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August 2018

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Asbestos- Why is it Considered a Silent Killer?

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Asbestos-related illnesses kill thousands of people each year. Asbestos has been silently killing people for decades. People walking around do not even know they have an asbestos-related illness. Once exposed, asbestos stays dormant in the body, for years. It can stay dormant for 10 to even 80 years, then begin to wreak havoc on the body. Asbestos has been used in construction materials for decades until it was recently found to be dangerous to people. Sadly, some construction materials still contain trace amounts of asbestos.

Asbestos can cause major illnesses. Many asbestos-related illnesses mimic those of allergies or the common cold. However, asbestos exposure also causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and even death. It is very difficult to diagnose asbestos-related illnesses and can take a lot of medical tests to identify.

Asbestos-exposure is still happening in the United States. Many homes still have asbestos-containing materials. The only way to know if your home contains asbestos is through extensive testing. These tests are only completed by certified asbestos abatement professionals, like Asbestos Abatement Services. The inspection and test are comprehensive and will determine if your home contains asbestos. If your home does have asbestos, it will need to be removed as soon as possible.

Asbestos fibers aren’t visible. They are very tiny and are part of a material, like insulation. Asbestos fibers were meant to make products more durable and heat resistant. This is what makes asbestos so dangerous. You cannot see the threat, you can only feel it years later when you become ill.

If you are unsure if your home does contain asbestos, it is crucial to have it checked by a certified professional. Asbestos-related illnesses are very severe and can cause a lifetime of illnesses. Play it safe and have a check completed on your home, it will be one of the best decisions you ever make!

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Summer Remodels and Asbestos Exposure

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Summer is the time for vacations and fun at the lake, but it is also a time for remodels and other household projects. Asbestos Abatement Services wants to keep you safe this Summer, so we have some information on remodels and asbestos exposure to ensure your safety! Below we will discuss the dangers of asbestos, remodels, and burning materials.

Remodels and Asbestos Exposure

Remodels and asbestos exposure go together. Asbestos was banned years ago. However, it is still in some construction materials. Asbestos-containing materials could be anywhere in your home, and you would never know. Before starting a remodel, we recommend an asbestos inspection from Asbestos Abatement Services.

Below are a few areas that could contain asbestos:

  • Insulation
  • Flooring
  • Wallpaper
  • Roofing
  • Tiles
  • Adhesives
  • Popcorn Ceilings
  • Caulking

Above are just some of the more common areas that could contain asbestos. Asbestos could be in your basement, attic, and general areas of your home. If you are planning to Touch And destroy any of the above items, it is best to have an asbestos removal specialist check your home.

Burning Items and the Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos can be transferred in many ways. Asbestos can fly through the air, it can cling to clothing, and it can also be burned. If you burn asbestos, you are risking exposure to your entire neighborhood. Asbestos fibers are heat resistant, making it very hard to destroy them. You may think you burned an item, but asbestos fibers could be released into the air with the smoke. Before doing a remodel or demolition, you should check with an asbestos abatement company. They will be able to check the items you want to burn. Asbestos exposure can cause respiratory problems, cancer, and even death. A simple inspection could save you from a lot of illness. Give us a call before you do a remodel!

Asbestos wall boards at a demolition site

When Does Asbestos Become Dangerous

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All asbestos is dangerous, but when does it become hazardous to your health? Asbestos Abatement Services has all the answers to your asbestos questions. Below we will discuss friable and non-friable asbestos, asbestos home testing, and the asbestos abatement process.

Friable and Non-Friable Asbestos

What exactly does friable mean? When it comes to asbestos, friable means the fibers have been exposed, making the asbestos very dangerous. If you have friable asbestos, you should leave the premises immediately and have an asbestos abatement company remove the asbestos. Friable asbestos is the most dangerous, as it has already broken down and can move throughout your home. Asbestos can travel on clothing and through air ducts. Non-friable asbestos means the asbestos-containing materials are still in great shape. This means you may be safe now, but if the item is damaged, you could become exposed. If you have non-friable asbestos, it is recommended you remove it as soon as possible, as it is still a hazard.

Asbestos Home Testing

Asbestos home tests are the only way to determine if your home contains materials that are composed of this mineral. This test is only completed by a certified asbestos abatement professional, such as Asbestos Abatement Services. This test is a thorough inspection of your home where sampled are taken. Once tested, you will know if your home is free from asbestos. If you do have asbestos, the certified asbestos abatement professional will discuss options with you.

Asbestos Abatement Process

The process of asbestos abatement is very time-consuming. It is important that all asbestos fibers are completely removed from the home before you return. Asbestos abatement professionals have special tools, equipment, and suits to contain the asbestos and remove it safely. During asbestos abatement, you will need to leave your home. This is for your safety, as asbestos fibers are tiny and cannot be seen. Once completed, your home will be checked once more to ensure the asbestos has been fully removed. Afterward, you will be allowed to enter your home and have the peace of mind that your home is asbestos free.

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Summer Asbestos Removal

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Summer brings beautiful weather to the area. It isn’t too hot, yet it is sunny with clear skies. Summer weather is the perfect time for remodels, renovations, and demolitions. It is also a dangerous time for asbestos exposure. With so many home projects, it is possible to become exposed to asbestos. Asbestos Abatement Services has some tips to ensure your Summer is safe!

Asbestos Home Testing

Before you start any remodels or renovations, it is important to make sure your home does not contain asbestos. The easiest way to do this is through an asbestos abatement professional. Asbestos testing is completed by certified asbestos abatement professionals. They do a complete inspection of your home and take samples for testing. This is the most accurate way to determine if your home contains asbestos. Here’s more information on when to test for asbestos.

Professional Renovation and Remodels

When hiring professionals for remodels and renovations, it is crucial that they are insured and licensed. You will also need to discuss the fact that there could be asbestos in your home. Any professional contractor has dealt with this and knows the laws and what should be done. If they act as if it isn’t necessary, contact another company. You and your family are at risk of asbestos.

Perfect Weather for Asbestos Abatement

If your home does contain asbestos it will need to be removed by professionals. Summer is the perfect time for asbestos removal. Asbestos Abatement professionals use the proper equipment and suits to ensure that all asbestos is removed safely. They know how to keep asbestos contained and the best ways to dispose of it.
If you are planning to do a Summer remodel or renovation, give Asbestos Abatement Services a call. Asbestos is a silent and deadly killer that hides in plain sight. Don’t risk it!  Our team will be able to ensure your family is safe from asbestos exposure this Summer!

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Roofing, Insulation, and the Dangers of Asbestos

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People are becoming more aware of asbestos as it becomes more popular in the media. They are beginning to understand that asbestos exposure is bad and that it can cause cancer. Most people do not believe their homes have asbestos-containing materials inside or out. The truth is, many homes in the United States still have asbestos-containing materials.

Asbestos was commonly used in insulation for homes and businesses. Asbestos was perfect for insulation, as it was strong, heat-resistant, and affordable. It also was a great insulator. When remodels are completed, the insulation is not normally touched, which means your remodeled home, could still have hazardous fibers inside the insulation. This mineral was also commonly used in roofing. Roofing is needed to withstand the elements, such as the sun or snow. It is also needed to be strong and long lasting. Once again, asbestos was sent to the rescue and was used in most roofing materials. If your older home has not had a new roof, it likely has asbestos.

How do I Know if my home has asbestos-containing insulation or roofing materials?

The only way to now for sure is through a certified asbestos abatement contractor. They can inspect your home or business and conduct a test to find asbestos. If your roofing or insulation does contain asbestos, they will be able to find it and let you know what the next steps should be. Never try to find asbestos. You cannot see asbestos, as it is a tiny fiber that was mixed into the materials.

Do I need to have the roofing or insulation removed if it contains asbestos?

Even though the asbestos is inside your walls or on the exterior of your home, it is still a danger. Asbestos is tiny and can travel throughout the air and expose those in its path. Any asbestos-containing materials that are on your property should be removed by a certified and licensed asbestos abatement contractor. Your asbestos abatement contractor will discuss options with you and begin the abatement process as soon as possible.