HiTemp Boards were an insulation product that was very popular before 1980 and was used in numerous residences and commercials buildings around the world. Business owners, homeowners, builders and contractors alike were thrilled with this product because it was economical, durable and it was a great insulator.
However, no one suspected the beast that lurked in the shadow of the HiTemp Boards; the beast that everyone thought was all “natural” turned out to be less than friendly. The beast has a name: asbestos. Make no mistake about it; even though asbestos is a natural product, taken directly from the soils of the earth, it is deadly and a significant hazard to your health.
Asbestos is the name of a family of minerals that occur naturally in the ground. This family of minerals has 3 basic members, Chrysotile, sometimes called white asbestos, Amosite, also called straight, light gray or brown asbestos, and finally we have Crocidolite, that is also called blue asbestos. These minerals are mined out of the earth.
Exposure to asbestos can cause serious health problems like asbestosis that can scar your lung tissue, and a variety of cancers.
It can also cause malignant Mesothelioma, a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the pleura (the thin layer of tissue that lines the chest cavity and covers the lungs) or the peritoneum (the thin layer of tissue that lines the abdomen and covers most of the organs in the abdomen).
When malignant cells are present in the lung, it is indicative of lung cancer. Malignancies found in the lung are the most common asbestos-related cancer found in people who smoke or who used to smoke and have a history of asbestos exposure.
Any scarring of the pleura or scarring of the lining is considered pleural disease (of the lung). If you have pleura it is indicative of overexposure to asbestos and you may be at substantial risk for more serious disease.
If your home has HiTemp Boards insulation and you are concerned about asbestos and you want to have it removed, you should contact an asbestos abatement firm today. If you are concerned about having been exposed to asbestos you should contact your primary physician.