What Is Asbestos!?
•Asbestos is a natural mineral that has been mined and was used for centuries because of its durability, heat and chemical resistance. Long considered a “miracle” mineral, asbestos has been utilized in thousands of products, in everything from insulation and other construction materials.. At the height of its use, asbestos could be found in over 3,000 consumer products.
•Over time, however, researchers realized that when asbestos materials are disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibers can be released into the air and cause dangerous exposure. When people accidentally inhale or ingest the fibers, the mineral can eventually lead to serious health problems.
•Asbestos Removal – Abatement
•By the federal, state, and local level asbestos must be encapsulated (covering of the asbestos materials), abated(removal of asbestos-containing materials), and properly disposed of to a certified landfill
Where Can Asbestos Be Found!?
Asbestos can be found in many homes built before 1980. Asbestos may be found in old joint compound used on seams between pieces of sheetrock, popcorn ceilings, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles & flashing, siding, plumbing insulation, and pipe cement.
*Some newer houses and buildings may also contain asbestos.
*Definition per Asbestos Awareness Center www.maacenter.org