Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals with long, thin fibrous crystals. Each fiber is composed of millions of microscopic “fibrils” that get released by abrasion, among other things. Some of the properties include sound absorption, affordability, fire, heat, and electricity resistance, making it a widely used material for buildings.
If inhaled, asbestos can cause serious respiratory conditions that can lead to fatal illnesses, such as lung cancer mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Because of its positive properties such as affordability and fire resistance, and because effects didn’t show up until years later, asbestos was widely used for a lot of things before people realized it was dangerous.
While asbestos has been banned in many countries, there are plenty of buildings built before those bans came in so a good general rule would be to have your home tested if it was built before 1992.
You should never check your home or business for asbestos yourself - always have a professional check it for you.
At Rockridge Industrial Services Inc, we keep to rigorous standards, which have earned us a great reputation for providing reliable and safe abatement procedures for our clients. We know that every case is different and therefore ensure that your experience is a personalized one with a unique plan of action to return your space to a safe and hazard-free environment.
If you think that your home or business may have asbestos call Victoria’s Rockridge Industrial Services Inc and our experienced technicians will book you an appointment.