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Do you know how to handle an at-home asbestos problem?

When you bought your home in a quaint, beautiful Pittsburgh neighborhood, you may have loved showing off the old-fashioned, red brick architecture to friends and family. Pittsburgh's buildings and culture attract visitors from across the nation, many of whom, like you, decide to move here permanently. The problem with older homes is that many contain asbestos. In fact, concerning homes built before 1985 or so, you can bet your bottom dollar that there's asbestos somewhere.

Asbestos: What exactly is it and why is it dangerous?

You've likely seen the term asbestos in Pennsylvania news headlines at some point in time. People in this state, especially regions like Pittsburgh, have suffered serious injuries related to asbestos in connection with past work in steel mills, shipyards, textile factories, schools and other old buildings. You won't be able to recognize signs of asbestos-related illness if you don't clearly understand what asbestos is and under what circumstances you may have come into contact with it.  

What can make an asbestos exposure particularly dangerous?

Over the years, asbestos has been used in a wide range of fields. So, there are all kinds of workers who, at some point in their career, may have faced asbestos exposure. A few examples of work fields that have seen significant risks on this front over the years are shipbuilding, construction, building and asbestos-related mining/milling/manufacturing.

Pittsburgh's coal mining legacy is not all good

In decades past, most Pittsburgh families included one or more members who worked in one of the city's coal mines. Whether engaging in surface or deep mining, such work always posed great risk to employees. However, even if you didn't work in a coal mine but merely lived close to one, your own health may have been adversely affected by coal mine hazards.

Why breathing is so dangerous if asbestos is nearby

You'd be hard-pressed to find a building in Pennsylvania constructed before 1970 that doesn't contain asbestos. There may indeed be some, somewhere, but it is far more common to find asbestos in old buildings rather than not. No amount of exposure to asbestos is safe. However, there are times when it's more dangerous than others.  

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