Taking It Seriously - Asbestos Testing Colorado Springs
Once the darling of building materials, asbestos went into many products that were used extensively during the last century in building construction of homes, plants, schools, and business buildings across the entire Colorado Springs region. Asbestos, a general catchall name for a variety of minerals with the same properties, was extremely strong and provided fire retarding capabilities and was relatively inexpensive. Its thermal insulation properties, as well as tolerance of chemicals made its fibrous microscopic bundles of hair-like particles ideal to add to insulation, acoustic tiles, flooring, roofing products, plasters and cement, adhesives, mastics, laboratory and fire fighting clothing, textured paint, packing materials, cement wallboard, vinyl and paper that could withstand higher temperatures – you name it and asbestos was most likely added during manufacture.
Asbestos also is deadly. Researchers do not know how much is the threshold for asbestos exposure, which occurs when the asbestos containing material is disturbed, such as during remodeling, sanding and refinishing, demolition, or general aging and flaking. It is known that the effects of asbestos exposure are long term, and much more life threatening if you smoke or get second hand smoke. Asbestos has been directly linked to lung and abdominal cancer, as well as asbestosis and mesothelioma, both destructive pulmonary diseases. The time it takes for asbestos exposure to appear as a problem ranges from 15-50 years, and once it is breathed in, its lodges in your tissue and never leaves.