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Asbestos in Construction Materials

Updated: Apr 16

When humans found the asbestos, we thought we hit the jackpot. Asbestos fibers are fire resistant and chemically stable, and soon after, soon after asbestos was widely used in many products, such as building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant, and were used in the United States in all houses built prior to 1981.

After finding many death cases and finding their link to asbestos, its use became regulated, and many entities started discussions and looking for ways to decrease the damage. One of the fields that has been under close watch is the construction industry, specifically any project that requires disturbing the existing asbestos-containing materials. Such materials may not be dangerous until they are disturbed and become friable. Asbestos fibers are 5000 times thinner than human hair and don't have a smell. They can easily linger in the air for days until someone inhales them.

In light of these risks, it's crucial for anyone planning renovation or construction projects to seek guidance from certified and licensed companies like Reliance Construction. Communicating your awareness of these risks to your contractor and urging them to refrain from risky demolition or disturbance of suspicious materials until proper assessment is essential.

Disturbing asbestos-containing materials during activities like cutting or sanding can lead to elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos. Improper removal attempts can release asbestos fibers into homes, posing health risks to occupants. Therefore, it's imperative to handle asbestos-containing materials with care and follow appropriate safety protocols to safeguard against exposure.

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