Asbestos is a naturally
occurring substance, which was widely used
because of its ability to withstand high
heat loads without burning or breaking
down. Unfortunately, it was discovered
that over time it breaks down into small
fibers that when ingested become lodged
in the lungs where it builds up and destroys
the tissue and can cause serious health
problems including Mesothelioma which is
a cancer of the chest and abdominal membranes
caused by the inhalation of asbestos and
Asbestosis, a chronic disease of the lung
which makes breathing progressively more
difficult. These diseases can lead to death
but because it has a latency period of
twenty to forty years, it takes a while
for manifestation of the symptoms.
1971 asbestos was listed as an EPA hazardous
air pollutant, but because its use in the
past was widespread it is still possible
to find it in a variety of places in both
residential and commercial applications.
Asbestos should only be considered a problem
if it is breaking down or falling apart,
allowing its' fibers to become airborne.
Removal or encapsulation (sealing the asbestos,
normally beneath a wrapping of epoxy) should
only be conducted by a licensed contractor
trained to handle the remediation of it.
If asbestos is found and is in good condition,
care should be taken not to disturb it
or damage it.
is a list of common places where asbestos
can be found. If in doubt, a sample of
the suspected material can be collected
by a professional testing company and
tested for its' content.
|Asbestos Ceiling Tiles
||Hot Water and Steam Pipes
|Roofing and Siding
|Ducts and Furnaces
||Joint Compound/ Textured Paint
We hope that you have
found this article helpful. Please
us if you have questions. This
article is to give you an idea of what
to look for. It is always recommended
that you hire or consult with a professional
and licensed contractor.