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Asbestos: The Danger Still Exists

While it was on the front pages of major newspapers back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, many people are under the false assumption that asbestos is a long forgotten danger. Nothing could be further from the truth. As evidenced from the picture above. This is a recent picture of an asbestos coated furnace that needed replacement. Unfortunately for the homeowner, it was covered entirely with asbestos. Back in the early days, asbestos was thought to be a good insulator. Now, we’ve come to learn, it’s a health hazard.

Surprisingly, it’s not that rare of an encounter for Verne & Ellsworth Hann. Fortunately, we work closely with a licensed, highly trained team of asbestos remediation specialists. We take asbestos seriously. As a homeowner, you should take it seriously as well.

As a homeowner, if you need to have a boiler or furnace replaced that’s covered in asbestos or have pipes that are asbestos covered, don’t be sweet talked by a heating contractor who mitigates the importance of asbestos remediation and says he can do the project at a lower price. If you are approached by an individual who suggests asbestos is an over rated concern, your level of trust should stop right there. Simply put, don’t so business with a person who jeopardizes the health of you and your family.

Consider the following warning from the Environmental Protection Agency:
Health Effects From Exposure to Asbestos

“Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking. In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects.

Disease symptoms may take many years to develop following exposure.

Asbestos-related conditions can be difficult to identify. Healthcare providers usually identify the possibility of asbestos exposure and related health conditions like lung disease by taking a thorough medical history. This includes looking at the person’s medical, work, cultural and environmental history. After a doctor suspects an asbestos-related health condition, he or she can use a number of tools to help make the actual diagnosis. Some of these tools are physical examination, chest x-ray and pulmonary function tests. Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist who treats diseases caused by asbestos.

Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest, abdomen and heart.
  • Asbestosis, a serious progressive, long term, non-cancer disease of the lungs.”

While it is not unusual to find asbestos in homes built in the areas of Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights or University Heights, asbestos was used in the homebuilding industry up until 1986. To a lesser, but still prevalent degree, asbestos in some form can still be found in homes from South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights and Pepper Pike.

That’s because while banned in 1978, existing asbestos stock was allowed under law to be used up in the homebuilding and commercial building industries until 1986.

Trust a company that is not only environmentally responsible, but a company that knows the importance of the environment in your home. At Verne & Ellsworth Hann, we not only take the installation of your boiler or furnace very seriously, we also take the health of your family seriously.

What People Are Saying

  • From start to finish their work has met/exceeded our highest expectations.   Bill Hann guided us through what needed to be done and his workmen were extremely competent and easy to communicate with.  The new system works beautifully.  Thank you!  We highly recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann.

    - Rose B.( Geauga County, Unico Air Conditioning Installation May 2017 )
  • Verne & Ellsworth Hann has gone above and beyond for us repeatedly including giving us two salvaged cast iron radiators when our existing ones were not doing the trick.  They came back countless times when we were unable to regulate the temperature in the house until they found the perfect balance.  They’ve responded to emergencies in a matter of minutes and performed invaluable services professionally and expertly.  I cannot recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann enough and will continue to use them and trust them with all of our home needs.  They are fantastic.

    - Tatiana D.( Cleveland Heights, Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Service )
  • The installers were very professional.  The workmanship looks excellent.  They answered the few questions I had, and the job went smoothly.  I am very pleased.

    - Kathleen C.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation March 2017 )
  • Verne & Ellsworth Hann cared about making sure I knew my options. I was given detailed explanations to my questions and did not feel pressured at all. The crew was kind and considerate and put drop cloths everywhere. You must do yourself a favor and choose to work with Verne & Ellsworth Hann, Inc.

     

     

    - Frank V., Painsville( Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, March 2017 )
  • I really appreciate the amount of time Bill spent going over all our options.  The installers were great and the process was painless from start to finish!

    - David G.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation February 2017 )