Asbestos is a group of minerals that have ‘miracle-like’ properties, hence their name in greek (miracle mineral). It has been widely used in construction for insulation purposes. The diverse group of minerals may be found in almost every house and building around us. From insulation of pipes and water heaters, to roof tiles, floorboards and indoor plumbing, asbestos is an everyday carcinogen which is now banned in most countries, including Lebanon.
Asbestos materials have the following advantages:
- Tensile strength (can be stretched out into thin fibers without breaking)
- Resistant to Chemical erosion