Asbestos Abatement

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Definition - What does Asbestos Abatement mean?

Asbestos abatement refers to procedures to remove asbestos or minimize the human health risk it may pose by encasing or encapsulating it. Asbestos is used extensively in residential buildings and commercial buildings. It is also used in industry to cover false ceilings and inside technical ducts because its fibers are extremely strong, flexible and resistant to corrosion, heat and chemical reactions. Asbestos is a Greek word that means inextinguishable or indestructible.

Corrosionpedia explains Asbestos Abatement

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found throughout in the world. Because it is relatively inexpensive compared to concrete and resists corrosion, heat and chemical reactions, it is a favorable choice in the construction industry. However, because it poses serious health issues to those who are exposed to it over a prolonged period, abatement has been initiated in many regions of the world.

Asbestos is composed of silky long fibers that contain hundreds of thousands of minute fibers. These smaller fibers are further divided into microscopic filaments that float in the air and when inhaled regularly penetrate into body tissues and cause lung cancer, mesothelioma and other diseases.

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