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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

  • Excellent and prompt service.  The workmen were professional and helpful in their explanation of care and service of the equipment.

    - Charles S.( Cleveland Heights, AC Installation July 2017 )
  • I want you to know how pleased I was with the entire experience.  From the initial meeting with Chris through the installation of my new A/C unit.

    - Sondra S.( Shaker Heights, Air Conditioning Installation July 2017 )
  • Installers were spot on time at 8 am, took care not to track dirt into house, and were both courteous and friendly.  Excellent quality work to boot!

    - John S.( Cleveland, Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )
  • I have had several projects from Verne & Ellsworth, across boiler replacements, heating system installation, and air conditioning system set up and install.  Each of these times, Bill Hann takes a ton of his time to talk to my wife and I to learn about the issues we’re having, explain the root causes of those issues, and suggest fixes that we know will prevent the issues from coming back – not just paper over the issue temporarily.  Lastly, he always delivers on time – onsite when he says he will be, fishing when he says he will – and always makes sure every aspect of the job is completed, from material removal and set up, to equipment install, to clean up after the project.  A++ and highly recommended!

    - Mike C.( Shaker Heights, Heating and Cooling, June 2017 )
  • The unit is working very well.  The installers were very professional, showed me how everything worked, and cleaned the basement beautifully.  I would never have even known they were there.  Thank you again.

    - Michelle T.( Wickliffe, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )