Kathy A. Torline-Nordstrom
ERA Herman Group Real Estate
Serving Colorado Springs
Search for Colorado Springs Historic Homes
As I was walking through an historic home in Colorado Springs last week, I came across a monster furnace, nicknamed the Octupus. All of the connections to the vent, which extended everyplace, were wrapped in an asbestos covering; as well as the entire unit. Seems like good timing to write a blog about the dangers of asbestos.
What is asbestos?
What are the health concerns?
- Asbestos breaks down into microscopic size fibers which penetrate the body tissues and can remain in the body for many years. It’s most dangerous when it is disturbed, when pieces break away and float in the air. Once it is breathed in, it typically does not leave the lungs. Prolonged exposure can lead to lung cancer.
- NOTE: When working with asbestos its important not to release the fibers into the air, it’s important not to disturb it.
Where was it used?
- For pipes, furnaces and boiler insulation. Insulation in the wall and ceilings. Siding, plaster, fiber cement. During it’s time, it was the best material available. It was used in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s
What if I find asbestos?
- If possible, don’t disturb it. If you have to remove it, get help from a firm that is trained in asbestos abatement.
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