There is a word of caution to owner's of older homes from the (DEQ) Department of Environmental Quality. Anyone living in an older home should have a sample of their flooring tested for the presence of asbestos. The inhalation of particles and dust from asbestos puts a person at risk for developing the deadly lung cancer, known as Mesothelioma.
The removal of such flooring poses a great risk to those looking to engage in home improvement. This act may kick up asbestos particles that have been lying dormant. Extra caution needs to be observed by anyone participating any home renovation that involves flooring. Strict adherence to wearing an approved mask that protects from asbestos removal, and following all precautions for asbestos removal are necessary. If a weekend warrior lacks the knowledge or expertise to do this it may be best to gain the help of a home improvement professional. Be sure to hire someone that is an expert in the removal of asbestos type materials.
Mesothelioma at this time has no known cure. Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos or has any fear that they may have been exposed needs to seek medical help immediately. Specifically, a doctor who is well-versed in the detection and treatment of Mesothelioma needs to be contacted. Even though there is no cure finding the best doctors who are masters at treating Mesothelioma, can make all the difference to how the disease is treated.
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By Delsia Hartford