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Friable v/s Non-Friable Asbestos

1. Friable Asbestos: This is the most perilous form of asbestos. Asbestos containing materials are regarded as friable when they contain one percent of asbestos by weight or area. It has airborne nature. When the pressure is applied, friable asbestos which is in a dry state can be easily reduced or pulverized into powder. The fibers can easily get assimilated in the air and inhaled can pass on to the lungs and into the digestive tract. Since it is loosely packed, it is easy to crumble. Friable ACMs are disturbed by water damage, aging, drilling or breakage. Due to these factors fibers are released and are more likely to be inhaled or ingested by humans posing serious health risks. Some ACM are following:

2. Non-Friable Asbestos: Non-friable asbestos is referred to asbestos containing material in which asbestos fibers are tightly packed or closely bonded. Since non-friable asbestos containing materials are resistant to damage or abrasion they pose considerably less risk to health than friable asbestos does. They contain up to 15 percent of asbestos. These materials are most commonly found in households, some of them are:>

Some non-friable asbestos containing materials can transform into friable asbestos over time. For example, cement sheet that has been crushed or disintegrated as a result of exposure to chemical mist.

Health Conditions Arising from Exposure to Asbestos

People do not necessarily develop ailments as a result of exposure to asbestos; it all depends upon the amount of asbestos present in the air and the period of exposure to asbestos. Those who already have lungs or breathing conditions or those who smoke tobacco are more vulnerable to contract diseases resulting from asbestos.

Asbestos is difficult to eradicate from the body once it has been lodged in lung or body tissues. They cannot be broken down or removed and thus result into diseases:

Asbestosis is fatal as it can lead to cardiac failure. Those who are involved in demolishing and renovating business are more likely to be exposed to asbestos and contract asbestosis.

Asbestos Removal Services

Home owners and business owners may not be aware of asbestos’ presence in their home or business. Professional asbestos testing is the only way to accurately confirm is asbestos is present. Canada’s Restoration Services is an IICRC certified and insured award-winning restoration company. We specialize in asbestos testing and asbestos removal services. Canada’s Restoration Services provides free asbestos inspections nationwide. We service Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton and have completed over 10,000 inspections and jobs.

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