Insulation has come a long way; as have fireproof and fire resistant materials. Asbestos and other harmful items aren’t even made into insulation products. However, before it was known what dangers asbestos presented, it was used almost everywhere. This means that asbestos is still common and present in many locations.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a blanket term that refers to six different, naturally occurring, materials that have the ability to be resistant to fire and electricity. So, this makes them perfect for applications in which fire retardation is necessary. Asbestos are naturally occurring mineral fibers. So they are abundant and can be molded and woven into a number of different materials and items. This helps to make them more fire resistant.

Why is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos is dangerous for one reason, its ability to cause mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer that develops in the mesothelium, which protects the internal organs. When you breathe in the microscopic fibers it can cause a cancer that is almost always deadly. Asbestos has also been linked to lung cancer and a disorder called asbestosis. Asbestosis is degenerative and attacks the respiratory system. Asbestosis is a rare disorder in which scar tissue forms on the lungs and the surface of the lining of the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe. This may be a precursor to mesothelioma and can be very difficult to live with on its own. Thus, consumers need to be aware of where asbestos is prevalent and how to avoid it

Asbestos Products

It’s almost everywhere and not many people are aware. Knowing what to look for is one way to make sure you avoid the issue. Items like cigarette filters, vinyl tiles, ceiling tiles, talcum powder, plastics, fume, some glues, and even insulation all contain asbestos. Asbestos tiles, made primarily of the substance, also exist.

How to Deal With Asbestos

It is always important to contact a professional if you have asbestos in your home. These professionals will come and remove the asbestos. They will also work to filter and clean the air. Remember to not remove this on your own! It is always best to contact a professional company that has both the experience and the proper tools to remove the asbestos. Contacting a professional ensures the safety of you and your family.