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Information About Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral mined from ore. These fibers are never used alone and are always combined with other common building materials. The use of asbestos products was popular from 1900 through the 1970's. Asbestos has been used in over 3000 products. It became the additive of choice for building products because it will not burn, corrode, or conduct electricity and when mixed with other materials strength and durability are increased. Asbestos was commonly used as follows:

Vinyl asbestos floor tiles and sheet flooring
Wall board plaster compounds, textures, and acoustical ceiling spray
Roofing materials and shingles
Pipe, boiler and tank insulation
Fireproofing materials

Harmful Effects Of Asbestos
Asbestos in a building that remains intact is not a problem.  However, asbestos that has been made airborne by renovation, repair, or damage, will remain in the air for hours. Once inhaled, these fibers enter the lungs. Because the fibers are resistant to decay the body fails to eliminate asbestos the way other trace elements are removed.
Medical scientists have been unable to determine a safe level of exposure and hence legislation has been extremely restrictive. Asbestos is known to cause a number of health hazards including various forms of cancer, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Asbestos Inspections and Abatement
A survey is an on-site inspection that includes: a measurement of the size and quantity asbestos present, the condition of these materials, and hazard associated with any asbestos identified. A building owner or resident should never attempt to remove asbestos on his or her own. Only a professional technician who is licensed, trained and certified to work with this material should handle the removal of asbestos. Removal of asbestos by an unqualified person causes much more of a dangerous situation than if the asbestos had been left alone. When asbestos is present there are often several abatement options. Asbestos can be encapsulated or removed. With each of these options come different costs.

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