Asbestos is a term used to describe a group of six naturally-occurring silicate fibrous minerals. These are chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. For many years, the only thing anyone knew about asbestos was its amazing tensile strength and fire- and chemical-resistant properties. It seemed like a “miracle mineral.”
It was quickly utilized in a wide range of products, including floor and ceiling tiles, car parts, siding and insulation. As a result, asbestos is commonly found in residential, commercial and industrial buildings constructed between 1930 and 1990.
Finally, the extremely carcinogenic properties of asbestos were discovered. When inhaled, airborne asbestos fibers lead to significant health problems, including asbestosis and lung cancer. If building materials containing asbestos are disturbed during events such as demolition, renovation or construction, asbestos fibers can be released into the air, threatening the health of anyone in the vicinity.
It’s also easy for asbestos to enter the water supply. These fibers can be freed from building components because of the normal aging and corrosion process or during the damaging effects of a hurricane or tornado.