How does asbestos become dangerous? Is there a danger from merely breathing it in?
The short answer is yes, asbestos is dangerous. Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous protein, chrysotile, usually present in nature and is a naturally occurring mineral found in rocks, sand and even the soil. In most cases, the fibres are too small to cause harm, but there is a possibility that the fibre can be lodged in the body and cause harm. Building materials were also once produced with asbestos products. However, it is these asbestos products that people have mainly been exposed to in their homes and commercial spaces.
Here at MPA Asbestos Services, we have over 20 years of experience dealing with Adelaide asbestos removal. We understand just how dangerous the asbestos containing materials can be to you and your family, which is why we are committed to providing domestic and commercial building asbestos removal service’s that ensures your health and safety.
Why Is It Dangerous?
Asbestos is dangerous because it has the ability to break down into microscopically thin fibres. These fibres are so small they can remain airborne for days after being initially disturbed. While airborne, individuals can breathe these fibres in. Since the fibres are so small, they can travel deep into a person’s lungs, where they may eventually lodge in the lung tissue. Once lodged in the lung tissue, these fibres can cause several serious diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis (a scarring of the lung tissue) and mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lung cavity).
How Much Asbestos Is Considered Dangerous?
You should never consider any amount of asbestos to be safe. Products and building materials that contain more than 1 per cent of asbestos minerals are considered to be asbestos-containing.
However, the more asbestos-containing materials you are exposed too, the more likely it is that you could develop an asbestos-related illness. These diseases and illnesses include asbestosis and lung cancer.
How Do I Check My Home For Asbestos?
If you suspect your home may have asbestos present, never check for yourself always call a professional. Here at MPA Asbestos Services, with over 20 years of experience, we specialise in the inspection, testing and removal of asbestos in Adelaide. Our approach revolves around safety, meaning we will work hard to remove all asbestos-containing materials from your property with no danger to you.