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Asbestos in my home?!
What is asbestos used for in my house?
Many kinds of asbestos have been used in the past in many different products. But since the 70’s, only asbestos chrysotile fibres are supposed to be used in asbestos-based products.
You can find asbestos in:
Why using asbestos, and asbestos chrysotile today, in different products?
They are used in residential buildings because they have special qualities such as thermal and acoustical insulation, fire protection, strengthening of other materials, and so on.
Should I worry about it?
Scientific and medical research has revealed that excessive exposure to inhaled asbestos dust can be dangerous to health. It should be noted, however, that the risks are generally related to exposure during handling of asbestos fibres in work environment.
Asbestos fibres are not harmful unless released in great quantity into the air. But today, the fibres used in buildings materials and household appliances parts are literally locked-in in a solid matter which effectively prevents fibres from being released. Moreover, the fibres used today are chrysotile fibres; they are much more less dangerous than amphiboles which were ban a long time ago.
Nevertheless, asbestos-based materials already in your home are best left alone to avoid the releasing of fibres. There is no risk involved as long as the material is neither crumbly nor damage.
Damages or crumbly materials
Do-it-yourselfers who would like to remove or repair asbestos-containing materials should make sure they take the following precautions:
If there is any doubt, it is recommended to consult an building material expert.
For major renovation project, call a contractor. Don’t forget to verify its asbestos-handling experience. Discuss the preventive measures he plans to take.
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