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Three Asbestos Facts You Need To Know

When you hear the word “asbestos”, what do you think? Do images of mold, possible sickness, and a long and expensive clean up come to mind? Not to worry, understanding asbestos is key to keeping your home or business safe from dangerous exposure. Here are three facts about asbestos:

ASBESTOS IS ALL AROUND US

You heard that right, there are trace amounts of asbestos found in air, water, and soil. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, small amounts of exposure to asbestos are not a big concern, in fact there is not a person on Earth that has not experienced some level of exposure! There are even some items that we use or see everyday that contain asbestos like automobile brake pads, roofing shingles, and floor tiles. While minimal exposure is common, it is those who encounter asbestos in their workplace that are the most at risk for toxic exposure. 

ASBESTOS IS ALMOST INDESTRUCTIBLE

Asbestos is not a single element, but rather six naturally occurring bundles of fibers that can be separated into strands that are extremely thin, yet durable. . Chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite are all considered asbestos. While these elements are extremely small, they are almost indestructible when combined. Not only is their strength immense – they are fireproof, making them ideal for the building, automobile, and shipping industries.

ASBESTOS HAS BEEN AROUND FOR CENTURIES

The health hazards that surround exposure to asbestos have been known since ancient times. There are records in the United States that date back to 1924 citing asbestos related deaths. While humans have been battling with health risks associated with asbestos – there is still much to be learned about the risks of asbestos exposure. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the number of deaths attributed to asbestos exposure could rise past 200,000 by the year 2030. 

Now that you know a little more about this dangerous mineral – let’s talk about how to remove it from your home or business. The process of asbestos removal and mitigating the effects of asbestos is called “Asbestos Abatement”. If you find asbestos in your commercial or residential property call an Asbestos Abatement Company –  attempting to remove or clean up asbestos yourself is not advised. During the asbestos removal, a professional will properly test for toxic material, adhere to strict guidelines, and come with the right equipment to get the job done. 

Luckily, the experts at Old Dominion Abatement and Demolition (ODAD) are familiar and well equipped to deal with any issue caused by asbestos Specializing in mold remediation, selective demolition, and ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment),ODAD is part of The Old Dominion group and they are ready to tackle the toughest commercial and residential asbestos abatements.