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July 2017

Why Choose an Asbestos Survey?

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An asbestos survey is important if you are considering a remodel or a renovation to your home or business. It is especially important if hiring contractors. Contractors can refuse you service if you have not had an asbestos survey completed. Asbestos Abatement Services has the information to help you on your remodeling journey.

What is an Asbestos Survey?

An asbestos survey is completed by a certified asbestos removal company. Testing is done to check for asbestos in the home or business. If it is found, documentations are completed that includes the specific locations and quantities found in the home or building. Testing should also be done before any demolition to prevent exposure. If this hazardous material is found, it must be removed before any renovations are made. Many states now have laws about proper removal and disposal.

Why Should I Have One Completed?

The main reason to have an asbestos survey completed is safety. Asbestos can easily break free and travel throughout different areas of the home or business. These asbestos fibers can easily enter your body through your mouth or nose, causing exposure. Asbestos exposure can make you incredibly ill and cause cancer and death.

Do I Need an Asbestos Survey if I have a New Home or Building?

Yes, even newer homes and businesses could contain asbestos. Asbestos-containing materials are still being used in the United States in some form or another. Without the survey, you would never know the difference between asbestos materials and non-asbestos materials. You cannot see asbestos. The only way to find it is through a comprehensive survey and test.

If you are in need of an asbestos survey, make sure the company is licensed and certified. If they are not, the results could be skewed, which could lead to exposure to you and your contractors. For the health and safety of everyone involved, make sure your asbestos abatement company is certified and licensed to test, remove, and dispose of asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos Services-What to Look For!

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What types of asbestos services should an asbestos abatement company offer? Asbestos Abatement Services is here to inform you of the services a certified asbestos company should offer and why it is important that they are licensed. Without the proper licensing and certifications, you could end up with asbestos still in your home or business. This could lead to exposure, which is dangerous to your health and could result in death

Asbestos Testing 

All asbestos companies should offer asbestos testing. An asbestos test can tell if you have asbestos-containing materials in your home or business. This is the only true way to tell if you have asbestos. Asbestos companies should be certified to perform these tests.

Asbestos Inspections

Asbestos inspections are important if you are buying or selling a home or business. These inspections are meant to protect everyone in involved. It is a way to ensure your home or business is clear of asbestos before purchasing or selling a home.

Asbestos Removal and Disposal

Asbestos removal and disposal should only be handled by a certified and licensed asbestos company. If not, asbestos could transfer to other places in your home or business. They could also miss asbestos detection. A certified asbestos removal company will not allow you to re-enter until all asbestos is removed. You must also have special licenses to dispose of asbestos, as it is a hazardous material.

If the company you are considering is not certified, licensed, and does not offer these services, find another company. This is for the well-being of you, your family, and friends. A non-certified company may be cheaper, but you could be risking your life by exposure to asbestos. A certified asbestos removal company is worth the money. You will have the peace of mind knowing you are protected from asbestos and its dangers.

Did You Know There Are Different Types of Asbestos?

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We all know that asbestos is dangerous, but did you know that there are many different types of asbestos? Each one is just as dangerous as the next, but what are the differences in the asbestos types? Asbestos Abatement Services has all the information necessary to keep you informed about asbestos and its dangers.

There are two major categories of asbestos minerals. Each was used in certain materials to make heat resistant and durable products.

Serpentine

Serpentine asbestos is curly fibers that consist of crystal sheets. Chrysotile is also known as white asbestos and is the only fiber that is part of the serpentine family. Chrysotile is known to cause serious health conditions and is the most used asbestos fiber, making up 95% of construction and commercial applications.

  • Chrysotile is used in many products, including:Brake Pads
  • Insulation
  • Gaskets
  • Insulation
  • Adhesives 
  • Tile 
  • Roofing                                                                                                                                                        

Amphibole

Amphibole asbestos consists of amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, actinolite, and tremolite. Below is more information about each.

Amosite

Amosite is the most commonly used asbestos fiber in construction materials.  Amosite is more toxic than chrysotile, and its fibers are straighter and shorter. It is also brown in color.

Crocidolite

This type of asbestos is less common and is less resistant to heat than the other types. It is blue in color, and the fibers are extremely thin, which enters the human tissues easier. Crocidolite is the most toxic of all asbestos.

Tremolite

Tremolite is found alongside chrysotile and was used in attic insulation. This type of asbestos was used in over 35 million homes in America.

Anthophyllite

Anthophyllite is one of the least used types of asbestos, as it is harder to find. It was mined mostly in Finland, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Actinolite

Actinolite has straight fibers that are a darker color. It was used to make insulation and was used in materials to make paint and drywall.

Key Areas That Could Contain Asbestos in Your Home

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Asbestos is very dangerous and is harmful to everyone who has contact with it. Asbestos could be anywhere in your home, and you would never know. The only way to know for sure is by having your home tested by an experienced specialist. Asbestos has been used for centuries in construction materials. This substance is durable, sturdy, and fire-resistant, making it the perfect material for construction purposes. Asbestos Abatement Services will list the critical materials that could contain asbestos. Our goal is your safety, if you believe you do have this hazardous material in your home, it is imperative that you give us a call immediately.

To help you understand where asbestos could be, we have created a list of items that it could be hiding in. Asbestos could be in all places in your home. That is a scary thought. In each room of your home could be a fiber that can cause cancer and even death.

Some of the main items that could contain asbestos include:

  • Tiles
  • Roofing
  • Flooring
  • Adhesives
  • Wallpaper
  • Ceilings
  • Siding
  • Plaster
  • Plastics
  • Textured Areas
  • Insulation
  • Wiring

Your bathroom, kitchen, and living room are some of the main areas asbestos could be lurking. It is highly likely that asbestos is in your basement or attic. If you own your home, it is important to have it tested. This is especially important for older homes. Asbestos is not completely banned in the United States, and it is still used in some construction items. For the safety of you and your family, have an asbestos test completed. If you do have asbestos, your chosen professional will devise a plan to remove it safely, before you are exposed. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your family is safe from asbestos exposure and the illnesses that are associated with it.