The Invisible Dangers Of Asbestos Fibers
Asbestos at one time was almost a miracle element, everyone loved it. It was in everything from oven mitts to clothing. Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor, even had a tablecloth made of asbestos fibers. Of course, that was before the invisible dangers of asbestos fibers were exposed.
Many individuals wonder when exactly the governments and the manufacturers discovered its deadly killing power. As it turns out many people knew of its dangers long, long ago. In fact, both the Greek geographer Strabo and the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder made note of the fact that the lungs of their slaves who wove the deadly material into cloth were damaged in the process.
It is a deadly element, but it’s not the asbestos that you can see that is the deadliest, it is the invisible asbestos fibers floating in the air that are most deadly. These are the fibers that get trapped in the lungs of victims unaware they are even in danger. Asbestos is still a part of our environment and we must be ever aware of its dangers.
Asbestos Insulation In Older Buildings
Many homes and buildings in America still have asbestos insulation and other forms of asbestos built into them. Individuals must be extremely careful when handling material that could contain asbestos. When you are remodeling your home or business the chance that you could come into contact with asbestos is greatly increased.
Many of the older “cottage cheese” ceilings in homes were made with asbestos added to the plaster material.Roof tiles have been made from asbestos for years. Older water piping systems used asbestos insulation, and this material when touched is very dangerous. Older ductwork systems also used asbestos insulation as an energy efficiency material these are also very dangerous applications of asbestos insulation.
Asbestos Removal Specialist
If you are remodeling and you run across material that you believe could contain asbestos and it is in the form of a solid object, it will be much easier to handle. If the material is damaged and you can see asbestos fibers, then you should not touch it and immediately call a specialist in asbestos removal.
These specialists are trained in asbestos removal and certified by the state in the correct handling of asbestos and they can identify for you whether the material contains asbestos fibers or not.
Asbestos when handled haphazardly can be as dangerous as a loaded gun. Asbestos fibers that are released into the environment endanger everyone. When considering asbestos removal, especially asbestos insulation, make sure you add a professional asbestos removal service to your budget.
The physical damage from inhaled asbestos fibers may not show up for 20 to 50 years, but when it does show up, it’s devastating. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos please contact a personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen, we can help you.