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The History of Asbestos in Homes

Asbestos is a group of minerals composed of thin fibers. The fibers are soft and flexible. Asbestos was originally used in Europe 4 centuries ago. Asbestos production increased during the Industrial Revolution. The types of asbestos recognized by The US Environmental Protection Agency include Crocidolite, Amosite, Tremolite, and Chrysotile.


The Spread of Asbestos

During the Industrial Revolution, the construction industry used asbestos to help strengthen cement for insulation purposes, as well as sound absorption. The shipbuilding industry used asbestos to insulate boilers and hot water pipes. The automobile industry also used asbestos. In the 1970s, The US Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of asbestos in gas fireplaces because the fibers were leaking out and harming the environment. Eventually, The US Environmental Protection Agency banned any uses of asbestos. Those include asbestos files, cement, roofing, and coating. Manufacturers must get permission from the government to sell discontinued asbestos.


Dangers Of Asbestos

In ancient Rome, people who worked with asbestos became ill, which was an early sign of the future danger that asbestos would cause. Once asbestos fibers enter the body, they can cause inflammation and scarring to your body's cells. Research has shown that asbestos can cause multiple types of cancer, including mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and lung cancer. Asbestos can also asbestosis, a scarring of the lungs that could potentially lead to fatal consequences. People who are exposed to asbestos over a long period of time are at risk of developing a serious medical condition.


If you’re worried you may have asbestos in your home, contact the professionals at Burns Environmental Services.