Asbestos is a very fibrous silicate mineral found naturally in certain types of rocks. When extracted, asbestos can be easily woven into threads, making it a very versatile material.
When disturbed, asbestos is harmful due to the microscopic asbestos fibers that enter the air. Asbestos fibers are so strong and sharp that when breathed in, they slice into lung tissue. The fibers get caught in the lungs, and asbestos-related slow and painful illnesses can take years to develop.
Where Is Asbestos Found?
Asbestos can be found in a wide variety of different products, including floor tiles, roof shingles, insulation, cement, and gutters. Not limited to use in home construction products, it was used for commercial shopping malls and offices. Asbestos was originally used as a friction material in automobile and airplane parts like clutches, vehicle brake pads and linings, seals, and gaskets.
Before exposure to asbestos was known to be hazardous to human and animal health, asbestos-based products were widely used in many different industries. Beginning in 1918 many different products were designed with asbestos, and each type was used for different reasons; from providing strength to providing elasticity.
Asbestos was widely used as a construction material until the 1970s and was in high demand throughout the world until then. Starting in 1973, the US government started by restricting the use by banning spray-on asbestos-containing material used for insulation and fireproofing purposes. Later, asbestos bans in the construction industry increased and continued in 1975, 1977, and 1978 until asbestos was no longer used in newer products and buildings. However, if you own a home or property built before the 1980s, some building materials used to build your property probably contain asbestos.
Testing for asbestos will determine whether you need to start the remediation process if you do any remodeling or repairs and suspect you have asbestos materials in your home. First Choice Environmental Testing, serving Southern Colorado, will test for asbestos and mold. Please call (719) 240-4930 or (719) 240-4929 to schedule an appointment.