Asbestos in plaster has been widely used in the construction industry from the early 20th century. It is very useful because asbestos like any other fiber material has high tensile strength which made the plaster last longer when mixed with asbestos. The crystals of the mineral are long and silky.
Asbestos is resistant to harsh chemicals and heat. Along with these features asbestos is very cost effective. Due to these reasons it was started being used with plaster everywhere. From making decorative materials like statues to coating on the floors, walls and ceilings. You can make much stronger ceilings which are resistant to wear and tear and high heat conditions. It was also used to make the room sound proof.
However, it is very hazardous compound due to which even with so many advantages you can not use asbestos with plaster because it has been banned in many places. The fibers are highly toxic. When the fibers of asbestos are airborne then it enters your body with the air you inhale which causes suffocation and many other serious complications. With time plaster may break from which these fibers are released in the air.
When large scale use of asbestos started then it was observed that most of the workers who were continuously exposed had one or the other respiratory and other related problem. It is not necessary that every old building is hazardous, only the ones with old plasters which are braking off are harmful.
Asbestos In Plaster
There are various diseases which are caused due to the asbestos.
One of them is asbestosis which occurs due to high exposure to asbestos and inhaling it. You will feel difficulty in breathing accompanied by coughing and wheezing.
Asbestos when inhaled may cause thickening of the lining of the lungs due to which you may feel various lungs problem related symptoms like irregular breathing, shortening of breath and pain in the chest.
Inhalation of asbestos can lead to lung cancer. Inhalation of asbestos creates a tumor inside the lungs which continues to grow and causes more severe diseases if not treated in time.
It is another severe problem which can be caused even by exposure to small amount of asbestos. Chemotherapy is very effective in case a person is suffering form mesothelioma and helps to increase the life expectancy of the patient.
There are certain precautions which need to be taken to protect yourself and your family from the toxic Asbestos in Plaster.
- If you are living in a very old society then watch out for the crumbling plasters on the walls, floors and ceilings. An undamaged plaster doesn’t pose such a high threat to our health so you need not worry if the plaster is in proper condition.
- Always use a face mask when you are drilling, removing or altering walls and if you are in a reconstruction site.
- Before taking a house you must go for asbestos inspection. Take help of asbestos removal expert, he can safely take a sample to be tested and never take a sample yourself.