In the past, we’ve talked a lot about asbestos and how widespread its use was until (and even after) the health concerns due to exposure were documented. While asbestos had many properties that made it appealing for construction materials – the long hair-like silica fibers having insulating, sound dampening, and material strengthening properties – one of its prime uses was in fire resistant or fire-proofing construction. This blog is going to look at the situation that prompted the use of fireproofing materials and how asbestos came to be chosen. [Read more…] about Asbestos Fireproofing: Where and Why It’s in Our Homes
Asbestos thrives with the old saying, “out of sight, out of mind.” While asbestos-containing material (ACM) can exist in many places and substances in homes and businesses alike, the attic is a common one, especially unfinished ones in older homes. From concerns about air quality and asbestos exposure to risks of renovation, it’s important to understand what the most common attic ACMs are and why they were put there in the first place. [Read more…] about Asbestos in the Attic: Insulation, Roofing Materials, and More
Hindsight is always 20/20. That’s certainly the case with asbestos. Today it’s banned in most first world countries (or in the case of the US, kind of banned). Companies and contractors like ourselves work to safely remove it from homes, businesses, and facilities across the US, following stringent rules and regulations set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by states and counties. But it wasn’t always this way: the legacy of asbestos removal only happened because of the reasons it was sold to construction companies and contractors in the first place. [Read more…] about Asbestos in Construction Materials: Why Was It Used?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. As we’ve mentioned in our blog, Is Asbestos Man-Made or Naturally Occurring? it has been mined since there have been mines. However, it’s only since the 20th century that asbestos has seen widespread use, both in it’s mining and use in manufacturing. This article looks back at the last 100+ years of history to look at how asbestos’s numerous health concerns were discovered and linked to the mineral and why we’ve been so slow to stop using it. [Read more…] about The History of Linking Asbestos and Health Concerns
For all the harm asbestos has caused workers and homeowners, it filled a specific niche in building construction. Whole brands and companies were built around using asbestos in their products to reach goals of insulation, strength, and fire resistance. When asbestos phased out in the 80s from practically all fields of construction, many manufacturers had to turn to (or create) alternatives that would allow their companies and brands to continue to provide materials that met their needs while also being safe. Today we’ll look over the asbestos substitutes in building construction. [Read more…] about What are the Asbestos Substitutes in Building Construction?
Asbestos in all its used forms is rarely found alone, instead often mixed, woven, or baked into other materials. Because of this, the properties of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) vary widely. As it became clear that the inhalation of asbestos had serious health issues including lung damage and cancer, the severity of the ACMs used became vary dependent on how easily those asbestos fibers could become airborne. [Read more…] about The Difference Between Friable Asbestos and Non-Friable Asbestos