In the world of asbestos, many words can be confusing. Two of those words are friable and non-friable. In the asbestos industry, they are important and can help in determining what plan of action should be taken in asbestos abatement. Below, we will discuss friable and non-friable asbestos so that you have a better understanding of the two.

What is Friable Asbestos?

Friable asbestos is any asbestos-containing material that has begun to wear down, can be crumbled, or turned to dust with hand pressure. Friable asbestos puts you at immediate risk of asbestos exposure. This is a huge problem because asbestos exposure can cause very hazardous illnesses like cancer and even death. If your property has friable asbestos, it will need to be removed as soon as possible. This is for the safety of everyone in and around the property.

What is Non-Friable Asbestos?

Non-friable asbestos is grouped into two categories. Category one is materials like floor coverings, roofing, and gaskets. These are products that will rarely become friable unless you are doing a remodel. Category two non-friable are more likely to become crushed or break apart. While both are still a significant health hazard, non-friable asbestos is not an immediate danger like friable. If you do have non-friable asbestos on your property, it will need to be removed to ensure you do not become exposed in the future.

If your property has asbestos-containing materials, they will need to be removed by a certified professional. Asbestos abatement is a thorough process that requires special equipment and suits. Never attempt to remove asbestos, as you can become easily exposed and be at high risk for lung cancer or mesothelioma. Utah County Asbestos Abatement safely removed both friable and non-friable asbestos from both businesses and homes.