Making use of Asbestos goes all the way back to historical times. In more modern times asbestos became readily available and an asbestos fiber had some unique qualities such as low conductivity and was resistance to high temperatures and even chemical attack. These qualities made it perfect for thousands of materials for both commercial and domestic applications.
As far as home construction was concerned asbestos was common in building materials such as: patching material, ceiling tiles, shingles for roofing, texturing paint and even several types of cement. The material was plentiful as it was easily found worldwide and the industry created employment for thousands of people.
Asbestos is usually not thought of as an overall health threat unless it has become damaged or disturbed and the asbestos particles become air born. If asbestos fibers break loose and become air borne they can become a health hazard.
Health risks caused by asbestos will depend on several factors such as: concentration of asbestos in the air, the amount of exposure time, the frequency of exposure to the asbestos, the size of fivers that were inhaled, and the amount of time since the first exposure.
If one inhales asbestos in volume or over an extended period of time the chance of health risks rise dramatically. The asbestos fibers that have been inhaled could accumulate and cause inflammation and irritability. These circumstances could lead to decreased lung function and instigate serious forms of cancer.
It should be noted that some common activities that might release asbestos into the air include: damage from water, ongoing vibration, age, and disruptive actions such as grinding,buffing, striking, breaking, or sawing. Actions like these can release asbestos into the air and cause them to be air borne.
The use of asbestos was most common from about 1935 to 1990. If you are renovating a home or tearing one down and you suspect there might be asbestos it is a really good idea to call in an an abatement expert for Asbestos Removal and Abatement Port Coquitlam and have the presence of asbestos confirmed. If there is asbestos present it is also a good thought to have it removed and discarded by a professional.
If you think you might have asbestos materials in your home and is crumbly, in poor condition, or has been damaged, you would be advised to find a professional Abatement Company to help remove or contain the asbestos material ASAP. Total Home Services are professionals in all types of Abatement such as water damage abatement, mold abatement and asbestos abatement. THS is certified and insured to be doing this type of abatement work.