A couple of decades ago, it was perfectly acceptable to use asbestos in construction, in fact it was actually a very popular material. Asbestos is so versatile that it was used in masonry, insulation, fireproofing, soundproofing, and other aspects of building construction. But now, asbestos is considered as a very hazardous material, and it suddenly changed from being one of the most sought after building materials to becoming banned from use in almost all countries all over the world. What caused this sudden change of public opinion about asbestos, and why is asbestos removal the new norm instead of asbestos use?
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of fibrous minerals, some of the more popular types are the chrysotile, amosite, and actinolite asbestos to name a few. It became very popular in the early 1960s (but it was first used in the early 1950s) and was used in many different applications. The characteristics of asbestos that gave them such a high demand are the fact that it can easily be molded into any shape desired and it is also serves as very good insulation.
If it is well-maintained, asbestos does not really pose much of a health risk, it is when they start to deteriorate that you must also start worrying. When asbestos starts to break, they release hundreds of thousands of microscopic fibers into the air, and they are the ones that you should worry about.
Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?
The problem with the floating asbestos fibers is that they are small enough to get sucked into a person’s lungs, but it is also too large to safely pass through; and when the asbestos fibers get stuck onto the lining of the lungs, it will cause a host of diseases, most of which are fatal. Extended periods of asbestos exposure will often lead to the build up of scar tissue on the lungs, lung cancer, and mesothalioma, a unique form of cancer that is attributed to the inhalation of asbestos.
It is not only asbestos in the home that you should be wary of because there are also some automotive and other mechanical elements that are made using asbestos. So if you are a mechanic there is a chance that you are getting exposed to this very harmful material while you are working.
What Can You Do About It?
If you live in a house that is pretty old, then you should have it checked for asbestos. As mentioned earlier, houses built in the 1970s all the way to the late 1980s often contained asbestos. You should hire a professional company to handle the pretty hazardous work of detecting asbestos deposits and getting them out of your home. Though there are some companies out there who sell do-it-yourself asbestos abatement kits, you should not even think of attempting to handle this harmful substance by yourself.
If you suspect that there are asbestos-containing materials present in your house, then you should go online and visit our website. For many years, our company have been providing residents of Sydney, Wollongong, Parramatta, and other towns and cities with expert asbestos detection and removal. We only use the best and most modern protective gear and equipment so you do not have to put yourself in harm’s way. We will make sure that your house will be completely free of this hazardous material so that you and your family can once again breathe easily.
Absolute Environmental Services
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