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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

  • Your company did an excellent job!  We really appreciated how quickly your crew worked in order to get our heat back on as soon as possible.  Everyone seemed very knowledgeable, professional and excellent in their work!

    - George O.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
  • Thank you thank you!  For your amazing response and difficult repair – I really appreciate it!

    - Marianne P.( Aurora, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
  • Bill carefully examined the old boiler and piping, checked all the radiators and came up with a replacement proposal.  He explained two issues with the old boiler that other contractors did not notice or did not care to explain.  The first was what’s causing the rust in the boiler and how he was going to minimize the issue in the new system.  The second was how he would re-pipe the kitchen loop so the kitchen wouldn’t be so cold.  Bill addressed each and every question I had.  Although we received four bids that were comparable, we chose Bill Hann’s company because he was knowledgeable, thoughtful and detailed.  The work was completed in two days by a great installer team.  They were on time, professional and courteous.  The new boiler and piping work nicely without any issues and we now have a comfortable kitchen to dine in.  I’d highly recommend them.

    - Brian B.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
  • I strongly recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann without reservation.  Choosing the right boiler was important and proper installation was critical.  I was impressed with all aspects of the Verne & Ellsworth Hann organization.  Most importantly, Bill Hann earned my trust.  The installation team was excellent.  They were experienced.  They arrived precisely on time every day.  They explained every step of the process.  They worked as a team.  They treated my home with extreme care, as if it was their own.  The installation is a thing of beauty.  Every time I go into my basement I smile.  I now have a reliable, efficient system.  I don’t usually take the time to write recommendations, but in this case I am doing so because it is so well deserved.

     

    - Allen P.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
  • Boiler has performed like a champ!  Install is neat and clean. Instructions for next 3 months have been followed.  New stat works well!

    - John R.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )