Perhaps many of us do not understand the word ‘asbestos’ and what it means. Also, many of us do not know about the dangers of it, they are really serious and can even be scary in some cases. But let us dwell on the word mentioned above. What are asbestos wastes and how do they affect the health of the environment, the plant and animal world and above all our health. You will be able to understand these and many other answers in the following paragraphs.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural substance that refers to a group of mineral fibres. This substance is found in rocks and on land. Usually, it is white and has been used for decades as a building material for homes and other buildings.
Due to the durability and resistance of mineral fibre to heat, it has been used in various ways as an insulating compound and also as a non-flammable material. However, asbestos is not just a problem of decades away. It is present today in every building built or renovated before the 2000s.
Why asbestos Is potentially harmful?
In short and clearly explained: asbestos is dangerous because it kills people and destroys lives!
When asbestos is processed it splits into very fine fibres. So thin, thinner than a hair which becomes invisible to the naked eye and there is no smell to feel. Being so thin and extremely durable they can be absorbed and swallowed very easily. The moment they enter the body of a living being they are buried in the tissue and can not get out.
Problems caused by asbestos
Asbestos only poses a potential health risk when it is disturbed, fraying or crumbling, and when fibres are released in the air. Asbestos fibres that are enclosed behind walls, isolated in attics, bound tightly in an intact product or kept away from the interior environment of a home or building pose little risk.
You may have no symptoms until years after exposure. People who develop asbestos-related diseases may be symptom-free for as long as 10 to 40 years after exposure. But click here or take a look at the list below of what causes asbestos over the years.
Asbestos-related lung cancer
Asbestos-related pleural disease
Pleural plaques; and more
NOTE: Mesothelioma is regarded as terminal cancer with no known cure.
Asbestos impacts on the environment
When construction, demolition, mining and manufacturing activities release asbestos into the environment, it pollutes the air, water and soil. It can be transported over long distances by wind or water, thus contaminating areas far away from its source. Because asbestos does not break down or biodegrade, it poses a significant risk to humans.
How to dispose of asbestos
The first and most important thing you need to know about asbestos disposal is that you do not have to do it yourself. If you have asbestos products in your home, you can gently wet them to prevent them from leaking fibre until you get a licensed professional. These professionals are highly trained and certified to follow all federal and state laws governing asbestos disposal.
Asbestos disposal vs rubbish removal services
Two waste removal services but different. Asbestos is also a waste but not ordinary waste. As mentioned a little above they cause disease but 2 times more than ordinary waste.
If you choose a waste removal company they will certainly ask you if your waste is or contains asbestos. This is because waste disposal professionals come from companies that provide this service and are specialized only in non-hazardous waste disposal. So they are experts only in the removal of ordinary waste.
If we move on to the removal of asbestos, it is obvious that it is a special service. To remove asbestos you need to make sure that an expert in this field does not absorb the fibres released from this material. Asbestos removal professionals are equipped with tools to protect themselves from the health damage caused by asbestos. Waste disposal and asbestos removal cannot be treated equally.