How To Identify Asbestos Tile
Asbestos: an Introduction: How to Identify Asbestos
The word asbestos has origin in Greek culture, where its root word was used to denote “unquenchable” property. It is the name of a group of silicate minerals that are composed of long thin fibers in crystalline form. This article will help you with identifying asbestos ceiling tiles, and how to identify asbestos tiles in general.
The Notorious Part:
Asbestos has been used as an important commercial substrate for a variety of products. Its major advantage is its store of valuable properties. However, after the first death by asbestos surfaced in 1906, followed by countless others, governments all over the world decided that it was time to take action. Asbestos was banned in 2003. However, it must and does exist to date. We, therefore, are at a risk and must be able to identify asbestos-containing products or at least get them identified before we have to face the consequences. So how do you identify asbestos?
- In Air Conditioners:
The duct work of the air conditioners may contain asbestos. If you are an expert, or if you call an expert to check it for asbestos, he will point out the asbestos millboard that lines the re-heating elements of the air conditioners.
Earlier, asbestos used to be a major part of the glue required to stick the carpet underlay to the floor. Remember that such an adhesive will be, most commonly, black in color.
Asbestos tiles are available. Also asbestos ceilings have, if they have been sprayed by vermiculite, a distinct popcorn appearance.
If an insulation around a fire cabinet, etc has a cloth lining, it is most likely to be made of asbestos.
Asbestos in various forms can be applied to cabinets to make them fire resistant. Millboard linings or insulation boards may be present. If not this, then you might be able to detect fiber cement sheet at the back of your closet.
Knowing the Products:
Perhaps the best way to recognize asbestos is to know where it can be and where it is used. Government departments and NGOs now hand out brochures with all the detailed information and pictures to make you more aware of how much asbestos there might have been in your house or in your apartment or in a hotel room you booked the other night. Asbestos containing products should be avoided because as soon as you touch something coated with asbestos, its fibers will fly into your nose and mouth and you will inhale them without knowing they are there.