Why Are You Worried About Asbestos?
Updated: Feb 21, 2022
We get asked this question a lot. Along with "Why do we need to test for Asbestos before starting work" or "I thought/ was told my house didn't contain any Asbestos". Variations of this sentence we hear weekly, its THAT common. If you are planning on working with us, or considering giving us a call and have a home built in the 90's or earlier this will be a glimpse into WHY it is we take the precautions we do.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of 6 naturally occurring silicate minerals composed of millions of fibers that make it almost indestructible. Because of its strength and heat resistance, Asbestos was used for numerous building materials such as Insulation, floor tiles, adhesive, joint compound and more.
Is Asbestos Harmful?
Asbestos is a class 1 carcinogen and causes approximately 255,00 deaths annually worldwide. A class 1 carcinogen means that it is known to cause cancer in humans.
Why Does Asbestos Need to be Abated Correctly?
If any material is broken or damaged, fibers can become airborne. When the fibers are inhaled, they can become lodged in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. The body has no way to get rid of these fibers and over time can cause those that inhaled them to get very sick. Almost everyone I knows has heard or seen the commercials stating "If you or anyone you know has Mesothelioma you may be entitled to compensation! Call the number on your screen now!"
This is why Asbestos is such a big deal. It needs to be removed in a sealed environment and disposed of properly to reduce the contamination. This should never be a "Do It Yourself" project. It is to protect you, your family, your contractor and their family, trash collectors, landfill workers and more. One simple test that can range from $100-$500 (depending on the job scope) can provide life saving information.
How much is piece of mind worth to you?