Asbestos is a term used to describe a group of six silicate fibrous minerals—chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite and actinolite—that occur naturally. Asbestos has amazing tensile strength and fire- and chemical-resistive properties, making it a “Miracle Mineral.” It was used for everything from floor and ceiling tiles to car parts, siding, and insulation. Asbestos is commonly found in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings constructed between 1930 and 1990.
Sadly, this “Miracle Mineral” was found to have extreme carcinogenic properties, and the health risks surrounding asbestos are well-documented. When breathed in, airborne asbestos fibers lead to significant health problems such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. When building materials containing asbestos are disturbed during events such as demolition, renovation, construction, or maintenance, asbestos fibers can be released into the air and then inhaled by anyone in the vicinity of the material. Additionally, asbestos fibers can also leach into the water supply. This makes the problem of asbestos contamination an especially dicey one. Structures containing asbestos are damaged daily across the nation, whether from the normal aging and corrosion process, human interference, or natural phenomena such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
If you suspect the presence of asbestos, turn to ETR Laboratories for asbestos testing. Our specialized asbestos tests will detect even trace amounts of asbestos in your water and alert you to the presence of asbestos in nearby structures. Rain runoff and corroding pipes can both deposit asbestos in your drinking water, so don’t wait to find out if your water is safe.