It’s actually not a good news for any home renovator. Last year, when I start researching about the danger of DIY home renovation, I found a serious problem there, it’s about asbestos material. In fact, asbestos is still in use in many countries. Asbestos is dangers, I just aware about it!
If you are one of the renovation and design project players like me (DIY lover!), then you should care about this thing. Lest dive in.
Do you still use asbestos as plafond or ceiling in your house? If so, this article may help you realise the dangerous of asbestos for your health. Probably you don’t feel anything real right now, but the bad effects of the harmful substance will happen after years of getting exposed to.
Asbestos is a mining product which consists of silicate, calcium and magnesium in the form of fibre. More than 2 million tons of asbestos have been taken from all over the mining world in 2009. The use of asbestos is still increasing until now for many purposes including roofing, canvas brake, cable insulation and many more.
One of the reason asbestos is being used as house roofing is because of its cheaper than any other materials. Moreover, it is practical to be installed. But people should be aware there’s a hidden danger behind its simplicity. Being exposed to the harmful substance may cause health hazard.
Asbestos dust can be inhaled easily when it goes airborne. The symptoms of severe illness caused by asbestos probably will be felt in the future. The fibre dust is really dangerous. The effect is even more dangerous than smoking tobacco. Asbestos dust that lurks inside your lungs can be so dangerous because of its carcinogenic characteristic. What is the meaning of it? it’s mean we are as DIY person, don’t remove any asbestos material, it might hurt our health, find someone pro to help us, the step by step to do this dangerous project can be found on this asbestos removal in Brisbane example project. (Image via wikipedia)
So, what is the dangerous effects of asbestos for your health?
Long term asbestos exposure may cause some sort of cancer on mesothelium which is called mesothelioma. The broken DNA on this organ can disturb the cell growth. Every symptom will be different depends on the mesothelioma type.
Mesothelioma Pleura: This disease may be initiated with pain under the ribs, hard to breathe, cough, decreasing weight and bump under the skin.
Mesothelioma Pericardial: This kind of disease will hit your heart. The symptom will be hard to breathe, hard to swallow, swollen face and neck, pain because of lungs and spine.
Mesothelioma Peritoneal: The symptom may occur on the stomach area. The stomach will be swollen and painful.
2. Lung Cancer
Fibre dust can lurk inside bronchioles. Long term inhalation of fibre dust may cause lung cancer and throat cancer.
Fibre dust can also leave scars inside the lungs. This disease occurs with hard to breathe, heavy cough, decreasing appetites, and producing sounds while breathing. Medical cure can only reduce the pain temporarily.
4. Effusion of the Pleura
This health issue happens when there’s liquid filling up the pleura. The socket is located between membranes which cover the lungs. This illness is a complex version of mesothelioma. The symptoms may include hard to breathe, hick ups, cough, fever, and increasing breathing frequencies.
5. Plaque of the Pleura
The worst condition of asbestosis may end up with the occurring of pleura’s plaque. The lurked fibre dust inside the lungs will decrease their capacity to accommodate the air for breathing. Some of the patients don’t feel anything, and the others feel really hard to breathe.
How to Prevent Getting Affected on Asbestos
We will never want our loved ones being exposed to asbestos dust. Thus, you must take a preventive action to avoid the asbestos exposure. Here’s how you do it!
1. Use building materials that do not contain asbestos. Replace asbestos with other materials such as zinc plaster and many more.
2. If you have no option but to use asbestos as a building material, coat it with wall paint before it is installed. However, this method is not recommended, unless there is no other material to use in your home.
3. Use safety equipment when you are around buildings that use asbestos. You can wear gloves, masks, and protective goggles.
4. Wet down asbestos material with water to prevent the fibres from going airborne. Cover asbestos material with plastic to reduce the weather exposure. Remember, this must be done if you are forced to use this material.
5. Encourage children to stay away from any material made of asbestos.
6. Avoid having a direct contact with asbestos.
7. Do not burn asbestos waste or mix it with other garbage, plant it deeply in the ground.
Now you’ve found out the dangerous of asbestos for your health. You must raise your awareness of the use of asbestos in daily life. This article is not intended to make you feel afraid, because not all materials made of asbestos have a significant impact.
Asbestos exposure in small capacity is not too dangerous. The above mentioned diseases are usually experienced for workers in mines or factories. The risk of disease is greater when asbestos material has been damaged, broken, or perforated. How do you address this health fact?
DIY project is fun, we can create any good thing from unused items, but be careful on selecting material.