Today, the use of asbestos in manufacturing building materials and other products has diminished exceedingly. In fact, companies that still use asbestos are required by law to label products which contain asbestos.
This was not the case, however, until the late 20th century. As a matter of fact, before 1970, the use of asbestos in construction materials was quite popular, and most insulation materials and types of building products contained asbestos.
Perhaps you’re new to the term, or have heard it severally, but have no idea what asbestos is. To the shock of many, asbestos is a natural material. It is actually a combination of 6 fibrous natural minerals. They are mainly made out of silicon and oxygen and include anthophyllite, actinolite, tremolite, crocidolite, chrysotile, and amosite. Together, they form a bundle of long thing fibres that could easily be pulled apart called asbestos.
So how did the use of Asbestos become so popular in the UK, and more so in Ashburton?
Mining of asbestos had been going on for centuries, though its use in the manufacturing industry did not peak till the 1800s. In the construction industry, they used it to strengthen cement and plastics since it was quite sturdy. It was also used in wall and ceiling construction for insulation, being a poor heat conductor as well as for sound absorption. It was also used in the fabrication of plumbing products like hot water pipes, steam pipes and boilers, thanks to its insulation properties.
Above all, many were attracted to asbestos due to its fireproofing qualities, making it a convenient construction material to safeguard homes against fire outbreaks. The top quality that facilitated the wide use of asbestos was its availability. Till date, asbestos is a readily available natural material, which makes it cheap.
As early as 1897, however, an Austrian doctor diagnosed a patient who seemed to be ailing from a pulmonary infection attributed to asbestos inhalation. One year later, a report in England sensitized the effects of asbestos on the respiratory system. It was recorded that asbestos caused widespread damage in the lungs especially to those who lived around the asbestos mills. As time went on, people continued to realize the effects asbestos has on human health, some of which took years to show.
One of these was a very fatal type of cancer called mesothelioma. It is a malignant tumour that is caused by inhaled asbestos fibres and forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Patients suffering from this type of cancer when lucky, only live for 5 years after diagnosis. The rest will pass within a year of diagnosis.
As previously stated, asbestos is Carcinogenic. As microscopic fibres are inhaled into the body, they lodge themselves in body cells and tissues. Since the body is incapable of breaking them down, the direct result of this is accumulation which causes chronic inflammation, and finally, cancer. As it is, more than 5000 deaths in the UK are caused by asbestos poisoning. This is especially worse for commercial buildings and homes with Friable Asbestos.
The good news is you can reduce your chances of contracting asbestos poisoning by hiring an experienced asbestos removal company. We will detect any asbestos present on steam pipes, gaskets, patching, roofing, floor tiles and many other construction materials. Following this, we will eliminate and discard all asbestos carefully using special equipment to eliminate any chances of releasing the fibres into the air. Choose Trusted Asbestos Removal!
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If your building was originally built before 2000, you need an asbestos survey. That’s the only way to know for sure if a suspicious building product or material contains asbestos. Safeguard your family today by contacting your reliable asbestos removal in Ashburton!