Imagine that you suspect that asbestos containing building materials may have been removed inappropriately sometime in the past. Understandably, you may wish to determine whether the settled dust in the building contains elevated levels of asbestos fibers – fibers which could potentially be made airborne if disturbed. Sampling for asbestos in dust in indeed a possibility – there is even an official protocol for the procedure developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and any accredited asbestos laboratory can easily perform the analysis. Unfortunately, the prospect, at least in most situations, is not a possibility.Read More
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You may have come across it in between the floor joists of your attic, or in between the studs of your walls - a lightweight, granular material that looks a bit like gravel, but seems almost as light as air.
For much of the 20th century, asbestos was viewed as the "miracle mineral" due to its various desirable properties. It was fire-resistant, non-corrosive, chemical-resistant, and made a great insulator. Further, it could be added to just about anything. Industrialization of the mining process allowed for asbestos fibers to be ground so small that the mineral could be sprinkled into anything from joint compound to cigarette filters.