Asbestos is made up of a set of strong, durable fibers that are resistant to heat, outside toxins, and various chemicals. Before there was a negative connotation associated with asbestos because of its health effects, the material was known for its strong, pliable, and resistant factors. Asbestos fibers are almost impossible to break, making it a very popular building material. After many decades, scientists began to understand the health risks associated with asbestos and in turn, its use was discontinued. One of the industries that was heavily affected by its overuse was the mining industry. After years of exposure, thousands of miners developed debilitating health issues and diseases, included mesothelioma. The use of the material was discontinued in the early 1980s, but it goes without saying that traces of asbestos remain in many older structures. Some of the most common places that asbestos was used include:
If asbestos is not disturbed, it does not pose a health threat. However, if it is tampered with, the toxins are released into the air resulting in an increased risk of contracting asbestos-related health issues. This is where we come in. If a homeowner experiences a fire or water loss, or if they suspect mold in their older home, they must get it tested for asbestos before beginning any work. If asbestos containing materials are determined to be present, our Project Managers will follow the procedures necessary to remove the materials completely through encapsulation, repair, and enclosure.