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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber mined from the earth. It is heat and chemical resistant and is easily formed into just about any shape or product. It was used in more than 3,000 different construction materials and manufactured products, including many found in homes.
Typically – in residential settings these materials can be found in: Cement, Roof shingles, Ceiling Tiles, Sprayed On Ceilings, Granular Insulation (Vermiculite), Siding, Floor Tiles, Plumbing Pipes, and Heating System and many other sealant/insulation applications.
Asbestos can be identified in both a friable or non-friable state. Friable asbestos can be easily crumbled or reduced to a powder and can become airborne. This type of asbestos poses the greatest danger to the environment and exposure health. Non-friable asbestos is more tightly bound with another material and its fibers cannot easily be made airborne unless they are sanded, cut, or sawed.
When disturbed, asbestos breaks down into microscopic small fibers up to 1,200 times thinner than a human hair. These tiny fibers easily become airborne and when inhaled, they can travel deep into the lungs and become trapped there. Once present, these fibers can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and severe/chronic asbestosis. There is no known safe level of asbestos exposure, and medical research indicates these fibers can cause severe lung diseases and cancer in 10 to 30 years after the initial asbestos exposure.
It is vitally important to know if there is asbestos-containing materials in your home – and if so – risk exposure – so you can protect your health as well as your family’s.
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