Asbestos is one of the most dangerous remnants of the old days. Our fathers and grandfathers were really into using this material in the past, only to find in late 1990s that it can be carcinogenic and cause serious health implications. Despite the fact that this issue has entered the public debate a long time ago, this common awareness of the potential risk does not always translate into the actual asbestos removal. That particular problem will not go away if it is left alone, if anything, it is going to get much worse as time goes by.
Because of the fact that asbestos deteriorates with every year, it must be handled by professionals who have sizeable experience in the area and can guarantee that all the safety measures are kept in place. One of the trickiest areas where asbestos was heavily implemented was piping and insulation and this article is meant to explain all the aspects which have to be kept in mind while dealing with these particular cases.
Piping is one of these elements of our households which majority of us pay little attention to. After all, as long as there are no leaks or sink blocks, why would anyone need to ensure if everything works fine? The case of asbestos on pipes is even less known, which is a tremendous mistake that may cost the lives of a lot of people. It very often happens that pipes are made of this material or can have insulation that, obviously, deteriorates over the years and can become friable. And this is where the situation really needs to be properly investigated.
First of all, all you should verify whether the suspected elements really do consist of asbestos (it is very difficult to establish that with 100% certainty without years of experience and appropriate tools). To do that, a special surveyor should take a look at the suspected areas and give a professional opinion. Piping is especially treacherous, which is why any types of conducting examinations are highly discourages as it can lead to the toxic fibres being released. Insulation, in turn was one of the most popular ways of utilizing asbestos during the majority of the twentieth century. It helped to conserve energy or soundproof rooms. Now they could be commonly found in places such as attics or in walls.
Historically, asbestos was used on piping in order to prevent heat loss. While it served this purpose well, more and more debilitating reports started flooding in about the material’s toxicity. These days it is visible in a form of a coating (very often painted), that may sometimes render the identification more difficult. Experts stress that this particular type of material is really pernicious effect on people’s health and deposit the toxic fibres in respiratory system.