Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Asbestos

  1. It’s naturally fire-resistant and a good thermal insulator, making it ideal for flooring, roofing, and as insulation. It’s also often installed in places near electrical components and outlets since it can protect against short-circuit fires.
  2. Asbestos is very cost-effective to produce since it’s easily available in nature. This enables manufacturers to bring the cost of their materials down and pass the savings on to the customers. Additionally, it’s easy to clean and maintain.
  3. It’s lighter than many other materials available, making it perfect for constructing buildings and boats. The lightweight of asbestos allows a building to contain less support while being structurally sound. It also poses less of a threat in case of earthquake or fires. Being lightweight, it’s easier to install, which also contributes to its cost-efficient nature.
  4. Thanks to its long, fibrous composition, asbestos, when mixed with other building materials like cement or concrete, increases the strength of said materials without increasing their weight. Tests on concrete with small percentages of asbestos added in have shown that the material’s compressive and flexural strength are actually higher than conventional concrete. This means that the concrete can handle more weight without compressing and flexing/bending.
  1. Asbestosis is a chronic disease where the lungs are damaged by asbestos. With prolonged exposure to asbestos dust, the walls of the respiratory tract from the nose to the lungs can get polluted and permanently scarred. Symptoms include shortness of breath, a dry cough, and tightness or pain in the chest.
  2. Asbestos can cause two kinds of cancer; lung cancer and mesothelioma. In asbestos-related lung cancer, the victim often experiences shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing up blood. While lung cancer develops inside the lungs, mesothelioma is a cancer in the lining of the lungs. Both types of cancers display similar symptoms and typically take decades to develop but only a few months to spread through the body and metastasize. This makes them difficult to detect without early and regular health check-ups.
  3. Another common condition caused by exposure to asbestos is the formation of pleural plaque. A pleural plaque is a plaque that develops in the pleura; the thin membrane surrounding the lungs in the chest.

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Aiden Dallas

Aiden Dallas

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As a freelance copywriter I love the flexibility of working anywhere across the globe and all the opportunities that come with it.