Asbestos is a mineral that has been used for centuries in construction materials. While it was once considered a miracle material due to its fire-resistant properties and strength, it is now known to be highly toxic. Unfortunately, asbestos can still be found in many types of building materials, including drywall. Understanding the risks associated with asbestos in drywall is essential for any consumer who may be considering purchasing a home or remodelling an existing one.
Where Can Asbestos Be Found In Drywall?
Asbestos can be found in drywall in several forms. The most common form in this situation is vermiculite insulation. Vermiculite insulation is often mixed with other materials, such as cellulose and sawdust, and then used as insulation between two layers of drywall boards. This type of insulation was used extensively in older properties, so if you live in one, it's important to have it inspected by a professional for the presence of asbestos.
Another form of asbestos that can be found in drywall is joint compound. This compound was often used as a sealant between two pieces of drywall boards and may also contain some amount of asbestos fibre. It's important to note that not all joint compounds contain asbestos, but it's best to have your home tested if there is even a possibility it could be present.
What Are the Risks Associated With Asbestos?
The primary risk associated with exposure to asbestos fibres is mesothelioma, a type of cancer affecting the lining around the lungs and other organs. Exposure to high levels of airborne asbestos particles can also increase your risk for lung cancer, asbestosis (a chronic lung disease caused by inhaling large amounts of airborne asbestos particles) and pleural effusions (excess fluid buildup around the lungs). In addition, exposure to even low levels of airborne asbestos particles can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and skin. Consequently, it's important to take precautions when working with or near any material that contains trace amounts of asbestos fibres.
What To Do Next
Don't take any risks if you think that there is the smallest chance that asbestos could be present. As you can see, contractors would often use it when installing drywall in those older properties. So, get in touch with the contractor that specialises in asbestos identification and removal. They will conduct small tests to search for its presence and then put a plan in place accordingly.
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