Back to Basics: What is Asbestos?
Category: News , News and Updates • December 22, 2022

Perhaps you need a little refresher on the dangers of asbestos, or perhaps you’re a new homeowner looking for an easy introduction to the matter.

In either case, we want to ensure you’re properly empowered with accurate information — and that’s why we’re here today to break down the basics of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials.

To find out more about some common asbestos-related questions and their answers, simply read on:

What is Asbestos?

“Asbestos is a group of six naturally occurring minerals made up of heat-resistant fibers,” according to the Mesothelioma Center. “It was used in thousands of U.S. consumer products before the dangers of asbestos were known.”

Largely used for construction and insulation, asbestos is considered as useful as it is dangerous.

“Asbestos fibers have been widely used in industrial and commercial applications because of its strength, flexibility and electrical and heat resistant properties,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains.

Thus, this material is often found in the following:

  • Roofing shingles
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Wall/attic insulation
  • Popcorn ceilings
  • Textured paint
  • And more

How is Asbestos Hazardous?

Based on the aforementioned, it’s easy to see how asbestos may be found all throughout your property, be it commercial or residential.

But how does it get exposed? And at what point does it become a hazard? Simple: These fine fibers become a hazard when they are exposed and become airborne. This often occurs when there is remodeling, renovation, or even the demolition of a property.

Once asbestos is airborne, individuals are at risk of breathing it in. And once in the lungs, asbestos can wreak havoc on the body.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that asbestos primarily causes “lung cancer, mesothelioma … [and] asbestosis, a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs.”

Who Do I Call About Asbestos?

As warned by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is important to remember that “there is no ‘safe’ level of asbestos exposure for any type of asbestos fiber.”

And that’s why — whether you’re a concerned homeowner or a contractor looking to work according to industry standards — Luce Air Quality is ready to perform a state-of-the-art asbestos assessment for you!

Our team of certified and licensed indoor environmental experts can help you determine both the location(s) and quantity of asbestos with ease and precision. Between our detailed reports and reliable recommendations, we’ll provide you with the guidance you need.

To learn more, reach out to our team today by calling (904) 803-1014!

Book Now