Asbestos is a mineral that was used for building and insulation in the 1950's It was later discovered to cause Mesothelioma, other cancers, and health issues. During Remodeling the fibers can become loose and be breathed in causing the above mentioned health issues.
Asbestos information, removal and safe handling.
Asbestos is a name that is given to a group of fibrous silicate materials which naturally occur in the environment. It was mined and widely used for many decades in the past. Asbestos became widely used by industry in the 1800's due to its unique combination of chemical inertness, flexibility, insulation and tensile strength. This naturally occurring mineral is the only one of its kind that can be woven like cotton or wool into useful fabrics and fibers.
There are 3 most common types of asbestos: Chrysotile (or white asbestos), Crocidolite (or blue asbestos) and Amosite (or brown/gray asbestos). Blue asbestos causes the most harm of these types. Its fibers are extremely thin and long which makes them highly likely to reach the lungs as compared to the curlier fibers of white asbestos.
Why is asbestos dangerous? During the early 1900’s concern had been raised by medical professionals stating that the deaths of asbestos workers through respiratory diseases were caused by their exposure to asbestos. By the 1930’s there was already a substantial scientific knowledge concerning asbestos and it’s related diseases.
Diseases related to asbestos are generally associated with inhaling the mineral over a extended period of time. However, there are a small number of people who may develop mesothelioma after a short exposure to asbestos.
Can I find asbestos in my home? Yes. There are many materials in homes that may contain asbestos. Although in some cases, the presence of materials that contain asbestos in homes are no cause for alarm if they are not damaged. Say for example, asbestos cement sheet ceilings or walls that are in good conditions and paint-coated do not pose a health risk so long as they are not showing any sign of damage or degradation and are not disturbed. It is advisable to visually inspect these types of materials from time to time for damage and deterioration.
If you have decided to handle asbestos removal or are working with materials with asbestos, it is important to consider and remember the following:
-old floor tiles
-joint compound used on seams between pieces of sheetrock
– Popcorn Ceilings
– Piping Insulation
– HVAC ducts
– Roof Shingles
-Newer houses may also contain Asbestos
-Patching compounds used on walls and ceilings
-Walls and floors in HVAC/ High heat- flammability areas of may be protected with asbestos paper, mill board, or cement sheets
-Boiler /furnaces and door gaskets
-Fire and Heat-resistant fabrics
-Automobile clutches and brakes
There are six different kinds of Asbestos
All six are under two main groups: Serpentine and Amphibole.
Asbestos is a Carcinogen-a substance that promotes carcinogenisis, or the formation of cancer. It is a deadly mineral that is know to cause cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. Thousands of hardworking men and women have been and are being diagnosed with mesothelioma--The cancer caused by Asbestos exposure--Because companies are putting profits ahead of people. If your building has Asbestos, do the responsible thing and get it out of your building. The cost of Asbestos Removal in any of the above mentioned areas depends on the amount needed to be removed. We can give you a quote and then safely remove it from your building. Please call us for details at 773-345-7074 (click to call on mobile phone)
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