Asbestos is a mineral that is fibrous and resistant to fire. Because of this, it was once widely used as an insulating material, even in such things as oven mitts, through much of the 20th century. It was also added to building materials for strength.
Unfortunately, despite its useful properties, asbestos carries serious risks to human health. When the fibres are released into the air and breathed in by people, they can cause lung cancer, including mesothelioma, and other serious lung diseases that can be fatal.
Asbestos fibres can be released during routine renovation and demolition of older houses. It is important to inspect older structures for the presence of asbestos in the building materials and insulation, among other areas, and to make sure you get help with containment and disposal of the asbestos materials. If you are about to renovate or demolish an older structure, you are responsible for the health and safety of the workers and the public and must work to keep them safe from accidental asbestos exposure.
Asbestos Abatement can help make sure this process is effective and efficient. Call us for assistance.