One of the potentially-dangerous substances that might be found in your home is Asbestos. Asbestos is actually a set of six silicate minerals which occur in nature. They are chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite. These minerals have several useful properties, such as fire resistance, sound absorption, and tensile strength. Because of this, asbestos has been primarily used as a building material for houses and can be found in older houses; usually those built before the late 20th century, in such items as insulation, sealants, heat-resistant fabrics, and floor tiles.
Asbestos poses a danger to people when it becomes friable: this is the state when it becomes soft and can easily be crumbled by hand. This can happen due to age, water damage, or when tiles become cracked and damaged due to home renovations or natural disasters. In this state; asbestos fibers may be inhaled or ingested into the body, and may cause health problems when it becomes lodged in the body, such as in the lungs or digestive tract. The main diseases caused by exposure to asbestos are Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, and Mesothelioma.
It is important that regular testing be performed on older houses to check for asbestos contamination and prevent the possible health risks this may cause.
Pro Services can help you with Asbestos Testing for your home. If and when it is found, we can also perform Asbestos Removal to keep your family safe. Call us up at 877-233-4793, send us an email at, or contact us online for more information on our services and for your inquiries.