Prime Edmonton Real Estate - There are few things that strike fear into home buyers and home owners than the word asbestos. This compound has been known for years as a severe health hazard, with many people who have worked with it suffering from cancer and respiratory issues later on in life . It has delayed redevelopment of older buildings like the Charles Camsell Hospital and old Northlands Coliseum, and caused other redevelopments to stop altogether. But what is this substance, and what can you do to protect yourself from it?
Asbestos was a product that was used beginning in the first part of the 20th century for a variety of purposes, due to it's durability, insulating traits, and fibrous nature. It was used in everything from insulation (vermiculite) to floor tiles to glue and sealing compounds, to fibreboard, to tape, and everything in between. But as it was used more and more, it became apparent that something within the compound caused serious issues. Researchers came to the realization that when inhaled, the fibrous nature that made it such a valuable element was also causing it to permanently damage those who were exposed to it. It has now been banned from purchase for a few decades.