Asbestos is a group of naturally-occurring minerals composed of flexible, soft fibres that are resistant to heat and chemical. There are 6 primary types of asbestos, namely, amosite, actinolite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, chrysotile and tremolite.
Since asbestos is resistant to corrosion, heat and electricity, it used to be a popular additive to a variety of products and widely used in construction. Asbestos is also an effective insulator. But, exposure to asbestos is highly toxic. If asbestos dust is ingested or inhaled, the mineral fibres can get trapped in the body permanently. It can cause scarring, inflammation and genetic damage. Asbestos exposure also causes mesothelioma and other forms of cancer. This is why you need to let professionals conduct a survey of your residential or commercial site before you can go ahead with your refurbishment plans. If the site contains asbestos, it is important that asbestos is removed expertly and safely.