Asbestos-related diseases kill thousands of Americans every single year. These inconspicuous fibers wreck untold havoc on your respiratory system, and as such you may be wondering: “How do I know if asbestos is in my building?” and “How long does asbestos stay in the air?”
Answering these questions can be complicated, and requires the presence of asbestos removal professionals to answer. That’s because how long asbestos stays in the air doesn’t have a specific answer. It depends entirely on the location of the asbestos, and how often it is disturbed.
Certified asbestos contractors will be able to tell you if asbestos is present or not in your building, and if it is safe to breathe the air. We will do our best, however, to answer the question “How long does asbestos stay in the air?” as thoroughly as we can.
How long does asbestos stay in the air after it’s disturbed?
Asbestos fibers can remain in the air for 48 to 72 hours after they have been disturbed. After this time, the particles usually settle, but that’s not always the case.
Fibers can continue to linger if there are any air currents disturbing them. Temperature regulation systems, or even a breeze from a window, can spell disaster if you’re trying to keep asbestos fibers under control.
Even the slightest breeze can disturb asbestos containing materials and add new fibers into the air – or release already settled fibers back into circulation.
Because of this, and the fact that asbestos fibers are invisible to the naked eye, there is no way to tell how long asbestos does stay in the air of your building with observation alone. To know for sure, you must have professional asbestos testing done to ensure the space is safe.
In the meantime, you may be wondering how much exposure to asbestos is harmful.
How much exposure to asbestos is dangerous?
No amount of exposure to asbestos is considered safe. That being said, very short-term exposure to asbestos rarely causes disease. Most people who contract lung disease or mesothelioma cancer do so after repeated exposure to asbestos over time.
Asbestos exposure is cumulative, so short-term exposures can add up. Once the fibers are in your respiratory system, they are there for good. Asbestos is resistant to your body’s natural defence mechanisms, and the build up of fibers over time can cause significant health issues.
If you don’t know how long (or how many times) you have been exposed to asbestos, it’s crucial to contact an asbestos removal company as soon as possible to ensure your residence or work place is safe.
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Asbestos Removal PRO is a certified asbestos removal company with contractors ready and able to assist you at any time. If you are concerned there may be asbestos in your building, and would like to ask about our asbestos testing or removal services, don’t hesitate to reach out.
We offer free quotes and consultations on all our services, and put the health of you, your family, and your community first and foremost. We’ll help you get back to life as usual as soon as possible, and ensure that there is no trace of asbestos in the air.