Breath In. Breath Out.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in construction materials during the 20th century. It was favored for its fire-resistant properties and durability, and was commonly used in products such as insulation, roofing, flooring, and cement.
However, it was later discovered that asbestos fibers can become airborne when disturbed, and when inhaled, can cause serious health problems such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
Despite the ban, asbestos can still be found in many older buildings, particularly those built before the 1980s. If you are planning to renovate an older home or building or if you suspect your home may contain asbestos materials, it is very important to have it inspected for asbestos for your health and before you begin work. If asbestos is found, it should be removed by a licensed professional to minimize the risk of exposure. The removal may include encapsulation, removal, or simply leaving the material alone if it is in good condition and not likely to be disturbed. In some cases, homeowner's insurance policies may cover the cost of asbestos removal or treatment.
It's worth noting that homeowner's insurance policies typically do not cover the cost of asbestos removal or treatment, so it's important to budget accordingly if you are planning on purchasing or renovating an older home that may contain asbestos.
The presence of asbestos in a home does not necessarily mean that it is unsafe or that you should avoid purchasing it. With proper management and maintenance, asbestos-containing materials can be left in place without posing a significant health risk. However, if you are planning on renovating or making changes to your home, it's important to take proper precautions to avoid disturbing any asbestos-containing materials.
A bit of history
Asbestos has been used for thousands of years, but it wasn't until the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s that its use became widespread. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is strong, durable, and resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals, which made it ideal for use in a variety of industrial and commercial applications.
Throughout the 20th century, asbestos was used in everything from insulation and flooring to brake pads and roofing materials. It was widely used in the construction industry, particularly in the United States, where it was used in countless homes, schools, and public buildings.
It wasn't until the 1970s that the health risks associated with asbestos became widely known. Asbestos fibers, when inhaled, can cause serious respiratory problems, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. As a result, the use of asbestos in new products was banned in many countries, including the United States.