The Ultimate Asbestos Removal Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Once upon a time, asbestos was seen as a miracle substance, used in an array of household products. This dangerous substance could be found in hospitals, schools, government buildings and even homes. Only a few decades ago, it was discovered that asbestos exposure has serious health consequences, which led to massive asbestos removal projects. Take this quiz and learn about asbestos removal.

When was it first determined that asbestos exposure causes health complications?

During the 1970s, research demonstrated that asbestos exposure causes cancer and respiratory problems. This led to a mass hysteria over asbestos exposure in the 1980s.

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Which of the following situations can lead to asbestos related health complications?

A home that has undisturbed or non-deteriorated asbestos is relatively harmless. It's when the asbestos becomes disturbed, such as in an asbestos factory or in a home with deteriorating asbestos, do health problems begin to occur.

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What happens when asbestos deteriorates or becomes disturbed?

Once asbestos starts to deteriorate, such as in an older home, or becomes disturbed, asbestos fibers are released into the air. These fibers are dangerous – they tend to stay in the air for a long time and can be breathed into your lungs, causing health problems.

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What is asbestosis?

Asbestosis, also known as pulmonary fibrosis, is the result of scarring of lung tissue due to asbestos exposure. The scarred lung tissue does not expand and contract properly.

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Lung cancer due to asbestos exposure can occur:

Lung cancer due to asbestos exposure, also known as malignant mesothelioma, can occur 20 to 40 years after initial exposure. That means if you were exposed in the 1980s, you may still be at risk of developing lung cancer due to asbestos.

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What increases your risk of developing lung cancer due to asbestos exposure?

Cigarette smoking further increases your risk of developing lung cancer after asbestos exposure. The incidence of lung cancer due to asbestos exposure is 4 out of 10,000 people.

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What are the symptoms of asbestosis?

The most common symptoms of asbestosis are: tightness in the chest, chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing. Other symptoms may also include nail abnormalities and clubbing of the fingers.

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What is the prognosis of someone diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma?

Unfortunately, 75 percent of those diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma die within the first year. Prognosis is dependent, however, on the duration and extent of asbestos exposure.

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What sign does your doctor look for when diagnosing asbestosis?

If you have asbestosis, your doctor can likely here a crackling sound when he/she listens to your breathing through a stethoscope.

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What is the functional purpose of asbestos?

Asbestos can be found naturally in the environment and has been mined since the 19th century. Its fibers are added to products as a flame retardant and as insulation.

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What building materials traditionally contained asbestos?

A whole host of building materials traditionally contained asbestos, and some of the materials are probably still in many homes today. Such materials include: paint, insulation, siding, roof shingles, fiberboard, soundproofing tiles, floor tile and cement.

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Asbestos seemed to be in everything. What inconspicuous household product used to contain asbestos?

Asbestos was really a ubiquitous household product. It could even be found in vermiculite – the little white Styrofoam pellets found in plant soil.

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What should you do if you suspect that your home has asbestos?

If you suspect your home has asbestos, contact an Environmental Protection Agency contractor who can assess your home and professionally remove any asbestos.

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What type of asbestos is better left alone?

Consider where the asbestos is in the house. If it's located in a place that remains relatively undisturbed, like your crawl space or insulation for you heating or plumbing, it may be best to just leave it alone.

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What should you do if you decide not to remove asbestos from your home?

Sealing your asbestos with a special sealant will coat the asbestos, binding the fibers together permanently. You can also try covering the asbestos by wrapping it up.

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What type of tools should you use if you want to remove asbestos yourself?

You should use hand tools to minimize asbestos dust. Avoid using power tools.

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How should you clean up asbestos dust?

You need a powerful vacuum for cleaning up asbestos dust. Do not use a broom and dust pan, as this does a poor job of removing the asbestos.

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How do you keep asbestos dust to a minimum?

You should try and keep asbestos from being airborne at all costs. Keep asbestos damp or wet during removal and also try and remove asbestos in big chunks rather than in smaller pieces.

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What type of asbestos should be removed?

You should definitely remove any asbestos that looks like it's deteriorating. Also consider removing asbestos that may become disturbed during a future remodeling project, such as asbestos fiberboard or asbestos paint.

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What kind of natural event can disturb asbestos?

Any natural event that causes destruction can disturb asbestos in your home. Hurricane Katrina, for example, led to massive post-hurricane asbestos removal from homes.

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