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March 2022

Asbestos Inspections Methods – Which Is Best?

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Asbestos is a naturally occurring fiber that grows throughout the United States. Many believe that asbestos is manufactured because of its use in materials and because of how harmful it is to the human body. Asbestos has been utilized for centuries in all forms of products and for different reasons. Today, we see asbestos mostly in commercial and residential properties. The fibers were used in construction materials because of their durability, heat resistance, and affordability. The main problem with asbestos is the fact it can only be found through asbestos inspections and testing. Asbestos inspections are completed for a variety of reasons in residential and commercial settings. Below we will discuss the reasons one has an inspection, and which is best for your individual needs.

Commercial Asbestos Inspections

Commercial buildings have stricter guidelines when dealing with asbestos-containing materials. They require asbestos inspections for the following:
• Pre-Demolition
• Remodels and Additions
• Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions
• Industrial Maintenance

As you can see, commercial properties are required to have asbestos inspections for many different projects. If demolition is needed, an asbestos contractor will need to be present for asbestos removal. This is to ensure asbestos is not released into the air, where it can travel to other areas, exposing those in the path. If you maintain a commercial property, it is best to contact an asbestos abatement company that knows and understands the regulations and laws regarding asbestos in commercial properties.

Residential Asbestos Inspections

Residential asbestos inspections are generally completed by the homeowner as a safety precaution. Older homes commonly contain asbestos in the materials, but we do see newly constructed properties that are positive for asbestos. Residential asbestos inspections are generally completed for the following:
• Remodeling Projects
• Residential Purchases
• Homeowner Safety

Most homeowners want to protect their families, and one way of doing so is through asbestos inspections.

Asbestos inspections and testing is completed using two types of testing. The first is completed by taking samples of materials that are then sent to a lab for results. This is a highly accurate test that can detect both friable and non-friable asbestos. The next type takes an air quality sample and shows if there is asbestos in the air. This type of test only picks up on airborne asbestos fibers. If you are in need of an asbestos inspection, contact your local asbestos abatement company. They will help you determine the right test for you and your needs!

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Asbestos Abatement – A Dangerous Job

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Asbestos abatement may not seem like it is a deadly job, but the fact remains that it is. There aren’t a lot of deadly jobs, but asbestos abatement is considered to be one. Asbestos exposure causes severe respiratory illnesses and cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, both of which can be deadly. Asbestos fibers aren’t able to be seen by the naked eye; because of this, exposure occurs without one’s knowledge. Once inside your body, the fibers will begin to cause damage slowly. Most people do not see symptoms from asbestos exposure for over a decade. When they finally do develop symptoms, the asbestos fibers have already caused lasting effects on the lungs and other zones of the respiratory system.

How Do We Protect You From Asbestos?

We work hard to ensure our clients are never exposed to asbestos fibers. From training to equipment, our team has the tools to successfully and safely remove asbestos from your property. Our team ensures that everyone has vacated the property before we begin the asbestos abatement process. This is one of the many ways we work to keep you safe. We then begin to seal off smaller areas of the property. The sealing, along with negative air machines and vacuums, ensures that no asbestos fibers leave the designated area. We work diligently to remove the asbestos-containing materials. Once removed, the materials are sealed so that no asbestos fibers can escape and enter other areas of the property. We repeat this process until all asbestos has been removed from the property.

Once the asbestos has been removed, we take it to a specific disposal site. Asbestos can only be removed and safely disposed of by people with the proper licenses and certifications. If you do not have the applicable licenses, you can be fined or even jailed for the unsafe removal of asbestos. These guidelines are in place to ensure that people are not exposed to asbestos. Asbestos fibers can float through the air, in air ducts, and even outside to neighboring properties, where people will unknowingly be exposed. If you have asbestos on your land, contact the right removal company for your needs.