Asbestos – most of us have heard about it, but what do you really know about the once-popular building material? If there is one thing you should know it’s that it is a very dangerous substance that despite being banned over 30 years ago, is still present in a lot of buildings. The strength and flexibility of asbestos means that it might well have been chosen for the construction of your home. If you are wondering that your building contains the presence of asbestos containing materials the first step would be to conduct asbestos testing. If any materials are found to contain the presence of asbestos it would be a wise decision to further inquire about asbestos removal. Here at Ace Environmental Services we are the leaders in asbestos removal in Vancouver. If you’re not sure how an asbestos testing and asbestos removal service would benefit you, Here are some facts that might interest you
ASBESTOS HAS BEEN USED FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS!
For more than 5,000 years, asbestos has been used to construct and insulate buildings, as well as to provide fire protection. Now that more people are aware of the dangers and negative health impacts asbestos exposure, its popularity and usage has significantly dropped worldwide. So much so, that it is now illegal to use asbestos containing material for the construction of new buildings. We recommend Asbestos testing should be conducted on all buildings constructed prior to 1990. All work places are required by law to have an Asbestos Inventory in place.
ASBESTOS IS AN UMBRELLA TERM USED TO DESCRIBE MINERALS
“Asbestos” is a blanket term to describe a group of minerals that is naturally found throughout the world. These fibrous mineral types can be found within different types of rock formations, soils or even buried below ground. There are many different types of asbestos minerals found including but not limited to Chrysotile, Amosite, Crocidolite, Anthophyllite, and tremolite. The most commonly used out of the bunch that can be found in a wide variety of construction applications is Chrysotile. All asbestos types are hazardous and should be eliminated from your property following appropriate Asbestos removal and Demolition protocols
ASBESTOS CLAIMS ONE VICTIM EVERY FIVE HOURS
These victims may have just been exposed to asbestos once or twice, or may even have been exposed to it many years ago. It is very difficult to pin point the time of exposure. But what we do know is continuous exposure is the worst because it means the lungs are constantly being exposed to asbestos fibres. Symptoms of asbestosis, mesothelioma and cancer can at times take 10-20 years to appear after exposure. The latent and delayed onset of symptoms can make it hard to detect before it is too late. Common symptoms due to asbestos exposure include coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, weight loss, lack of appetite, shortness of breath, and swelling around the neck or facial areas. See a doctor if you notice a combination of these symptoms. If you reside in a building that was built before asbestos laws were put into place or work within the construction industry we recommend to always conduct asbestos testing before disturbing building materials. It is also wise and recommended to get routine lung / chest x-rays and check-ups by consulting your physician.
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