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ASBESTOS ~ WHAT IS IT?
Asbestos is a generic term for a group of minerals known for their strength, flame and heat resistance, and
seemingly indestructible qualities.
Once considered a “miracle mineral,” asbestos was used for many years in building construction. It can be found inmany forms and places. Asbestos was used in boiler and pipe insulation, plasters, joint compound, texture, floor tile,roofing, mastics, electrical insulation, and as a fireproofing material on structural members in buildings. It has also
been sprayed on ceilings and walls as acoustic insulation.
Because of its indestructible qualities, asbestos is harmful to the human body. The body cannot digest, break down,
or change asbestos; it can only attempt to encapsulate it with scar tissue.
Several types of asbestos were banned by the EPA in the mid-70’s due to concern over the health effects
(especially cancer) associated with exposure to such materials. It is important to remember that asbestos generally
has been found to be hazardous to humans only when it is inhaled into the lungs.
Asbestos occurs naturally as a fiber; individual fibers are so small they are invisible to the naked eye. Most asbestos
is not hazardous in its original, undisturbed state; only when it is disturbed does it release asbestos fibers.
Symptoms of asbestos-related diseases do not occur soon after exposure. Those who are sick today because of
asbestos may have been exposed 20 to 40 years ago. Controlling exposures now will prevent disease and suffering
Asbestos Testing Inspection Services
Ensure the safety of your property and its inhabitants with an Asbestos Testing Inspection conducted by experts. Asbestos is a hazard substance commonly found in aging properties. If you are concerned about the possibility of the presence of asbestos, schedule your appointment today!