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Asbestos Testing: Any building of any age may contain asbestos. Even newly built structures may have asbestos-containing materials. You can not be sure that a material contains asbestos by just looking at it. Therefore, you must treat all suspect material as if they contain asbestos. You may suspect there is asbestos in a home, but only trained professionals can examine materials without the risk of releasing fibers into the air.
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If your asbestos test is positive, a certified General Abatement Contractor must be contracted to remove asbestos-containing materials before they are disturbed by renovation or demolition. Asbestos waste material must also be disposed of at an approved asbestos waste disposal site. DR. Environmental can assist you with finding a certified abatement contractor for both of these tasks.
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Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring minerals. It can be used for a wide variety of applications including: thermal insulation, chemical and thermal stability, and high tensile strength. It can use used in ceiling, wall boards, flooring, pipes and more.
The types of asbestos that are regulated are: Chrysotile, Amosite, Crocidolite, Anthophyllite, Tremolite and Actinolite.
Asbestos deposits are found throughout the world and are still mined in Australia, Canada, South America and the former Soviet Union.
Asbestos is commonly used as an acoustic insulator, thermal insulation, fire proofing and in other buildings materials.
Asbestos fibers are incredibly strong and have properties that make them resistant to heat. Many products are in use today that contain asbestos.
Most of these are materials used in heat and acoustic insulation, fireproofing, and roofing and flooring.
Asbestos is not always an immediate hazard. In fact, if asbestos can be maintained in good condition, it is recommended that it be left alone and periodic surveillance performed to monitor its condition.
It is only when asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are disturbed or the materials become damaged that it becomes a hazard.
When the materials become damaged, the fibers separate and then become airborne. In the asbestos industry, the term “friable” is used to describe asbestos that can be reduced to dust by hand pressure. “Non-Friable” means asbestos that is too hard to be reduced to dust by hand.
Machine grinding, sanding, and dry-buffing are ways of causing non-friable materials to become friable.
Asbestos is made up of microscopic bundles of fibers that may become airborne when distributed. These fibers get into the air and may be inhaled into the lungs, where they may cause significant health problems.
Researchers still have not determined a “safe level” of exposure, but we know the greater and longer the exposure, the greater the risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease.
Some of these health problems include:
Asbestosis is a lung disease that causes scarring of the lungs. Eventually, this scarring may become so severe that the lungs cannot function. The time it takes for the disease to develop is often 25-40 years.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lung and chest and/or the lining of the abdominal wall. The only know cause of this form of cancer is from asbestos exposure. The time it takes for the disease to develop is often 15-50 years.
Lung Cancer can be caused by asbestos. The effects of lung cancer are often greatly increased by cigarette smoking (by about 50%) Cancer of the gastrointestinal tract can also be caused by asbestos. The time it takes for the disease to develop is often 15-30 years.