Since asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral, so it’s not only seen in our homes and structures but the natural environment as well.
Many people can become exposed to asbestos if they live nearby a place that has asbestos-containing rocks that begin to erode. People can also become exposed to it through their water, from eroding asbestos-containing water pipes. They can also be exposed to it if those asbestos-containing rocks get disturbed in some way – by shovelling, leaf-blowing, digging, or collecting and moving those rocks. This can also happen if you are driving on an unpaved surface with these rocks, breathing in the fibres that loosen from them with lowered windows. You can also breathe these fibres in on hikes, off-roading, cycling and running where they are naturally present.
What to Do if You Suspect Asbestos Exposure
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The most important thing to do is to evaluate your surroundings or have a professional check them out. Whether that is an off-road area you regularly drive-by, the rocks just outside your backyard or your basement, it’s important to have a professional take a look and maybe take those fibres in for a lab test.
If those tests come back positive, do what you can to change your routine and avoid being exposed to asbestos. Have a professional eliminate these items for your safety and take proper precautions in ridding your environment of the dangerous material.
Don’t panic, whatever the case may be. Usually, asbestos-related illnesses occur in people who work in mining, construction or insulation, being exposed to a thick fog of asbestos on a daily basis. Minimal exposure here and there may not ever lead to illness, as these illnesses occur years, sometimes decades after the exposure. Sometimes, they don’t even develop.
If you suspect your environment contains asbestos, get in touch with us and we would be more than happy to discuss it with you or evaluate the site of concern. We offer safe, up-to-standard asbestos removal Vancouver services for our concerned customers.