Learn About Asbestos & Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of soft and flexible fibers that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion. These qualities make the mineral useful, but they also make asbestos exposure highly toxic.

Asbestos is an effective insulator, and it can be used in cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them stronger. But when asbestos dust is inhaled or ingested, mineral fibers can become permanently trapped in the body.

Facts About Asbestos

*When inhaled over long periods of time, asbestos fibers become trapped in the body and cause diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

*Hiring an asbestos abatement company to remove asbestos from residential and commercial buildings is the safest decision to keep yourself and others safe.

*Asbestos exposure is the No. 1 cause of work-related deaths in the world.

Asbestos Exposure Risks

No amount of asbestos exposure is safe, but asbestos generally has the worst effects when a person is exposed to an intense concentration of it, or they are exposed on a regular basis over a long period of time. Asbestos accumulates in the body with every exposure, and there is no known way to reverse the damage it causes.

Potential Signs of Asbestos Floor in Your Tile

Your home was built pre-1980
If floor tiles were installed between 1920 up to the 1980's , there’s a good chance they contain asbestos because most flooring tiles manufactured during this period did

The flooring tiles are 9-inch, 12-inch, or 18-inch squares.
The most popular size was 9-inch by 9-inch, but the two larger sizes were also installed in many homes.

The tiles may appear stained or oily -
 Phalt—which was a main ingredient in asbestos tiles—can degrade and cause the tiles to look grimy or discolored in spots.

Some of the flooring tiles have come off and you see thick black adhesive underneath

Black mastic, was commonly used to glue flooring tiles down. This type of adhesive was asphalt-based and most likely contains asbestos, whether or not the tiles themselves contain asbestos.

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