What is Asbestos? Asbestos is a natural mineral with unusual qualities. It is strong enough to resist high temperatures, chemical attack and wear. A poor conductor, it insulates well against heat and electricity.
Asbestos crystals become long, flexible, silky fibers so it can be made into a wide variety of forms. It can be spun into yarn, woven into cloth or braided into rope. Asbestos can also be added to materials as diverse as cotton and cement.
Is there Asbestos in your home? The combination of properties listed above gives asbestos performance capabilities that are difficult to match. Prior to being banned in the early 1980s, it was common to use asbestos in a wide variety of building products. If your home was built before 1984 then it is likely that there are products that contain asbestos within your home. Below you will find a list of building materials that commonly contained asbestos;
VCT floor tiles
Insulation around water pipes or heat ducting
Lathe and plaster walls or ceilings
If you suspect there is Asbestos in your home, what should you do? If the product is already protected or isolated, the best thing is to leave it alone. The worst thing is to start ripping out the product. Asbestos poses health risks only when the fibers lodge in the lungs and can impair lung function. When you disturb the fibers, you are making them airborne.
The removal of Asbestos should only be done by properly trained personnel. If you need asbestos removal services, please contact us.