If you’ve read our blogs on asbestos before, you’ve probably seen us refer to it by its moniker: the miracle mineral. While this phrase was mostly good marketing for a bad product, asbestos did have some amazing qualities. In our blog, Is Asbestos Man-Made or Naturally Occurring?, we went over the particular nature of asbestos, namely its long silica fibers. In the heyday of asbestos, these fibers were spun just like cotton to produce asbestos thread or used to strengthen cotton or other textiles. This legacy has produced hazardous building materials, textiles, and clothing that need to be identified and disposed of. [Read more…] about Identifying Asbestos Textiles and Asbestos Fabrics
Today we associate asbestos with hazardous materials, cancer, and other negative things, but this wasn’t always the case. Anyone who owns a building built or remodeled before the 1980s or 1990s can easily find themselves with asbestos in many places throughout their home or business. Today we’re going to look at how this came to be and what was the tipping point for asbestos to turn from a wonder material into a hazardous construction material. [Read more…] about Why Was Asbestos Used in Buildings?