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The Basics of Asbestos

The Basics of Asbestos

Asbestos was commonly used in residential and commercial buildings that were built prior to 1990. If you are planning to renovate a building that was built prior to 1990, it is critical that you get the area tested for asbestos. This is because asbestos can cause severe health problems in the workers that undertake the construction and any individual who comes into contact with the area later on.

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring mineral silicates that can be separated into flexible fibers.

There are two main mineralogical classifications of asbestos:


The serpentine family consists of only chrysotile or “white” asbestos. It is a hydrated magnesium silicate having long wavy fibers that are white or off-white.


Only amosite and crocidolite have had significant commercial use. Amosite is often called “brown” asbestos and has much straighter and shorter fibers than chrysotile. Crocidolite is referred to as “blue” asbestos and has long straight fibers much like amosite.

Where Does Asbestos Come From?

Asbestos is found in rock veins and is obtained through the process of open-pit mining.

Why Did Asbestos Use to Be Popular?

Asbestos was used because of its resilient nature. It was good for soundproofing, extremely fire resistant, strong, and relatively cheap.

What Can We Do if We Think We Have Asbestos?

The first step is to know for sure. Call us, and we will test your building’s air and materials to discover the truth. Our testing process is based on a broad and accurate testing process that examines multiple parts and materials of the building in order to get an accurate picture of the situation.

If we test your building and find asbestos, we can remove it, preventing harm to you and your employees. Our asbestos removal services are performed by trained and certified professionals, and we work with a thorough understanding of any time or monetary constraints you may be under.

If you think you have asbestos in your building, don’t hesitate to give us a call. It’s better to know for sure.

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