What is Asbestos?

While most people probably recognize the name, and know that asbestos can be very dangerous, they may not have an idea of what asbestos actually is.

You may be surprised to learn that asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that can be found in certain rocks and soils.  Once considered to be an extremely useful, versatile and durable material, asbestos was very popular and widely used to add insulation, heat resistance and tensile strength to construction materials.

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Why is Asbestos So Dangerous?

Asbestos has been proven as a known cause of mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, chest and heart, as well as other forms of cancer and disease.  These conditions and their symptoms can sometimes occur many years after the exposure to asbestos has taken place.

People are affected by asbestos when materials containing it are disturbed in the course of renovation or repairs, construction or demolition, or in the usage of a product in which it is present.  Asbestos fibers become airborne and can be inhaled, where they can become embedded in tissue and lead to many serious health concerns.  Asbestos fibers can also be spread second hand by someone who has been exposed, making it even more dangerous

Where is Asbestos Found Today?

Due to its prevalence as a building material, asbestos is most commonly found in the following:

  • Roof Shingles
  • Floor and Ceiling Tiles
  • House Siding
  • Popcorn Ceiling Texture
  • Attic, Boiler, and Piping Insulations
  • Materials


How is Asbestos Removal Performed?

If you have reason to believe that your property contains materials that contain asbestos, you will need to have an inspection performed.  Due to the regulations of asbestos testing in Chicago. if contaminated materials are confirmed, a contractor licensed to deal with asbestos removal will need to take out and dispose of the hazardous materials in compliance with the the regulations of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).

The procedures for asbestos removal are regulated very carefully because it is such a dangerous material.  You should never attempt to remove or disturb any materials you suspect may contain asbestos on your own.  Even a small amount of breakage can release asbestos fibers into the air, exposing you and those around you.

Safe and Certified Inspections

If you believe that your property or other facility might contain potentially dangerous asbestos materials, contact our offices at the Axis Response Group to ask about our asbestos testing in the Chicago area.  One of our licensed asbestos inspectors can help you assess the potential for risk and perform a safe inspection on your building.  We look forward to working with you and providing the level of professional service that should be expected to provide you with the safety you deserve.