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When Is It Time To Hire An Asbestos Abatement Professional?

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Hiring an asbestos professional can be stressful and confusing. When is the right time to hire an asbestos abatement company? Why Should I hire an asbestos abatement company? Can I remove asbestos myself? Below, we will answer your questions and explain the importance of an asbestos abatement professional.

Asbestos Removal

If your property has asbestos-containing materials, it is crucial to contact an asbestos abatement professional. If your home has been tested and there is asbestos, you will need to have it removed for your and your family’s safety. Asbestos is highly dangerous and could expose you and your family, leading to severe illnesses later in life.

Remodels

If you own an older property, it is important to have the property tested for asbestos before you begin a remodel. A certified asbestos abatement professional can test your property to ensure it is free from asbestos. If there is asbestos, they will be able to remove it safely so that you do not risk exposure.

Commercial Demolitions

Another important time to hire an asbestos abatement professional is before you demolish a commercial building. Older commercial properties contain asbestos. A certified asbestos abatement contractor needs to be present so that they can safely contain the asbestos before the demolition takes place. Asbestos fibers are tiny and can float into the air during a demolition, causing exposure to neighbors.

You Own An Older Home

It needs to be tested for asbestos if you own an older home, as it likely contains asbestos. Asbestos-containing materials were used in insulation, roofing, wallpaper, and even flooring. If these materials begin to break down from wear and tear, they can cause exposure.

Asbestos Abatement Services provides asbestos inspections and removal services for commercial and residential properties.

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The Top Places You Will Find Asbestos In Your Home

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Your home has a lot of different materials that were used during the building process. It is no surprise that your house could have asbestos in several different areas of the property. Asbestos Abatement Services wants you always to be prepared and knowledgeable of asbestos and its harmful effects. Below, we will discuss the top places you may find asbestos in the home.
Insulation in Walls and Attics

Insulation is the most commonly found asbestos-containing material. We see a lot of insulation that contains asbestos. Older homes are at more of a risk, as it was the first choice for insulation for decades. If your home is older and has not had the insulation replaced, it will likely contain the harmful fiber known as asbestos.

Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Walls

Popcorn ceilings and textured walls were popular during the 80s and 90s. Most homes were built with one or the other, or even both! Today, most textured walls are created using sand, but asbestos was the choice for many years. If your property contains popcorn ceiling or textured walls, contact an asbestos abatement professional before attempting removal.

Drywall

Drywall is used for most walls in your home. It is a scary thought that all the walls in your home could contain asbestos, but this could very well be the case. Asbestos was used in all types of wallboards, including drywall and panels.

Gaskets For Hot Water Heaters and HVAC Units

Asbestos was used because of its resistance to heat. This made asbestos perfect for gaskets and other packings for HVAC units, hot water heaters, and other areas that could become hot.

Floor Tile

Flooring, especially floor tiles, used asbestos fibers because they were durable and could stand up to the everyday wear and tear that flooring receives. If your property has older floor tiles, it is best to have them tested before removing them.

Roofing

As we stated above, asbestos was used because it was heat resistant. This should come as no surprise that it was used in roofing shingles. We see roofing shingles on newer and older properties that contain asbestos.
If you are looking to remodel your older property, contact an asbestos professional for an inspection. Asbestos exposure can cause lasting effects on your health for years to come.

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Asbestos Removal and Your Property – 5 Tips to Help You Be Better Prepared!

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Learning that your property has asbestos can be terrifying! This is, even more the case as we see more and more about asbestos and the risks it poses to you and your family. Cancer is a scary word, and asbestos can cause mesothelioma and lung cancer. Knowing that can send you into a panic. Luckily, Asbestos Abatement Services has some tips to better prepare you for the removal of asbestos from your property.

You Will Need to Leave Your Home

For the safety of you and your family, you will be asked to leave the property for the entirety of the asbestos removal process. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and can be easily ingested. Our team will wear respirators and other equipment for their protection. We never want to risk exposing you or your family.

Asbestos Removal Will Be Completed in Phases

Depending on the amount of asbestos in your home, it could take more than a day for removal. Asbestos removal is completed in phases where the area is sealed, and the asbestos is removed. Once removed, it is contained for safe disposal. This is done so that asbestos fibers do not escape to other areas of the property.

Asbestos Will Be Removed and Discarded in A Safe Fashion

A certified and licensed asbestos abatement professional will remove and dispose of the asbestos-containing materials. It is unlawful to remove or dispose of asbestos without the proper licenses. You can rest assured that the asbestos-containing materials will be removed safely and that your home will be safe upon your return.

Your Home Will Be Inspected Once Removal Is Completed

Once the asbestos-containing materials have been removed, the area will be inspected. This is to ensure no asbestos is left behind. We want your property to be safe, and one way we do that is through asbestos inspections.

Asbestos May Be in Your Insulation, Walls, and Even Roof

Asbestos-containing materials could be in all areas of your home. This surprised most people. We may have to remove parts of your roof, walls, and even your insulation. While it is shocking, it is also great to know your property is safe from the dangers of asbestos exposure and the many illnesses it causes!

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Is Asbestos Exposure a Concern in My Own Home?

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Your home is supposed to be your safe haven. It is where you raise your family. It should be the safest place on the planet, but asbestos could pose a very dangerous risk to everyone in your home. Most people think of asbestos exposure as occurring on the job. This was the case for decades. Most cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses were a result of occupations, such as miners, construction workers, and shipyard workers. After a while, healthcare professionals started seeing cases of women and children with asbestos-related illnesses. This was when it became more recognized that asbestos was used in construction materials of homes.

Asbestos in homes is not new and has been around since the 70s. It is just now becoming more known to the public because of lawsuits involving asbestos. Your home, whether it is older or newer, could contain asbestos fibers in the construction materials. While this may sound terrifying, there are ways to test your home. Asbestos Abatement Services provides asbestos testing, inspections, and asbestos removal from homes. If your property has never been inspected for asbestos-containing materials, it should be at the top of your list. This is especially the case if you are planning any home remodels construction work or do-it-yourself projects. Asbestos becomes a concern when it is disturbed. This can occur from wear and tear or remodeling.

Once asbestos has been disturbed, it becomes even more dangerous. Asbestos fibers are minuscule and not able to be seen. This allows the dangerous material to enter your lungs through your mouth or lungs, where it can cause a variety of illnesses and even cancers such as mesothelioma. If you own your home, the best thing you can do is have it inspected for asbestos.

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Should My Asbestos Be Removed Immediately?

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When it comes to asbestos, there are various concerns, but most people do not fully realize the danger of asbestos and asbestos exposure. At Asbestos Abatement Services, we are here to give you the information you need to better protect you and your family from asbestos exposure and possible mesothelioma.

When Is the Best Time To Have Asbestos Removed?

If you have had an asbestos test administered by a reputable company and it comes back as positive, it is important to know your options. Most companies will walk you through the process and give you a plan of action if your property contains asbestos. Asbestos is removed at all times of the year because it is such a hazard to your health. Asbestos should be eliminated as soon as possible from your property. However, some situations can give you a little breathing room with removal times.

Friable and non-friable asbestos are both highly dangerous, but friable asbestos is the worst. If your property has friable asbestos, it means that you are at the greatest risk of exposure. Friable asbestos has already begun to breakdown and can cause exposure at any time. If you have non-friable asbestos, it doesn’t mean it should stay on your property, but it is not as big of a priority as friable asbestos. Non-friable asbestos could become friable at any time and expose those that are on the property. It is best to have asbestos removed quickly and through a certified asbestos abatement company!

When we are discussing plans of action with our clients, we want the asbestos removed as soon as possible, as it is always at risk of becoming friable. Asbestosis very dangerous and causes cancers and other life-threatening diseases. If at all possible, never wait to have the asbestos removed from your property.

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Residential Asbestos Abatement – When Should You Call An Asbestos Professional?

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Residential properties are just as likely to have asbestos as commercial buildings. This is especially the case if the home is older. Homes built before 1990 are far more likely to contain asbestos than those build in the more recent years. Asbestos is still being used to some degree in construction materials, as we are still finding asbestos in newly built homes. What should you do if you are unsure your home has asbestos?

If your home is older, it is vital that you have an asbestos test completed as soon as possible. A certified asbestos abatement professional will inspect your property and retrieve samples from construction materials around the property. Once the samples are collected, they are sent to a special lab for testing. These tests are highly accurate and will let you know if your property contains asbestos. As of now, we recommend an asbestos test to all residential properties, even newer ones. You can never be too safe when it comes to asbestos exposure.

If you know your residential property has asbestos, it is important to contact an asbestos abatement professional as soon as possible. They will be able to develop a plan of action for the safe removal and disposal of the asbestos. Asbestos removal is an extensive process that could take time. You will be asked to leave the property until the asbestos is fully removed. Asbestos exposure caused illnesses such as cancer, so it is important to leave the premises until the asbestos is removed.

Asbestos abatement professionals seal off areas and wear special suits and respirators while removing asbestos. This is the only safe way to remove asbestos and ensure it does not travel through the air and expose anyone else.

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Demolition and Asbestos Abatement Procedures

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Demolition of properties happens daily all over the United States. It is a commonplace to destroy older buildings and structures to clear area for a newer property. While it is normal, specific procedures are put into place to protect us from asbestos exposure. Below, we will discuss what happens when asbestos is found on a property that is to be demolished.

Before demolition can take place on older properties, they must have an asbestos test. An asbestos test is a very thorough test that is performed by a certified asbestos abatement professional. Samples of the property are gathered and sent to a lab for testing. If the property has asbestos, there will need to be an asbestos abatement contractor team present for the demolition.

Asbestos exposure is very serious, and steps must be taken to ensure that no one is exposed during the demolition. Licensed asbestos abatement professionals complete this. The asbestos contractors will wear special suits and respirators as they seal off areas that contain asbestos. Once the areas are sealed, they will begin the abatement process. This process can be time-consuming, depending on how much asbestos-containing materials are present. Once the asbestos has been removed and sealed for disposal, that demolition team can come in and finish the demolition process.

Asbestos fibers are very small and can drift in the air. This is why it is so crucial to have an asbestos contractor for the demolition of older buildings. They ensure that no one in the vicinity is exposed to the dangerous fiber known as asbestos. If you own an older building or structure, it is vital that you have an asbestos test completed on the house, even if you are not planning to demolish it. Knowing that there is asbestos on the property and planning for removal is the smartest decision you can make.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Asbestos

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Asbestos has become quite a hot topic, but what do you really know about asbestos? Asbestos Abatement Services has all the information to educate you on asbestos better and the real dangers. Below we will discuss five things you need to know about asbestos and its dangers to society.

Friable VS Non-Friable Asbestos

Asbestos is dangerous, but there are two categories of dangers. Friable and non-friable asbestos are the two categories that asbestos-containing materials are grouped into. Friable asbestos is the most risky, as it is already beginning to breakdown and could cause exposure at any moment. Non-friable asbestos is still dangerous but not an immediate threat. Non-friable asbestos has not been disturbed but still needs to be removed.

Asbestos Could Be Inside Your Home

All homes could contain asbestos, even newly built ones. If you own an older home, it is far more likely to contain asbestos, but newer homes are also being found to contain asbestos. The only sure way to know is through a professional asbestos abatement test. These tests are very comprehensive and are sent to a lab for confirmation.

Asbestos Is Still Being Used In Products

The United States has not banned asbestos in products. Products are still being imported that contain trace amounts of asbestos. While this may not seem like a huge problem, even small amounts of asbestos fibers can cause devastating illnesses.

Asbestos Caused Deadly Illnesses

Asbestos caused severe illnesses such as cancer. Mesothelioma is only caused by asbestos fibers, while lung cancer is also a known illness from exposure. Asbestos exposure caused respiratory illnesses that can become deadly.

Asbestos Testing Is Available

Asbestos testing can be completed on any building in the United States. This is the only real way to know if you have asbestos-containing materials on your property. If you are unsure, have a test completed by a certified asbestos professional.

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Asbestos Abatement – When Should You Call A Professional?

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Do you have asbestos on your property? Are you unsure? Are you planning a remodel? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should call a professional asbestos abatement contractor. Asbestos was used in homes and businesses into the 90s. Even though regulations have been put into place, we are still finding asbestos in newer homes and businesses in the United States. Asbestos was never banned entirely, meaning some items still contain the dangerous fiber.

Do I Need an Asbestos Abatement Professional?

If there is a chance your home or business contains asbestos, you need to call a professional, such as Asbestos Abatement Services. If your home or business has never been tested for asbestos, you need to call a professional. Asbestos exposure is a very real danger and could affect your life for years to come. If your property does contain asbestos, it is crucial that you call an asbestos contractor immediately. Never attempt asbestos removal, as you risk exposure, and it is illegal without the proper certifications. If you are planning a remodel or new construction on your property, call an asbestos abatement professional. Before you start any remodels, even smaller ones, your property should be tested for asbestos. Asbestos is a silent killer. You cannot see it and will not know if you have been exposed.

Asbestos removal contractors have the ability to test your property and provide asbestos removal if needed. Asbestos testing is the one way to know if your property contains asbestos. Asbestos removal is done by professionals who have the proper clothing, ventilators, and equipment to remove the asbestos and transport it for safe disposal safely. Asbestos is known to cause many different illnesses, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, respiratory problems, and pleural effusions.

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Asbestos and The Dangers it Poses to Your Home

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With the latest information circling around about asbestos, it is no surprise that people are learning to fear asbestos exposure. While this can be scary for many people, it is great that more people are becoming more aware of asbestos exposure and its many dangers. Does your home have asbestos? If so, what type of dangers could it cause? Asbestos Abatement Services has the answers below!

What are the dangers of asbestos in my home?

The main danger you risk is exposure. While it may not sound bad, it is. Asbestos exposure is different than other types of exposures and illnesses. Once asbestos enters your body, it latches on and stays there. One time of asbestos exposure can cause respiratory problems, heart issues, and even cancer. Unfortunately, asbestos exposure symptoms do not appear as soon as you are exposed. In some cases, symptoms do not occur for decades. This is what makes asbestos exposure so dangerous.

If your home has asbestos-containing materials, you run the risk of exposing your entire family without their knowledge. Asbestos cannot be seen, as it is exceedingly small and mixed with other materials to construct your home. Luckily, there are tests that will reveal if your home has any asbestos on the property. Asbestos abatement professionals are certified to complete testing on your property that is then sent to a laboratory for testing. If your property contains asbestos, the professionals will help you determine the right way to remove the asbestos. Asbestos-containing materials cannot stay in your home. As they breakdown or become worn or damaged, they become dangerous. Once damaged, you risk exposure. Asbestos can be in your drywall, wallpaper, flooring, roofing, and even insulation. Asbestos is very dangerous to your home and family, as it can cause mesothelioma and other life-threatening illnesses.