Asbestos. Just the word makes most people cringe. We’ve all heard or seen advertisements warning of the possible health effects due to asbestos exposure (asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer). So, you may have figured that it’s been completely banned for decades by now. You would be wrong.
Because of how dangerous it is to human health, more than 50 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and all 28 countries of the European Union, have banned the use of asbestos. But because it’s been only partially banned in the U.S. since the 1970’s, asbestos is still around today and is still just as deadly.
Asbestos occurs naturally in about two-thirds of earth’s rocks. It’s history of use goes back thousands of years. In fact, some embalmed bodies of Egyptian pharaohs were wrapped in asbestos cloth to protect the bodies from deterioration. In Finland, clay pots dating back to 2500 B.C. contained asbestos fibers, which are believed to strengthen the pots and make them resistant to fire. Around 755, King Charlemagne of France had a tablecloth made of asbestos to prevent it from burning during the accidental fires that frequently occurred during feasts and celebrations.
With the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 1800’s, asbestos manufacturing became a flourishing industry. That’s when the practical and commercial uses of asbestos, with its myriad applications, became widespread. Since then, millions of metric tons of asbestos have been imported and installed throughout the United States.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, in 2018 alone more than 750 metric tons of asbestos was imported and sold despite the knowledge and its classification as a human carcinogen as well as its toxicological profile. Today, asbestos containing materials or products can be found in most structures that have been built throughout the U.S. despite their year of construction.
Although it less commonly found or reported today, asbestos containing items like these have been used in building construction for many, many years:
But besides building materials, asbestos has also been found in thousands of other consumer goods and products too. For instance, it’s been discovered in some varieties of crayons, makeup/cosmetics/personal hygiene products, clothing, car components, gardening supplies, etc.
So, you’re likely to find asbestos in most structures that have been built in the U.S. Most of these products pose no danger as long as they stay intact, undisturbed and in good condition. But cutting, sanding or creating dust during even the smallest renovations, repairs or restoration projects could lead to damaging and long-lasting health effects as well as substantial contamination and exposure risks if asbestos fibers are disturbed and/or released into the air.
If your Colorado home or business has been damaged or is about to undergo renovations, then it should first be tested for asbestos by certified professionals. With the proper equipment and procedures at hand, Cyclone Kleen Up will ensure your property is free from the harmful effects of asbestos.
Before any materials are removed, our expertly trained technicians will first test your building to determine if and where asbestos is located and which rooms are being affected the most. Once that’s completed, we’ll seal off the contaminated area to eliminate the dispersal of any asbestos particles and then start removal process. We will safely dispose of asbestos riddled items and contaminated areas of the structure, then make a final inspection before leaving the premises.