Asbestos particles are microscopic
… They’re Little Things That Can Cause Big Problems
You were scared of the bully on the playground because he was bigger than you.
The fact that, years later, you would be a successful professional, while that guy would be an unemployed loser living in his mom’s basement, was not a factor back on the playground. No, the only fact that mattered back then was that he was bigger than you. That, and the fact that he took your lunch money.
We’re often scared of things that are bigger than us. Bullies, rhinos, buses, and washed-up celebrity has-beens who’ve really let themselves go are just a few examples of bigger things that tend to scare us, or at least creep us out somewhat.
But things that are smaller than us don’t tend to scare us as much (except for toddlers). If the skinny nerd on the playground had threatened to beat you up for your lunch money, you would’ve scoffed. (He never did, though, because he was a little scared of you.)
We tend to think that little things can’t hurt us. But au, contraire!
Here’s just a partial list of the things that are smaller than you, and can definitely hurt you:
- Tiny rhinos
- Foul balls
- Errant golf balls
- Looks of disdain
- Tacks on chairs
- BB guns
- Power tools
- Steak knives dangerously placed blade-up in the dishwasher
- Germs, and
“Power tools and steak knives, sure,” you’re thinking. “But asbestos?”
“Is asbestos even smaller than I?”
If all the drywall in your house contains asbestos (which may well be the case), then no, you’re smaller than that asbestos. But when some disaster strikes, such as a house fire (even a small one), or a busted pipe, or damage caused by a dip-brained cousin your spouse hired to do a little remodeling… you will suddenly be bigger.
That’s because the asbestos in those wall boards will break up into tiny little microscopic shards in the air in your home, and yes, those tiny little shards can definitely hurt you.
Breathe in enough of them, and you run the risk of developing mesothelioma lung cancer, for which there is no cure.
Talk about hurt!
Since things like drywall and plumbing insulation and floor tiles often contain asbestos, the stuff is all around you. Yes, it was illegal for a hot minute several years ago, and you still can’t make stuff with it in the U.S., but it’s perfectly legal to import asbestos, and tons of it come into the country every year.
And when it’s in its solid, manufactured state, you don’t have to be scared of it, regardless of the size differential (for instance, some faux jewelry even contains asbestos!).
It’s when it breaks into microscopic shards – tiny airborne shrapnel you can’t see, feel, hear, taste, or smell – that’s when asbestos can be quite frightening.
But you don’t have to live in fear, even if you have a possible asbestos problem at your place. You can have the place professionally tested, and if you’ve got a contamination, we’ll jog on over and fix the problem – for less than you probably think.
We’ll keep at it until the air at your place is 100% asbestos free!
And that will be scary-good.
When the pros from Asbestos Abatement, Inc. arrive to get rid of your asbestos problem, they’ll be dressed in funny-looking space suits which will make them seem bigger than they are. In some cases, they might look like yellow rhinos in those things. But fear not! They’re there to help. Your asbestos problem will soon be a thing of the past. And you can keep your lunch money, too!