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What are the Dangers of Asbestos Removal?

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July 19, 2008

What are the Dangers of Asbestos Removal?

Many people decide to buy and remodel old houses, but give no thought to the existence of asbestos in these buildings. This is a dangerous material and you should call an asbestos removal company to eliminate it from your home.

Before we go into the dangers of the removal of asbestos, let us define what asbestos is. Asbestos is a combination of different minerals that occur in nature and take on the form of fibers. Generally speaking there are two types of asbestos, chrysotile and amphibole. They differ from each other somewhat. Amphibole has straight fibers that take on the appearance of small needles. Chrysotile is the type of asbestos that is
used, or has been used in commercial applications. The mining of this material started in the late 1800s, but was not widely used in construction until the 1940s and used way up into the late 1980s. It was known for its benefits like:

Heat resistance
Fire resistance
and, Chemical resistance.
Because of these benefits it was used widely in the construction industry. It had many uses. It was used in the roofing, to strengthen cement, in insulation material, as a fireproof material and even for soundproofing. It was also used in ceiling and floor tiles, in adhesives, and different types of paints.

Problems began to arise when people became exposed to asbestos over long periods of time. It was found that the mineral began to cause some serious health problems. It soon became known that exposure to asbestos caused Asbestosis.  This is the accumulation of asbestos in the lungs and a cause of fibrosis Mesothelioma, a type of cancer that affects the membranes around the lungs. As a result of these problems asbestos is not used in the construction industry today, and yet, it was used until the mid 1980's, and so continues to be a problem, because of the need for asbestos removal.

People at risk of illness due to asbestos exposure are:

People that work with asbestos, especially in regards to the construction industry,

People that work in the asbestos removal fields. Especially those who deal with its direct

People that do building renovation. Especially if they come into contact with older constructions that have
asbestos in them,

People in the shipping industry that work in ship renovation,

The people that work in this industry and the people they come into contact with including not only their families, but also their friends are at risk of acquiring different health problems due to being exposed to asbestos.

The people they come into contact with are also affected because particles of asbestos can,t be seen by the naked eye and they can be on the persons' clothes, hair or body. Health problems caused by Asbestos may not show up for many years. In fact, they may not appear until some 40 years later.

Because asbestos is such a dangerous material, it should always be removed from a specialist in asbestos removal. Obviously, they have the safety equipment and tools to do the job safely, without putting anyone at risk of contracting such a terrible disease.

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