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Commercial Properties and Asbestos Removal

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Commercial properties are the most commonplace to find asbestos-containing materials. Many commercial properties throughout the U.S. are older. These older buildings were built in the 80s and 90s. During this time, asbestos was still being used in materials, and there were now laws or regulations governing asbestos. While many older commercial properties have had remodels completed, it is showing many still have asbestos. Asbestos in commercial properties is often large-scale. The larger the area, the more asbestos materials are present. When dealing with commercial properties, specific steps must be taken.

Asbestos Inspections

The first order of business is to complete an asbestos inspection and test of the property. The asbestos inspection can take days, depending on the size of the property. During the inspection, samples will be taken from all areas of the commercial property. Once the samples are gathered, they will be sent to a special lab for testing. Asbestos testing is the only way to determine if your building has asbestos fibers present.

Asbestos Removal

If there are asbestos fibers on the property, they will need to be removed. Commercial properties are usually open and must keep operating when asbestos removal takes place. If this is the case, the asbestos removal process can take weeks to complete. During asbestos removal, areas are sealed off completely. These areas are then worked on, and all asbestos is removed. Once removed, the area is reopened after an inspection. Asbestos removal must be done in a manner where no asbestos fibers can escape and that they are disposed of properly. Doing this in an operating building takes time, as it is crucial that the areas are fully sealed and that no asbestos fibers escape the area. Asbestos fibers cant be seen, so extra precautions must be taken. Once the entire building is completed, an asbestos inspection is once again done to ensure all asbestos-containing materials have been removed.

Before You Start Spring Cleaning – Have an Asbestos Test Your Property!

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Did you know that spring cleaning can disturb asbestos-containing materials? Asbestos fibers are mixed into other materials to make them more durable, heat resistant, and cost-effective. Asbestos was used in many different types of construction materials for homes and businesses throughout the United States. Even newer homes are being found to have asbestos. This is a rather new find, as most modern homes were believed to be safe from asbestos fibers. While there are regulations and laws to help protect us from asbestos exposure, materials are still finding their way into our homes and businesses. This is making it even more difficult to do basic tasks like spring cleaning without the fear of asbestos exposure.

During spring cleaning, you throw materials away, touchup older materials, and move items from one area to the next. All of these actions can cause asbestos fibers to break loose and float through the air, finding their way into your mouth and nose. Once asbestos fibers are ingested, they stay in your body. They begin to cause problems with your lungs and respiratory tract and can eventually lead to mesothelioma and even death. Asbestos exposure is very dangerous, and the only way to protect yourself is by knowing if your property has asbestos fibers present.

Asbestos testing is the only precise way to know if your home or business has asbestos-containing materials. Without a certified test, you would never know that you have the harmful substance inside your home. An asbestos inspection is completed on your home, where samples are taken and sent to a lab. The lab will test for asbestos. If your test comes back negative, you can continue with your spring cleaning; if it comes back positive, you will need to have the asbestos removed. Once removed, your home will undergo a final asbestos inspection to ensure all asbestos fibers have been removed.

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Asbestos Removal During the Spring – Is it a Good Idea?

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Asbestos removal is completed daily across the country. Even during the dead of winter asbestos removal is occurring. The question remains, is it best to have asbestos removed at a specific time of year? Of course, we all want perfect weather when doing our jobs, but that is not always the case. Asbestos is a serious and life-threatening fiber, meaning we complete asbestos removal year-round. Winter is difficult when trying to remove asbestos from roofing or siding, but indoor asbestos removal is not affected by the weather.

Spring Asbestos Removal

Spring is a beautiful time of year and perfect weather for asbestos removal. If you have asbestos on your property, you should never wait for a specific time of year to have it removed. By waiting, you are increasing the chances that you become exposed to asbestos. Asbestos exposure is extremely hazardous to your health. Asbestos exposure can cause:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural Thickening
  • Lung Cancer
  • Severe Respiratory Illnesses

As you can see, asbestos exposure can cause life-threatening illnesses, including death. As asbestos abatement removal specialists, we never want you to wait to have asbestos removed from your home or business. The risks of becoming exposed are too high.

If you know your property has asbestos-containing materials, they should be removed as soon as possible. We know that things happen, and money can be an issue, but the asbestos must be removed quickly. Asbestos fibers can quickly spread through your house as materials break down or become damaged. This can cause an entire family to become exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos removal professionals will work closely with the client to ensure their safety in removing the asbestos. During asbestos removal, the home will need to be vacated, as areas will need to be sealed off for the safe removal of the asbestos. Once completed, you will be able to return to your home and know it is asbestos-free!

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Winter Weather Damage Your Roof or Siding? You Could Be Exposed to Asbestos

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Winter weather can cause major damages to the exterior of your home. Your roofing and siding can easily become damaged and need repairs. Did you know that your roofing and siding could contain asbestos fibers? Most people have no clue that the exterior of their homes could have asbestos and that they could become exposed to the most deadly fiber in the world. 

Roofing

Roofing was one of the main areas that asbestos fibers were used. Asbestos fibers are relatively heat resistant and very durable. These are two things that are needed for a good roof. Your roof protects your home from the hot sun and other elements. It is no surprise that asbestos fibers were used in roofing shingles. Unfortunately, most do not know this and will be quick to remove the damaged shingles and replace it with a new one. While it seems simple enough, it can cause you to become exposed to asbestos. 

Siding

Siding is another area of concern when it comes to exterior asbestos exposure. Siding is meant to withstand a beating, and asbestos fibers allowed that to hold true. Damaged siding can be a bit more challenging to replace, but we know of many people who will do it themselves to save money. While you may be saving money, you could end up with asbestos exposure. 

What Should You Do?

When it comes to asbestos exposure is smart to let a licensed professional handle the siding and roofing, but how do you know if your home exterior does contain asbestos? There is only one true way to know if your siding or roofing has asbestos-containing materials. A professional asbestos abatement removal company will take samples and they will be tested for asbestos. If you enjoy home remodeling, it would be a good idea to have an asbestos test completed. That way, you can have the peace of mind knowing your home is safe and that you do not risk asbestos exposure.

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What Types of Asbestos Could Be Inside My Home?

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Asbestos could be lurking in and around your home, and you would never know! Asbestos cannot be seen without a microscope, and it is impossible to know if it is part of your construction materials, unless an asbestos test is completed. This makes asbestos inside your home very dangerous. Asbestos fibers become disturbed through remodels, general wear and tear, and home disasters. Once the asbestos-containing materials become disturbed, they can move from room to room and expose your family.

Asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other dangerous respiratory diseases. Below we will discuss the types of asbestos that could be inside your home.

Amosite

The second most common type of asbestos fiber is called amosite. It has been used for centuries in different types of materials. Amosite is a sharp type of asbestos fiber that can easily become stuck inside your lung’s stomach, where it will sit for years until symptoms show. Amosite was used in construction materials and different consumer products.

Chrysotile

The most common type of asbestos fiber is called chrysotile. It was used in many different types of materials over the years, including insulation. This type of asbestos can be found on over 90% of homes and buildings throughout the United States. The fibers are bendy and somewhat white in color. Many workers still come into contact with chrysotile daily. It is a hazardous type of asbestos.

Tremolite

Tremolite is not as common as amosite and chrysotile, but it has still been used in many products over the years. Tremolite fibers resemble amosite. They are also sharp but can come in different hues.

All six types of asbestos are dangerous, but the above three were used in construction, consumer products, and textiles throughout the years. If your home is older, it is vital that you have it tested for asbestos. Asbestos is known to cause many types of cancer and can lead to death.

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Asbestos in Siding – Safe Removal

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Asbestos has been utilized in thousands of different types of construction materials over the years, but many people forget about is the properties siding. Asbestos has been used in siding and other exterior products like roofing for decades. If you own an older home, it most likely has asbestos-containing materials somewhere on the interior or exterior. While asbestos siding and roofing aren’t as significant of a threat as asbestos inside the home, the danger is still there. One asbestos fiber can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other significant illnesses.

Should I Remove Asbestos Siding

We are often asked if asbestos siding should be removed. The answer is always, YES! Any form of asbestos should be removed from your property. It is a hazardous material that can affect your entire household. It can cause cancer and death. Asbestos is dangerous. Asbestos siding is no different. It is a dangerous material that can make you extremely sick. If your home is older and has not been tested for asbestos, it should be. Once tested, you will know if you need to have the asbestos removed from your property.

Can I Remove it Myself?

Removing and disposing of asbestos without the proper licenses is illegal in the United States. This means you should never remove asbestos and to always call an asbestos abatement company. They use respirators, seal off areas, and wear special clothing to ensure no asbestos fibers escape into the air around them. This is done for their safety and the safety of those in the general area. Asbestos fibers are small and can float in the air and enter your body through your nose or mouth. Asbestos exposure can easily occur, and you will not know for years or even decades that you were exposed. For these reasons, you should never attempt to remove the asbestos yourself!

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Asbestos and Our Futures

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It is 2020, and asbestos is still a growing concern in the United States. Asbestos has still not been banned, and there are growing numbers of asbestos-related illnesses. Asbestos is still entering the United States in consumer products and construction materials. Asbestos is being found in schools, homes, and military bases throughout the United States. With these problems, it isn’t unfair to wonder what the future is for the United States and asbestos? Will asbestos eventually be banned completely? Will the asbestos-related illnesses begin to diminish?

Asbestos use in the United States has slowed dramatically since the 70s and 80s, but we are still being affected by asbestos exposure. Construction workers, miners, and other blue-collar industries were at the highest risk and still are. Even with the newer regulations and laws, asbestos exposure is still occurring throughout the United States. Most exposure is still happening through workplaces, but a growing amount of exposure is through homes. With older homes going through remodels, it is easy to become exposed, especially if you have not had an asbestos test completed.

A simple remodel on asbestos-containing materials can expose an entire household. The terrifying part is not knowing if you have been exposed and waiting to see if an asbestos-related illness will show up decades later. Asbestos exposure and the diseases that stem from it, never occur immediately. Many times it is ten to seventy years later.

While rules are in place at most facilities that work around asbestos, there are still people who fail to follow the regulations and standards. These people are the reasons people are still being exposed to asbestos. Until the United States entirely bans asbestos and workers take rules and regulations seriously, asbestos will continue to be a growing concern.

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Common Types of Asbestos Fibers

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All types of asbestos are dangerous and hazardous to your health, but three common types of asbestos are used in construction. In total, there are six forms of asbestos fibers. However, we will be discussing the three most used in homes and businesses in the United States. All asbestos fibers are very tiny and cannot be easily seen. That is what makes asbestos so dangerous. You cannot see it and only know if your property has it through testing. Once exposed, it can take decades for a warning sign to arise. Asbestos is often called a silent killer because of this.

Chrysotile

Chrysotile is the most frequently used type of asbestos and was used in most types of construction, textiles, and friction materials. It is known to be in 95% of asbestos-containing materials in the United States. If you look under a microscope, you can see the chrysotile fibers, and they are white in color, curly, and very flexible.

Amosite

Amosite is the second most common asbestos fiber used in construction materials. The fibers resemble needles and are very sharp. These fibers can quickly become trapped in the lungs or stomach once they enter your body. They can enter your body through the mouth of your nose.

Tremolite

Tremolite is the 3rd most commonly used asbestos fiber. These fibers range in color and can be green and even white. Tremolite fibers are sharp like amosite and can quickly become trapped in your lungs or stomach, where they can cause significant illnesses.

The above three types of asbestos have been known to cause devastating illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. These types of asbestos fibers were used in all types of building materials for decades, and many homes and businesses still contain asbestos fibers. If you believe your home or business contains asbestos, contact an asbestos abatement professional as soon as you can!

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Purchasing a Home? Complete an Asbestos Inspection Before Purchase!

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Purchasing a new home is a significant milestone in your life. It will be the place you raise your children, spend holidays, make memories, and grow old. Your home is a place you should feel protected. If you are looking into purchasing a home, you should consider having an asbestos test completed. During the purchasing process, a lot of inspections are completed on your home, but one that is often overlooked is the asbestos inspection. While your home’s foundation is important, it is also essential to have it tested for asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos fibers are known to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. These types of cancer can lead to death. Before signing any papers, make sure you have an asbestos inspection completed.

Asbestos Inspections

Asbestos inspections are not at the top of the list when it comes to purchasing a new home, but it should be. Older homes are likely to contain asbestos, but even more modern homes have tested positive for asbestos-containing materials. If the home you are planning to purchase tests positive for asbestos, you will need to discuss options with the seller. Most times the seller will pay to have the asbestos removed from the property. This is the easiest and best option for you, but sometimes they will take the cost of asbestos removal and subtract it from the amount of your loan. This is also an option you may consider. Never sign any purchasing agreements until you have ironed out the details of asbestos removal. If the home tests negative, you should be excited to move in and raise your family in your asbestos-free home. For your peace of mind, make sure you have all inspections completed on the home you want to purchase– this will save you money and stress years down the line!

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Asbestos Removal and Dumping Is Illegal- Call a Professional!

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Asbestos has been in the news frequently over the last decade. Studies have shown that asbestos exposure is linked to cancers and other diseases. With those studies have come laws and regulations to help protect individuals from the damages of asbestos exposure. But, did you know that the removal of asbestos is illegal without the right certifications? Regulations now state that it is illegal to remove and dump asbestos without specific licenses and certifications. It is critical to understand these regulations, as you could end up with significant fines from home remodels or handyman jobs.

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos fibers are incredibly hazardous to your health and can cause respiratory problems, cancer, and death. Home remodels are one of the ways many people become exposed to asbestos. Without proper testing, there is no way to know if your home contains asbestos. Remodeling is commonly completed by a do-it-yourself, or DIY, person in your home. Without knowing, they could be spreading asbestos fibers all across your home and neighborhood. This often leads to the accidental disposal of asbestos-containing materials without the proper licenses.

This becomes a problem because it puts a lot of people in jeopardy. Landfills have particular areas for asbestos-containing materials. These areas are monitored very carefully and are secured to ensure no fibers escape. If you dump these materials in another area, a lot of people will likely become exposed to asbestos.

While a home remodel can be a fun activity, it is vital to have an asbestos test completed on your home before your remodel. This will protect you and your family from the risk of asbestos exposure. If you already suspect or know for sure that your home contains asbestos, call a professional. Never try to remove asbestos yourself. Special respirators, suits, and equipment are used to ensure the asbestos fibers are contained, removed, and disposed of in a controlled manner.