBESTOS?
The EPA has established a ban on the use of asbestos, but it is still a health hazard because it is still found in many homes, offices and schools. When asbestos is handled or disturbed the fibers become airbone and are easily inhaled. Man-made products such as insulation, paints, caulking, table pads, ceiling and floor tiles, roof shingles, cement, hair dryers and many other products contain asbestos. As asbestos becomes chipped, cracked, crumbly, powdery, flaky or decayed, the fibers can be released into the air and then inhaled.
WHAT CAN ASBESTOS DO TO YOU?
The United States Department of Health and Human Services has determined that asbestos is a known carcinogen. When inhaled, even in small amounts over time, asbestos fibers can cause a range of severe diseases including lung cancer, asbestosis (an irreversible scarring of the lungs similar to emphysema), and mesothelioma (a cancer of the chest and abdominal lining which causes tumors which grow, spread rapidly and is 100% fatal). Exposure to asbestos may also increase the risk of other cancers such as those of the larynx (throat) and of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach).
HOW DO YOU FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE AN ASBESTOS PROBLEM?
To find out if asbestos is a problem in your home or office, you must test.
The PRO-LAB® Asbestos Test Kit is an approved laboratory test that will accurately and reliably analyze your collected bulk sample for asbestos contamination to 1% content by volume, providing a professional lab report within seven (7) business days of our receipt of your test sample(s). If you would like to have a professional asbestos inspection, visit www.inspectorseek.com and an IAC2 / INTERNACHI home inspector can identify the source of a potential asbestos problem in your home or office.
PRO-LAB® Test Kits are available to the general publicat over 40,000 leading home centers, hardware stores, pharmacy chains, supermarkets, and a wide category of specialty outlets. Stores includeThe Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, Ace Hardware, True Value, Do ItBest, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Giant Eagle, and CVS.If you cannot find PRO-LAB® products in any of the stores above, please call 954-384-4446 to purchase