Asbestos Questions

What is asbestos, and why should I be concerned about it?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used extensively in the past within the construction field. It was used because of its many important properties, but its heat resistivity and durability were perhaps the most important. It also was found to be hazardous to respiratory and bodily health.

Asbestos fibers can cause many health issues, such as mesothelioma and certain types of cancer. Fibers can also be transferred from person to person when settling on clothing or other areas of mutual exposure.  It is for the above reasons that it is important to test for, and remove, asbestos if there is a possibility of exposure.

When should I test for asbestos?

Asbestos was used in construction for many decades, from approximately the ’30’s to the ’80’s, so the prevalence of asbestos in the environment is widespread. Thus, it is important to have your building inspected by professionals if you suspect asbestos may be present. The issue is that, once asbestos fibers are released to the air due to construction projects, building renovations, natural disasters, material age, etc., fibers are present for possible exposure.  The following list gives examples of times when asbestos testing is warranted:

Renovation projects

Exposure of materials due to natural disaster (wind damage, flooding, etc.)

Occupancy of an older building

Buying or selling an older building

For peace of mind

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