What is Asbestos

Asbestos is a set of 6 naturally occurring minerals that have been used commercially. Asbestos becomes a long, silky fiber that can be manipulated into a variety of forms. This material became popular because of its affordability and its desirable properties, such as: sound absorption, resistance to fire, heat, electrical, and chemical damage

Why should I be concerned?

The primary cause of asbestos related diseases comes from the inhalation of asbestos fibers. These small sharp fibers embed in lung tissue and cannot be dispelled by coughing or mucous. Scar tissue forms around the asbestos leading to severe breathing difficulty. 

Asbestos can also cause two types of cancer: Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma (Cancer of the lung lining and chest cavity

 

What was it used in?

Asbestos was previously used in a number of different ways, including:

  • Wall and Ceiling insulation against fire and sound
  • Insulating hot water heating systems
  • Clapboard, shingles, and felt for roofing
  • Exterior Siding
  • Pipe and boiler covering
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Compounds and Cement
  • Textured and Latex Paint

What do I need to do?

If you do not know whether an item in your home contains asbestos, we can  come in for testing. If you are living with contaminated materials, HELUX EnvironmentalServices can effectively and efficiently remove these materials from your home.

Contact us today for a free estimate on removing asbestos from your home