Asbestos has gotten a lot of attention in the past ten years due to effects exposure can have on the body. It is essential for us to become more aware of the things surrounding us that can affect our health, starting in our homes. Read our brief guide to asbestos to find out what exactly asbestos is and its several forms so you can address it to ensure you and your family are safe and healthy.
What is Asbestos?
The name asbestos has been given to a group of six naturally-occurring minerals that have proven to be resilient compared to other minerals. Because of its resistance to harmful powers such as fire, manufacturers quickly began to use the material before finding out more about the negative effects it may have.
Though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies all commercial forms of asbestos as carcinogenic, the specifics of each’s composition is important. Read more about the types of asbestos below.
Types of Asbestos
Chrysotile– If you have an asbestos issue in your home, it is likely chrysotile at the root of the problem. Known as the curly and long fibered-asbestos, chrysotile is unique in its composition.
Tremolite– Made famous by the Libby, Montana mine contamination, tremolite is often found deposits of vermiculite, chrysotile, and talc.
Actinolite– With straight-shaped fibers and black coloring, actinolite has been used in insulation so it is fairly prevalent in homes in the United States.
Crocidolite– Also known as blue asbestos, crocidolite contains thin fibers that while less resistant to heat than other types, is the most dangerous form of asbestos.
Amosite– Slightly less toxic than crocidolite, amosite’s fibers are brown, short and straight. Luckily for American homeowners, this type of asbestos is mostly found in South Africa.
Anthophyllite– One of the less common forms of asbestos, anthophyllite is mostly found in in Finland.
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