Asbestos Background & The Dangers:
”Asbestos” is a generic name for a group of six (6), naturally occurring minerals that can be separated into long & thin microscopic threads of fiber. These fibers were widely used for many construction and industrial purposes.
The six (6) Asbestos minerals/types are Chrysotile, Amosite, Crocidolite, Tremolite, Actinolite, & Anthophylite. The Asbestos fibers were widely used in construction & industrial work because of how strong, flexible, and its impressive ability of being resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals.
Major Health concerns & Asbestos related diseases have been diagnosed and linked back to inhaling asbestos fibers. Asbestosis, Lung Cancer & Disease, and Mesothelioma are some proven health concerns that have been traced back to the result of consuming asbestos fibers.
Experts believe that approximately 60,000 mesothelioma deaths will occur between 2010 and 2030.
Currently today, each State enforces their own laws and guidelines to identify, inspect, and safely remove ACM materials from commercial properties planning to undergo renovations and/or demolition activities. However, there are currently no regulations or restrictions for residential property renovations and/or demolition activities in many states within the United States.
Common materials that can contain Asbestos:
Asbestos was widely used in many building materials and because asbestos can’t burn and is resistant to heat, it became known as the “miracle mineral” to building industries. Here are some common Asbestos-Containing Materials that you probably have in or on your home right now:
- Drywall (Sheetrock)
- Wall Plaster
- Joint Compound
- Popcorn Ceilings/ Wall Textures/ and vinyl wall covers
- Flooring mastics
- Ceiling Tiles/ Spray-on insulation
- Vinyl Flooring Tiles / Sheet Vinyl / Peel & Stick Tiles
- Pipe & Duct coverings
- Fire Proofing / Fireplace Insulation
- Roof Shingles / Transite Sidings
- Putties / Caulking
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