The Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos is an inexpensive material that functions efficiently as a fire-retardant and thermal insulator, so it was utilised extensively in home and commercial construction between the 1940s and 1980s. However, scientists have since discovered that long term exposure to asbestos fibres can lead to lung disease.
This is a major problem since it’s common to find asbestos in everything from vinyl floor tiles, window caulking, and roofing material to HVAC duct insulation, thermal insulation, and blown-in attic insulation. The danger arises when the item containing asbestos is disturbed, because even the smallest disruption causes tiny abrasive asbestos fibres to be released into the air and inhaled. While materials in good condition don’t pose a huge threat, items containing asbestos that have been damaged over time will release a steady stream of deadly asbestos fibres.
Safely disposing of asbestos is a critical element of residential and commercial demolition in order to guarantee that no person’s health is put at risk during or after the project.