Before the 1970s, asbestos was used in a number of different building materials. Asbestos is harmful once you breathe it in, but that does not mean it was banned outright. This naturally occurring mineral is still in a variety of modern building materials. Even though it has harmful effects for those who breathe it in, it is not banned.
Instead, asbestos is heavily regulated. This mineral has many popular attributes, such as resistance to heat and its strength. It takes at least 15 years for asbestos to cause problems within the body. However, it could be longer in some cases.
What materials use asbestos?
Asbestos can be found in drywall compounds, adhesives, and insulation. Due to its popular traits, it often finds its way into residential and commercial buildings. You may also found asbestos in plaster and flooring materials. Some roofing materials will also contain the mineral. A more recent application of asbestos has been in crayons.
Again, the federal government has placed heavy regulations on the resources because of its health effects. Building owners must have an inspection before remodeling or construction. If the substance ever needs removing, then the company removing it must have a license. The license may come from the state or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
When is asbestos harmful?
Most people breathe in asbestos when the materials containing the substance begin to deteriorate. Asbestos is capable of releasing individual fibers into the air. These fibers can enter the body by simply breathing in the air. If the material is disturbed through construction, then it may also cause fibers to enter the air. When someone breaths the asbestos fibers in, they will become lodged in the lungs or digestive system. The fiber will stay within the body’s life. Eventually, the person may develop scarring and inflammation. In turn, diseases may develop, such as cancer.
Asbestos and Indoor Air Quality
Asbestos can have a major impact on indoor air quality. With that said, Houston Admiral wants to help you improve your air quality. We can install the Aerus air scrubber to remove particles from the air. Our team can attach the device to an air duct, and it will perform the job of purifying your indoor air. NASA uses the Aerus air scrubber for the astronauts’ journeys. So, contact our team today by calling (281) 876-9400. You may also find additional information about our commercial and residential services on our website.