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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in a multitude of different products. Asbestos was commonly referred to as the ‘miracle mineral’ because of its wide range of uses due to the substance’s resistance to heat, chemicals and electricity. The mineral can be found in thousands of pre-1980 homes and buildings, as asbestos was a major ingredient in insulation products. The fibrous nature of asbestos made it a strengthening staple in other American products such as cement, plastic, paper, and cloth.
Around the same time asbestos usage was peaking, researchers began to link certain diseases to asbestos exposure. One does not need to be exposed to a significant amount of asbestos to experience the consequences of ingesting the mineral. Since asbestos was primarily used in construction materials, one of the most common ways people come in contact with the substance is by breathing it in while inside older homes or buildings. Researchers found that if any amount of asbestos was compromised or damaged, the microfibers could become airborne and/or attach to someone’s clothes or hair causing second-hand exposure. Once the microscopic fibers are inhaled or ingested, they work their way to the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen. Over the course of years these fibers can cause scarring and inflammation, which can later cause mesothelioma tumors or other serious illness.
Other than Mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart, asbestos exposure can result in the following health issues:
- Lung Cancer
- Pleural effusion
- Pleural plaques
- Pleural thickening
- Ovarian cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal cancer and several other types of cancers
Asbestos can be found in many American made products ranging from roof shingles to certain types of paint. Colorado Hazardous Environmental (CHE) has a full list of the most common places to find asbestos. Once knowing where to look for asbestos the last thing to do is identify and remove it. Thankfully, there are many asbestos removal companies in Colorado Springs like CHE that can safely remove this dangerous substance for you, leaving your home or company safer and healthier.
There are six different types of asbestos that can be placed in one of two categories: Serpentine asbestos or Amphibole asbestos. In 1986 the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) was passed and banned the following types of asbestos:
- Chrysotile (white asbestos)
- Crocidolite (blue asbestos)
- Amosite (brown asbestos)
Even though asbestos is a known and recognized hazardous material, it is still legal to include the mineral in American products as long as the total amount does not exceed one percent.
The main danger of asbestos lies in its elusive and hidden characteristics. Asbestos is extremely difficult to identify and eradicate on your own because it cannot be smelled, tasted or seen. Even worse, the biological effects of asbestos consumption generally do not develop until 20 to 50 years after the fact. Once asbestos enters the body it is trapped which can cause irreversible cellular damage over years of concentrated exposure.
Because of how difficult it is to detect the presence of asbestos without the help of a professional, it is imperative to have your home or business inspected. If you are looking for an inspection or asbestos removal in Colorado Springs get in touch with the CHE today.
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