Have you ever wondered what Asbestos actually is? Sure we all know it’s a highly toxic building material that is sometimes found in old buildings – much to the panic of said building’s occupants – but what actually is it? And why oh why are we still finding asbestos behind the walls of buildings up and down the country?
Well, let’s get the technical bit over with first. Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals, e.g. rock-forming minerals.
Asbestos – in one form or another – has been mined for well over 4,000 years. Ancient tribes in East Finland used the mineral to strengthen pots and cooking utensils.
However, large-scale industrial mining of asbestos – for use in the building trade – only began in earnest during the 19th century.
Asbestos as a building material was used in an incalculable amount of buildings. Thanks to its low cost and various positive properties including sound absorption, heat resistance, and its use as an effective insulator, asbestos was once hailed as the “Miracle Mineral” by intrepid and woefully misguided 19th-century industrialists.
Knowledge about the fatal health risks related to breathing in asbestos fibres became more commandingly known during the 1920s and 30s, leading to its use being restricted and eventually outright banned in many countries by the 1990s.
Still, enough buildings were built using asbestos to mean that many properties are still contaminated with the mineral. Worse still people may be working and living in these buildings completely ignorant of the asbestos in the attic or behind the walls.
In cases were asbestos is discovered, it is imperative that an expert asbestos removal company like Asbestaway be contacted immediately.
Asbestaway are a professional asbestos removal company that specialises in the safe removal and responsible disposal of asbestos-contaminated building materials.
Their asbestos services include asbestos removal, asbestos surveys, and asbestos cleaning.
In cases where asbestos can’t be fully removed from the building without causing significant damage, they provide an asbestos sealing service that seals dangerous asbestos-contaminated building materials; preventing the cancer-causing fibres of asbestos becoming airborne. They provide specialist asbestos roofing services, which completely removes asbestos and asbestos-contaminated materials from both commercial and domestic roofs.
The Dangers of Asbestos
You don’t need to know anything about the long history of asbestos, to know that it is extremely dangerous. If you find or suspect the presence of asbestos within a property, don’t wait, call the experts at Asbestaway today.
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