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Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral. There are six types, all of which are composed of long and thin fibrous crystals, each fibre being composed of many microscopic "fibrils" that can be released into the atmosphere by abrasion and other processes. Asbestos is an excellent electrical insulator and is highly heat-resistant, so for many years it was used as a building material. However, it is now a notorious health and safety hazard and the use of asbestos as a building material is illegal in many countries. Inhalation of asbestos fibres can lead to various serious lung conditions, including asbestosis and cancer.

Asbestos cement corrugated sheet removal

Asbestos can be hazardous to health if not dealt with correctly. It is advised that you always let a professional  deal with your asbestos. 

Asbestos was used in a large variety of building materials up until the year 2000, if your property was built or renovated before this the above image shows the common places asbestos can be found.

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