Asbestos was a popular building material before the nineties because of its insulating properties and its resistance to fire. Only later was it discovered that damaged asbestos is a health risk. Asbestos was then discontinued as a construction material. However, buildings which were made in the eighties and before are likely to contain asbestos.
If you live in such a home or work in such a building, it is important to have an inspection to check for the presence of asbestos. In case you need to demolish or renovate the building, then you may need the services of an asbestos removal company to safely get rid of the asbestos.
How Dangerous Is Asbestos?
Asbestos can be found in two forms, that is non-friable and friable asbestos. The non-friable form of asbestos has its asbestos fibers bonded with a material such as cement. Asbestos fibers can therefore not easily be released into the air which makes this form of asbestos safe as long as it is not damaged and remains undisturbed.
Friable asbestos on the other hand is asbestos that can be crushed into dust by pressing it with the hand. This form of asbestos easily releases asbestos fibers into the air which can then be inhaled.
Why Should An Asbestos Inspection Be Made?
When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they are deposited in the lungs. They can then lead to the development of asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestosis is a disease which affects the lungs by causing the lung tissues to get scarred. The lung tissues end up paining and also thicken which makes it hard to breathe.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which affects the outer lining of the lungs while lung cancer causes the growth of tumors in the lungs which eventually block the airways. In order to keep yourself and your neighbors safe, you need to have an inspection. This is more critical if you are planning to renovate or demolish the building.
Testing For Asbestos
You can always contact an asbestos consultant who is certified to carry out tests in order to determine whether your building has material that contains asbestos. It is not possible to confirm whether or not the building contains asbestos until tests are done. Once the consultant confirms that the building contains asbestos, he can make recommendations on how to contain or get rid of the asbestos.
The consultant will advise you on whether to contact a Class A or a Class B asbestos removal contractor. A Class A contractor is one that is licensed to remove any quantity of friable and non-friable asbestos. A Class B contractor can only remove non-friable asbestos of any quantity. If the asbestos to be removed is non-friable and is less than ten meters squared, then it can be removed by someone that is not licensed.
Safe Asbestos Removal
When asbestos removal work is taking place, the contractor has to ensure that the fibers are not released into the air. All asbestos containing materials should be placed in a container and properly sealed. The containers should also be clearly labeled to show that they contain asbestos material. They should then be disposed of in an area set aside for asbestos waste.
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