Human beings have known about asbestos for centuries but this mineral really became a popular material during the more recent industrial growth of the past few hundred years. Asbestos has been widely used in building materials and for insulating purposes because of its fire retardant properties. Unfortunately, it is well known around the world as being a cancer-causing material, the cause of mesothelioma.
The mineral was mined extensively in the late 1600s and early 1700s to the point that it was even used in some bank notes (Italy). Jackets and helmets for firemen also used asbestos. In the 1890s, doctors began to see pulmonary difficulties that were soon connected to asbestos as the source. However, the material continued to be used in building and insulating materials for most of the 20th century.
As buildings and other structures aged, it became necessary to use demolition to clear space for new construction. Asbestos presented a unique problem due to its negative health effects. As people gained experience with the material, an industry grew on a foundation of asbestos removal. Now, trained and qualified individuals must be contracted to remove these materials.
In fact, many governments around the world have established a licensing procedure that must be followed by any company advertising and conducting the service. If you know you have asbestos material in an older structure and want to remove it, you should contact a company specialising in this field. They will be available for a complete inspection so that you will know the materials in your structure.
If it becomes necessary to fully decontaminate the property, you should hire these same qualified individuals. One of the key benefits clients receive from these professionals is difficult to put a price on. When they complete an inspection, you will know exactly where you stand. Peace of mind often comes from knowing. If you would like, they can also give you a quote for safely removing the asbestos.
This mineral can be both friable and nonfriable (indurate). A friable material is generally solid but will break into small pieces when contacted. This is especially true of asbestos, which breaks down into tiny particles when rubbed. More than one building owner has had to hire Proas an asbestos removalist company due to the dangers of this dust.
Experts in the industry are quite capable of safely removing asbestos-containing material from ceilings, walls, and fixtures, whether it’s friable or not. Many homes and businesses built before the 1980s have friable asbestos insulation in walls and around pipes. This is one of the most dangerous forms of asbestos so you should not attempt to remove this material on your own.
Visit the website to learn more about asbestos and about the removal services offered. Gather as much information as you can and then get in touch with a representative to discuss your specific situation.