Asbestos: A Quick Rundown

January 24, 2021
Asbestos: What Is Asbestos and How Does It Cause Cancer

You’ve heard of and seen mold, and you’re familiar with the dangers of lead. But asbestos? That’s where most of us get a little lost. But fear not, I’m here to break it down for you so you can have your questions answered once and for all and get this dangerous substance out of your home and work environment.

First off, where is this stuff found? Well, it’s actually insulating a lot of our homes and buildings throughout the world. It was used by construction workers to insulate and fireproof structures. In addition to that, it was used to create various other things such as blankets, wicks, hats, and shoes. All was fine and dandy until the 1960’s, when the lethal effects of asbestos dust were discovered. Since then, asbestos has been banned from use in most countries. Phew.

So, now that we understand what it was used for, let’s understand where this rascal comes from. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring substance that can be mined in various parts of the world. It comes in six different variations based on chemical compositions.

The whole “naturally-occurring” doesn’t make this thing sound so bad. But think again, my friend. This substance can cause major health hazards in humans and animals alike. Asbestos is responsible for many forms of cancer, including Mesothelioma, a cancer almost exclusively caused by asbestos. There’s also a lung disease cause asbestosis. Not sure I’d wanna live in a home lined with something that has its own disease…Unfortunately, this poisonous fiber still lines the roof of so many of our structures. When asbestos begins to age, it turns dusty. These dust particles are the real troublemakers. This is why we at Enviroscope offer asbestos inspections and testing. In order to do this, we test the air quality in the insulated areas of homes and buildings. We have lab results delivered back to you that are quick and easy to read.

And if that test comes out with levels too high for safe-living? Enviroscope is there to help. We strongly believe in the value of fresh and healthy air to breathe, which is why we offer asbestos removal services that are thorough and intensive. We will clean your home or building of this dangerous substance once and for all, making sure asbestos becomes a thing of the past.

I hope you enjoyed this asbestos walk-through and even learned a little something. It is our mission at Enviroscope to make sure that our customers are only breathing in clean, toxin-free air. Now everybody breathe in 1…2…3.. Feel that? That’s a breath of fresh air.

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