Is Asbestos Still a Danger in Your Home or Business

For many people, asbestos seems like a distant threat – something that was solved decades ago and is no longer a problem, or a construction issue that only plagues public buildings like old schools. Unfortunately, this is a dangerous generalization because asbestos can still be present in a number of materials, both residential and commercial alike.

Asbestos Facts

Let’s clear up a few of the common misconceptions about asbestos. It refers to mineral fibers used in construction in the United States for several decades due to its strength and natural fireproof properties. However, studies eventually showed that it was a toxic material that released particles, which could cause mesothelioma cancer.

There is no one type of hazardous asbestos. And while asbestos has been replaced in many areas – notably public buildings – it may still be present in older homes or apartments.

Six different types of asbestos are used in the United States: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite. All of these are dangerous (chrysotile is by far the most common across the world).

The greatest danger from asbestos is usually to professionals and technicians who work close to insulation materials. This includes plumbers, electricians, and others. Asbestos also poses dangers to the families and homeowners who live in affected buildings. According to the World Health Organization, around 43,000 people still die from asbestos-related illnesses each year.

Asbestos Dangers and Removals

There are two basic solutions for asbestos problems. First, asbestos removal can be utilized to remove completely and replace the materials to eliminate the threat. This is possible when it is clear what materials use asbestos, and when they are easy to access and replace with new versions.

Removing and replacing asbestos materials in difficult areas is known as asbestos abatement: Not all the fibers may be removed, but by replacing or blocking materials, the danger of exposure is minimized.

This is a hazardous procedure and should be performed by trained professionals.

If your home or building in Southern California was built before 1980, there is a chance that asbestos materials were used. To find out more about your home and asbestos abatement projects, contact Tri Span Environmental and ask about your house today.