While many homeowners know they never want to hear the word “asbestos,” they may not fully understand why. Whether undergoing a renovation or purchasing a home, asbestos is a game-changer. Asbestos abatement generally adds non-budgeted expenses, but is crucial to the safety of all. Homeowners understand this, knowing the material is dangerous to their health, but there is much more that is not known.
In this article, our team at Atlantic Bay Contracting is providing four facts about asbestos and asbestos abatement that you may not know.
There are multiple types of asbestos
That’s right, asbestos is not a one size fits all tops. In fact, there are six known types of asbestos! Asbestos is created from six different minerals which have similar characteristics. Chrysotile is the most common and often found in various areas of homes. Other types include amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite.
Asbestos is still mined
Though the dangers of asbestos are known around the world, there are still counties which mine it for various projects and uses. Although over 60 countries have full asbestos bans in places, several others continue the production in full force. Worldwide, 2019 produced approximately 1.1 million tons of asbestos. With Russia leading the production scale, other countries include China, Brazil, and Kazakhstan.
It was used in more than just construction
Asbestos is most often associated with its use in construction. With superior heat-resistance and strength, asbestos was heavily used up until the 1970s. However, you can also find asbestos in a variety of everyday products including hair dryers, cigarette filters, and as we most recently learned, talcum powder.
Symptoms of asbestos exposure take years to reveal themselves
One of the many reasons it took so long for businesses and organizations to stop using asbestos was because of the time between exposure and health implications. In many cases, it took nearly 15-20 years to show the effects, which include respiratory problems and cancers, among many others.
At Atlantic Bay Contracting, we provide asbestos abatement services in and around Massachusetts to both residential and commercial customers. If you feel your building may be compromised, please contact us immediately to request more information (617) 782-4986.