Asbestos is a natural mineral that is extremely durable, fire-proof, heat resistant and cost efficient. These qualities make Asbestos an ideal material to be used in various building materials.
Mined Asbestos is broken down into fibers to be utilized in building materials such as: spray pipe insulation, drywall, joint compound, plaster, floor tiles, mastics, ceiling tiles, transite piping, roofing tiles, flashing and many more.
Asbestos is classified into either Friable or Non-Friable categories. Friability is the tendency of asbestos containing materials (ACM) to break down into a dust or powder form when damaged, crumbled or touched.
Friable Asbestos – Friable Asbestos is more susceptible to damage and can be easily broken releasing asbestos fibers into the air when damaged. Some examples of Friable Asbestos can be: insulation, spray coatings, plaster, drywall or joint compound.
Non-Friable Asbestos – Non-Friable Asbestos is more resistant to damage and when damaged it is less likely to release asbestos fibers into the air. Some examples of Non-Friable Asbestos Containing Materials can be: floor tiles, textured decorate coatings, cement boards.
When damaged, Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) can release microscopic fibers into the air making the asbestos fibers possible to inhale or ingest. Asbestos fibers can cause serious health issues such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and other serious lung diseases. Asbestos has also been linked to several other forms of cancer.
Proper removal & disposal of asbestos containing materials requires specialized training, techniques and licensing. Most projects that require asbestos removal also require additional third party sampling, monitoring and clearances by law.
BlueLine Disaster Solutions, Inc. is a licensed New York State Asbestos Abatement Contractor providing asbestos abatement for all friable & non-friable asbestos containing materials.