With it is left intact as well as undisturbed, materials that contain asbestos do not actually pose any health risk to the people living or working in the buildings that contain them. This goes for asbestos tiles, asbestos ceilings, asbestos walls and other asbestos containing materials. Asbestos containing materials are not considered to be harmful unless they are in some way releasing dust or other fibers into the air, because it is the airborne ingestion of these fibers that makes them so harmful. Many of the asbestos fibers are capable of becoming trapped in the nose and throat in their mucous membranes, where they are capable of being removed.
Unfortunately, the asbestos fibers are also capable of passing much deeper into the body, invading the lungs as well as the digestive tract, which can cause irreparable damage to the body, preventing breathing or causing the onset of numerous diseases including malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
When it is friable, asbestos is capable of being hazardous. The term friable refers to the concept that the asbestos fibers are capable of being easily crumbled by hand, releasing tiny fibers into the air that would be capable of being ingested. Sprayed on versions of asbestos insulation tend to be highly friable, where as asbestos tiles in the floor are not typically considered to be friable in nature.
Asbestos tiles in the ceiling, floor files, cabinet tops, fire doors, shingles and siding shingles are non friable forms of asbestos containing materials. What this means is that the asbestos will not simply crumble and cause health problems. The asbestos in these materials is not going to become a risk or a hazard unless the fibers happen to become disturbed or damaged in some way. You also have asbestos pipe insulation and asbestos boiler insulation, which do not pose hazards unless the protecting coatings and coverings are damaged or cut, allowing the asbestos to become exposed to the air.
In older homes where asbestos is present, asbestos tile removal might be a wise idea. Even if the asbestos has not yet been damaged or messed with to the point where the asbestos fibers are being released into the air, it might be wise to seek asbestos tile removal assistance so that the problem or hazard can be nipped in the bud beforehand. It is definitely going to be safer to remove the asbestos tiles now than to deal with them later when the asbestos fibers are being released into the air, causing a serious potential health hazard in the process. If you want to maintain your health and the health of your entire family, you need to seek assistance from a asbestos tile removal company sooner rather than later. Seeking professional help for your asbestos problem is the safest and most effective way to eliminate it from your life.
For asbestos tile removal, Alliance is your best ally as a qualified, licensed, asbestos abatement contractor.
- Proper containment and removal
- Thorough site decontamination
- Lawful disposal
- If asbestos needs to be tested, we will refer you to a list of certified labs