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The use of asbestos in the construction


The name asbestos applies to a group of minerals that have been used in various industries and construction for over a century. Its main advantage is the resistance to high temperatures, that is why the fire-resistant paper, fabrics, cords, fire-resistant paints, and other materials are made of it. The asbestos is commonly used in the construction, because of its stretchability and resistance to various types of impacts. Another reason for the popularity of this material is the low price of asbestos, which can significantly reduce the total cost of construction. Profiled asbestos sheets or asbestos cement products do not rot and require additional anti-corrosion treatment. Asbestos cement pipes, which are used in the construction of sewer and drainage systems for the cable in power systems and communications are in great demand. This material is widely used in various fields of industry both in pure form or in combination with other materials (cement, textiles, cardboard, etc.). The range of asbestos products has more than 3,000 names.

Being very resistant material that has many technical advantages, for many years asbestos has been used in various industries. There were thousands of different kinds of products, including building components and materials, which were manufactured with the use of asbestos. It was used even in the production of children's toys, tobacco pipes, and a dust mask. The reason for this was the lack of knowledge of the asbestos carcinogenic properties. Currently, the production and use of asbestos is significantly decreased, mainly due to the reduction of its use in the construction. This was due to the numerous protests of institutions and individuals involved in the protection of the environment and public health. More than 40 countries all around the world put a strict restrictions on the use of asbestos. Nowadays, the use of this material in the construction industry is almost completely prohibited.

In connection with asbestos fiber exceptional qualities such as very high mechanical strength, resistance to aggressive chemicals and high temperatures - in some cases, asbestos is irreplaceable and, therefore, the possibility of its further application in industry and even in construction is still present, but in much smaller scale than it was in the past. The harmful properties of asbestos reveal only when its fibers get into the air and then penetrate into the human respiratory system. In connection with this, the experts in the field of asbestos removal strongly recommend to get rid of asbestos that was damaged in such a way that its fibers may pollute the air in the premises. However, do not try to remove asbestos on your own. This procedure should be done under strict supervision and with the participation of professionals, who own specific skills and knowledge of safety regulations. Find contact information on the right.

D.Tokareva for careyscustomconstruction.com with the assistance for Bruce Environmental Inc. in Sandy Springs


Bruce Environmental
292 Crestview Dr Dallas GA 30157 United States +1 770-439-8908


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