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How Was Asbestos Used?

Asbestos products can be divided into two broad categories “friable” and “non-friable”.  Friability refers to how easily the asbestos containing material breaks apart and releases fibers.
Friable materials include sprayed fireproofing, sprayed acoustical insulation, sprayed texture coats, thermal pipe and boiler insulation, duct insulation and loose fill attic insulation.
Non-friable materials include cement pipe and siding, vinyl asbestos tiles, vinyl sheet flooring, some ceiling tiles, caulking and roofing materials.

We encourage you to research this issue further, but in our experience, many experts often recommend leaving asbestos products undisturbed. So if your home has asbestos siding, the most common recommendation will be to leave it as-is. The problem arises when it becomes damaged or it needs to be removed. Disturbing the product releases harmful asbestos fibers into the air, so it must be removed
by a qualified professional and disposed of properly. Sometimes it is more cost-effective to cover the siding with a new layer instead of removing it. Again, ANY work involving asbestos material should be completed by a specialist to avoid unnecessary danger.

Why is asbestos a hazard?

Asbestos is made up of microscopic bundles of fibers that may become airborne when disturbed. These airborne fibers can then be inhaled into the lungs, where they may cause significant health problems. Some of these health problems include:

  1. Asbestosis – a lung disease caused by the encapsulation of asbestos fibers when the fibers are inhaled.  The latency period (meaning the time it takes for the disease to become developed after exposure) is often 25-40 years.
  2. Mesothelioma – an extremely rare and always fatal cancer of the lining of the chest cavity (pleura) or the abdominal cavity (peritoneum).  This form of cancer is peculiar because the only known cause is from asbestos exposure.  The latency period for Mesothelioma is often 15-30 years.
  3. Lung Cancer – cancer of the respiratory tract and lung caused by exposure to asbestos.  The risks of developing lung cancer are greatly increased by cigarette smoking.
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