Asbestos testing should always be done by an expert! The technicians here at Envirowatch are the experts you can trust for your home or business.
Asbestos is a fibrous material that is widely used in the construction of houses, commercial centers, public buildings, ships, and motor vehicles. This substance exhibits remarkable resistance to high temperatures, fire, and steam-making it an ideal ingredient in the manufacturing of insulation materials.
This mineral has been used in major industries since the Industrial Revolution, but it was only in the 1960's that the public has been made aware of the possible health hazards of asbestos. Asbestos easily breaks into fibers and particles that are as small as dust, which can be inhaled and ingested. However, despite our bodies' ability to inhale asbestos particles, the lungs cannot expel them on their own. These fibers and particles accumulate in the lungs-and they are sharp enough to puncture and penetrate the lung tissues and will cause scarring.
There are a good number of illnesses and diseases attributed to exposure to materials-and a lot of people who suffer from these afflictions worked in asbestos mines or factories, or lived in areas where the asbestos industry once thrived. People who were exposed to asbestos for extended periods of time suffered from several types of cancer, asbestos poisoning, and mesothelioma. The diseases associated with asbestos exposure will not manifest right after the first encounter with the material-they often have a long latency period that will last for several years, even decades. But once they are diagnosed, death is almost a certain fact, because these diseases target the pulmonary functions of the body.
This is why the removal of asbestos materials is very important, especially if you live in a house or building built before the 1960's, and most especially if you are raising small children. The latency period of asbestos-related diseases can last up to thirty years-and if your children are constantly exposed to asbestos materials, they will suffer from the effects in the prime of their lives.
Generally, there are four classes of asbestos removal. The first class (Class I) is the most dangerous of asbestos abatements. Class I removal includes the disposal of thermal system insulation and asbestos materials, usually by using a special spray or a trowel. The second kind, called Class II, removes all asbestos materials that are not used for thermal system insulation. Materials that qualify for Class II removal include wallboards, roof tiles and sheets, floor tiles and sheets, and mastics used in construction.
The third kind of asbestos removal, or Class III, usually refers to the maintenance or repair of thermal system insulation and surfacing with asbestos materials. This class, however, is usually carried out when the asbestos in the materials may be disturbed-therefore causing asbestos exposure within the immediate area.
Class IV asbestos removal is maintenance and repair of asbestos materials without actually disrupting them. This class also includes the clean up of asbestos debris that resulted from Class I to III removal jobs.
Under no circumstance should you perform any of these asbestos removal types. Always contact a licensed professional to carry out asbestos removal jobs for you.
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