What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is actually a naturally-occurring mineral that grows as a bundle of fiber that can separate into strong individual threads. Asbestos is heat and fire resistant, and it doesn’t conduct electricity. This makes it absolutely perfect for many commercial, residential, and industrial applications.
Unfortunately, asbestos was around for many, many years before we learned that asbestos exposure can be extremely hazardous to human health. The tiny asbestos fibers can float in the air, for days, much longer than typical dust particles.This makes them very easy for humans to breathe them in. These fibers become trapped in the lungs, and extensive exposure can lead to scarring, inflammation, and lung cancer.
Since it occurs naturally, we’re all exposed to at least some asbestos. Consistent exposure to these fibers increases your risk of developing later lung problems – especially for young kids.
Where is Asbestos?
Asbestos has been banned in many applications for decades. However, you can still find it in many older homes, schools, and commercial buildings. As long as the asbestos materials are in good condition, the risk is minimal. But once you begin remodeling or otherwise disturbing asbestos-containing materials, you risk releasing the tiny fibers into the air and causing future health problems.
Here are some of the places that you might find asbestos, especially if your property was built between about 1940 and 1970:
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Attic insulation
- Some linoleum
- Roofing materials
- Window caulking and glazing
- HVAC duct insulation
- Fiber cement siding
- Some forms of paint
Again, if these materials are in great condition, the health risk is minimal. It’s when these materials begin breaking down – or you disturb them in the remodeling process – that problems arise.
Cracks and holes like these are what allows fibers to be released in the air. If your tile is cracking in several spots it may be time to remove it, as it is becoming unsafe.
Crisis Cleaning operates in Bloomington, Indianapolis and Ohio. We provide solution to any Asbestos issues such as Asbestos Testing and Asbestos Abatement. Any question you can call us at (877) 260-4828 or send us an email.