If your home or building was built before 1980, there’s a good chance it contains asbestos. Asbestos is a hazardous material that can lead to serious health problems. To protect yourself and your family or co-workers from asbestos exposure, it is important to understand what asbestos is and the proper steps to deal with it. This blog will discuss the dangers of asbestos and guidance on how to safely address asbestos.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral made up of thin, microscopic fibers. Because of its durability and resistance to heat and chemicals, it was a popular additive in thousands of products over the years, including building materials. It can pose significant health issues if the fibers become airborne and inhaled over long periods of time.
Where is Asbestos found?
In recent years, use of asbestos has been restricted due to its hazardous nature; however, it is still sometimes used. Common building materials such as insulation, roofing tiles, popcorn ceilings, floor tiles and adhesive, drywall and joint compounds, and pipe insulation are all potential sources of asbestos fibers.
How to address Asbestos?
Individuals should never assume asbestos does not exist; get it tested. If positive, never touch, move or dispose of asbestos-containing material on their own. Hire professionals who are specially trained and certified in how to properly identify, handle and dispose of asbestos materials.
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