Understanding Asbestos

More than likely you have heard all the horror stories about asbestos, but do you really know what it is? Asbestos is actually very hard to steer clear of completely as it is in our schools, the water, soil, the air we breathe, and even the foods we eat. Yes, it is something to fear; however, you must put this in the right place as it will not cause the end of the world.

Asbestos is a mineral that is found in several different parts of the world and is even mined in the US, South Africa, and Canada. The majority of asbestos is mined in Canada and has been used since ancient Rome and Greek times for its heat resistant properties. In the 1930’s it was used to insulate steam locomotives but did not become used across many different industries until the 1940’s.

After WWII, the use of asbestos grew and it is estimated that more than 700,000 buildings and 100,000 schools used asbestos for such things as fireproofing, decoration, and insulation.

During that time, we only knew how to use asbestos and how the mineral worked that seemed like a great product; however, today we have discovered that breathing in asbestos fibers has the possibility to cause fatal illnesses such as lung cancer, pneumoconiosis, interstitial fibrosis, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. Even with that said, not all asbestos usage is fatal.

You can have your home or building tested for asbestos to learn if the amount of the mineral in the home or building is safe. Just like almost everything on this earth, too much of anything can harm our bodies.

There are kits that you can get that will allow you to test for asbestos, however, once you learn that you may have too much asbestos in your building, it is not a job for you to rid the asbestos from your home or building. Trying to remove this mineral can not only be harmful to you but others in the area if you do not perform the task correctly. In the United States, every state and the Federal government have regulations concerning asbestos. Trying to do it alone, you more than likely will violate one of the laws governing the removal of asbestos.

It is always best for your own health and the health of others in the area, to contact a professional such as Focus Demolition. It would be best to talk with a professional as some will state that it is best to completely remove the asbestos while others just state that sealing the asbestos is the best answer. It would be in your best interest to talk with at least three companies that deal with asbestos before you make your decision. Ask for references, the process they plan to use, and if the process will be permanent, along with asking for a quote. In some states, it is against the law to remove the asbestos, which is often why sealing is chosen as the best option.