By Bruce Bowen
Since the late 20th century, the United States government and people alike have become well aware of the effects of asbestos. Formerly used widely in building materials as additional insulation, asbestos is now recognized as an exceedingly toxic substance when exposed to humans for prolonged periods of time. Asbestos has been identified as the cause of numerous long-term diseases and health effects, due to its extremely minuscule fiber sizes and ability to disrupt cell mitosis. Complicating the matter is asbestos’ incredibly small nature, with the largest of its fibers being the same size as the smallest human hairs and far thinner than those on your head.
Due to asbestos’ microscopic form in building materials, testing for it can be a difficult, costly, and highly specialized procedure. Most buildings from before the latter decades of the 20th century used asbestos, especially in concrete and foundations. Testing for asbestos is critical to finding out if these buildings pose a health hazard, and to avoid potential lawsuits before demolitions or construction can begin on the structure. If you require testing for any property, take care to go through certified biohazard cleanup and restoration professionals to guarantee that all goes smoothly and in accordance with common laws.
Asbestos causes damage to the human body in the long-term due to its diminutive size and unique cleavage patterns. The material breaks apart into long, very thin strands which can become very sharp despite their size. These, over time, can scar the interior of the lungs and throat, leading to an array of negative medical effects. In addition, asbestos is often small enough to be comparable in size to the chromosomes of your body’s cells, interfering with their reproduction. This can lead to incurable long-term diseases, and due to its prevalence, asbestos is a leading cause of many diseases. Proper asbestos testing and cleanup is the only way to avoid further health issues, so if your building needs it, it is best not to delay.