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January 2017

Pre-Demolition Asbestos Tests and Why They are Important

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Demolition of any structure is a massive undertaking and an even bigger decision. Are you just changing a layout? You could also be removing a rickety building, or doing a major remodel. These all take a lot of planning. In addition, asbestos could be lurking in your structure and could affect everyone involved in the demolition process. Asbestos should be considered during the pre-demolition process, as it is a huge health danger. It is illegal to demolition any buildings without a proper asbestos survey.

What is a Pre-Demolition Asbestos Test?

This is an extensive asbestos test. It is very intrusive and only administered by licensed asbestos abatement professionals. While they are checking for asbestos, professionals will take extra care by wearing suits for asbestos removal and using equipment to contain any asbestos fibers that could escape and contaminate the area. If the asbestos abatement professionals do find asbestos, they will write up a report and let the owners know. If the building is set for demolition, it will need to be handled by a licensed asbestos demolition company.

Why are Pre-Demolition Asbestos Tests Important?

Asbestos is a small fiber that was used in many construction materials. Today, many homes and offices still contain asbestos. As certain materials break down because of regular wear and tear, asbestos exposure risks become higher. If you are looking to demolition a building or do a large remodel, it is important to have the area tested for asbestos. If asbestos is present, the asbestos abatement professionals will handle it in a safe manner. They have the exclusive equipment to stop the fibers from spreading. Once completed they will survey the area once more to ensure it is safe to re-enter the area.

Asbestos Abatement Services knows the risks that come with asbestos exposure. Our intention is to educate our clients and make certain they are safe for all types of projects. For more information check out our blogs.

Asbestos in Your Pool or Spa!

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Asbestos has been banned in many products. However, your home could still contain asbestos. Your pool is the last place you would think to check. Some in-ground pools built as early as the 1970s to the late 1990s likely used asbestos materials. Pools were constructed with plaster containing asbestos, as it was cheap, durable, and fire-retardant. This is a concern for older pool owners, as the plaster has likely begun to break down from wear and tear. If this is the case, asbestos exposure is a real possibility. Asbestos Abatement Services has the information you need to keep you and your family safe.

Pool and Spa Testing

The most reliable way to test the plaster of your pool or spa is through a certified asbestos testing and removal company. The tests use a sample of the area that is sent off to a lab for dependable results. If the test does come back as positive for asbestos, your asbestos professional will go over the ways to handle the issue.

Pool Resurfacing 

One way to manage asbestos in pools and spas is through resurfacing. Pool Resurfacing is accomplished by removing damaged areas and covering the old plaster with a new finish. This new finish covers your old pools surface and makes it look new again. This type of asbestos abatement should only be handled by professionals, as asbestos fibers can easily move throughout the area and contaminate clothing and homes.

Pool Removal

The easiest way to ensure all the asbestos is removed from your pool or spa is through complete pool demolition. If there is asbestos in your pool, it is important that an asbestos professional handles the demolition of your pool. They have special licenses, equipment, and suits to prevent asbestos contamination to other areas of the neighborhood.

If you have an older pool or spa, the smart thing to do is have it tested. Even if you do not use the pool, the broken-down materials will cause asbestos to travel through the air, allowing it to enter your home through clothing and other means.

5 Asbestos Facts That You Didn’t Know!

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We hear and read about asbestos each day, but what are the real facts? Asbestos Abatement Services wants you to have the facts. Educating you on asbestos and how it affects your life is our primary concern. Below we have assembled some interesting facts about asbestos and how you can manage asbestos exposure.

  • Shockingly, the United States has not banned asbestos, even though it is a known carcinogen.  Asbestos is still being used in friction products, roofing, fireproofing materials, and products we use every day.
  • Thousands die each year from asbestos exposure in homes. This is usually because of home remodels and the lack of asbestos testing.
  • Insulation products still may contain asbestos, and it is used in schools, offices, and homes all over the United States. Some insulation products still contain small amounts of asbestos. If you decide to remodel, you risk asbestos exposure.
  • Many professions are still at risk for asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure doesn’t just come from construction workers. Today, business professionals, electricians, and even teachers are at a high risk.
  • Occupational Cancer is mostly asbestos related. Occupational cancers may come from miners, hairdressers, elders, rubber production, firefighters, and even health care workers. However, the most common is mesothelioma, which is caused from asbestos exposure.

Sadly, the above facts are all true. Asbestos exposure can be eliminated. Asbestos testing is one of the more significant tests you can do to a home or office building. This is the only legitimate way to identify asbestos.  If you are someone you love works in areas that may be exposed to asbestos, they should be checked by a doctor and should never wear their work clothing inside the home. If you believe your home has asbestos, call a licensed asbestos abatement company. Testing will be completed, and if you need to have asbestos removed, they will walk you through the process.