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Asbestos

Taylor Environmental Services Ltd

Due to its ability to withstand extreme temperatures, asbestos has played a big part in the construction of many homes.  Although it is no longer used in construction (banned in the UK in 1999), there are still very many homes that still contain asbestos.  Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is used to make thousands of consumer products including cement, plaster and paint.  Its fibres contain very strong bonds which explain its durability and insulation qualities.  Due to such excellent properties, many homes built before 2000 contain asbestos as part of the thermal insulation.  Some floor tiles, windows (putty), roofing materials and fire protection contain asbestos. 

Although asbestos is an excellent building material, it is a hazardous material.  In its natural state, it is not really harmful to your health.  But when it is disturbed and the fibres become airborne, that is when it poses a risk to health.  Asbestos tends to degenerate slowly over time and when exposed to it, the symptoms may take 20 to 30 years to show.  Asbestos fibres can easily find their way into the body through the airways when breathing.  When these fibres find their way into the lower lungs they change the shape of the chest cavity resulting in a disease known as asbestosis or fibrotic lung disease.  The fibres are also known to cause mesothelioma which is an aggressive type of cancer which attacks the heart, abdomen and outer coverings of the lungs.  Such diseases suppress the respiratory functions and may even cause lung cancer and eventually death.