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Asbestos Inspections – Why Are They Important?

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Asbestos is still a problem in the United States, as it is not fully banned. Trace amounts of asbestos are allowed in different products, including construction materials. This is a problem because many people do not think that their newer homes could contain asbestos when, in reality, they might. Even trace amounts of asbestos can cause exposure and major respiratory illnesses. Below we will discuss the importance of asbestos inspections and proper testing.

Asbestos Inspections

Asbestos inspections and testing are a crucial part of your home inspections. When purchasing and selling a home, certain inspections are required. However, asbestos inspections are generally not on the list of requirements. Asbestos has been used in construction materials for decades and could be located on your property without your knowledge. The only way to know if your property does have asbestos-containing materials is through an asbestos test and inspection. These inspections are completed by certified asbestos abatement professionals. During the inspection, samples ill be taken from different areas of your property. Once the samples are collected, they will be secured and sent to a lab for accurate testing. Once the results of your asbestos test come back, options will be discussed if you have asbestos.

Asbestos inspections and testing are very important if you are purchasing a home or own a home that has yet to be tested. If you are purchasing a home, it is best to know if the property has asbestos. If so, you can ask that the seller remove the asbestos. Asbestos is very dangerous and can cause major illnesses to adults and children alike. To protect your family, an asbestos inspection and test are necessary, as you cannot see asbestos. Asbestos testing is the only way to know for sure if your property and family are safe from asbestos exposure.

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Asbestos and The Common Places It May Be on Your Property!

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Asbestos was used frequently in homes and businesses until the late 80s and early 90s. Unfortunately, asbestos is not banned in the United States and is still being found in newer properties. Home and business owners must know where asbestos could be hiding. Asbestos-containing materials can be found throughout homes and businesses, on the interior and the exterior. Below, we will discuss the everyday places we find asbestos.

Insulation

Insulation is the number one material that was made with asbestos. Asbestos is heat resistant and exceptionally durable. This makes asbestos perfect for insulation. Asbestos was used for years in insulation, and we are still finding homes and businesses that have copious amounts of asbestos-containing insulation.

Tiles and Flooring

As we mentioned above, asbestos is a durable fiber. Flooring experiences a lot of traffic, and your flooring and tile needs to be durable, so asbestos was great. Older flooring may contain asbestos, so you should never attempt to remove it yourself.

Roofs

Roofing shingles are exposed to the sun, rain, snow, and other elements each day. Asbestos, being heat resistant and durable, made it perfect for bonding roofing shingles together. If you have an older roof, it could have asbestos, making you at risk for asbestos exposure.

Textured Walls and Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings and textured walls were originally completed using asbestos. While this practice is not used anymore, it would be wise to have any textured areas of your home or business tested.

Drywall

Drywall is used throughout your home or business and may contain asbestos. Asbestos was common as a bonding agent for drywall.

Older homes and businesses are at a greater risk of having asbestos, but we see newer properties containing asbestos. As a property owner, it is wise to have your home tested for asbestos. It not only shows your home or business is safe for future remodels, but it also ensures the safety of anyone entering your property!

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Asbestos Removal – When is the Perfect Time for Asbestos Removal?

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Find out that you have asbestos in your home or business can be stressful. This is especially the cause if you are very unfamiliar with asbestos and its many dangers. When should you have it removed? Am I at risk of exposure? How dangerous is asbestos? These are all valid questions that we will answer. Asbestos is highly dangerous, as it can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure also causes severe respiratory illnesses. Asbestos fibers are very hazardous and should be avoided at all costs.

When Is The Best Time For Asbestos Removal?

When it comes to asbestos, there is no time like the present. Asbestos should be removed from the property immediately to ensure no one becomes exposed. If your home or business suffers from asbestos, it is not in our best interest to wait for Summer, Spring, or Fall. While Summer has excellent weather and a lot less rain, any time is a good time for asbestos removal, since it is such a risk to your health and well being. Removing asbestos is a complex job that requires planning. Your asbestos abatement professional will work closely with you to find the perfect time to remove the asbestos from your property.

Asbestos Abatement Services removes asbestos 365 days a year. Our team works around the weather and can remove asbestos during any season from both residential and commercial properties. We have the proper knowledge and equipment to ensure the asbestos-containing materials are safely removed from your property. If you are still unsure or uneasy about the process, it is fine to ask questions. We want you to feel comfortable during the asbestos removal process. From start to finish, our team will be available to answer all questions and keep you informed of the process.

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Asbestos and Childhood Exposure – Yes, It Is A Possibility!

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If we told you children were being diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses, would you believe us? We are now seeing an influx of childhood cases of mesothelioma and cancer from asbestos exposure. You may ask us how is this possible? Aren’t people usually exposed at their jobs? While most cases of asbestos exposure happen at job sites, it is becoming more common for secondary asbestos exposure to occur. We are seeing more women and children with asbestos-related illnesses. The numbers are shocking. Asbestos Abatement Services wants to keep you safe, so we will discuss a few ways better to protect your family and children from asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Testing

It is crucial that you have an asbestos test completed on your property. It does not matter if the property is newly built or from the 1980s. There is still a chance the home contains asbestos. Asbestos has not been entirely banned in the United States and is still being used in some construction materials. Even though the amounts are small, it can still cause exposure.

What Should You Do If A Member Of Your Family Works Near Asbestos?

Laws and regulations have been enacted to safeguard workers from asbestos exposure. However, this is not always the case. Many times, the source of asbestos exposure is unknown and could have happened at the worksite. Work clothes, shoes, and lunch bags can easily contain asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are hook-like and can attach and latch on to clothing. Once on clothing, the asbestos can enter your home. Once inside the home, it can become attached to you and your children’s clothes. The best way to offer protection is to change clothes and shower before you leave the job site. You should also wash your work clothes separately from other clothes.
As you can see, there are a few ways children can become exposed to asbestos. By taking the proper precautions, you should be able to protect your family from asbestos exposure.

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Asbestos Remediation – When do I Call the Professionals?

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The thought of asbestos removal and remediation services can seem daunting, but with the right company, asbestos removal can be stress-free. Asbestos Abatement Services knows how stressful finding out your home or business has asbestos can be. Luckily, we are certified asbestos abatement professionals and have all the answers to the many questions you may have.

When Should I Call an Asbestos Abatement Professional?

If you live in an older home that has never been tested for asbestos, it is crucial that you call an asbestos professional. Older homes are likely to contain asbestos, and the risk of you being exposed is exceptionally high. If you have recently purchased a home and an asbestos inspection was not completed, you should contact an asbestos professional. Newer homes and properties are turning up positive for asbestos.

If your home or business has already tested positive for asbestos, you should call an asbestos abatement professional immediately. Attempting to remove asbestos-containing materials without the proper licenses and certifications is illegal. It is also illegal to dump or dispose of any contaminated materials without the right licenses. These mineral fibers are not visible, so removing it can be tricky if you do not know what you are doing. You could possibly leave asbestos fibers inside your home or business, exposing yourself and everyone in the area.

Asbestos abatement professionals all use special equipment to remove asbestos. They have respirators, suits, and other equipment to seal off areas for asbestos removal. Asbestos abatement professionals are trained to keep the asbestos contained during removal and disposal, ensuring no one is exposed to the hazardous substance.

If you believe or know your home or property has asbestos, call an asbestos abatement professional for remediation services as soon as possible. Asbestos exposure causes many severe illnesses like cancer.

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Asbestos Inspections and Purchasing a New Property

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Purchasing a new home or property is very exciting, but with it comes inspections. Inspections should always be completed on any home or property you intend to purchase. Most people know of the basic inspections that check the foundation, roof, and general construction, but what about asbestos inspections? Asbestos inspections are not required and or generally not requested by the seller or purchaser. Below, we will discuss the importance of an asbestos inspection before purchasing any property.

What is an Asbestos Inspection?

Asbestos inspections are comprehensive. A certified asbestos abatement professional will inspect the property for asbestos. They will check over the entire property and collect samples of materials. These samples will be sent to a lab for reliable results. Once the results are returned, your asbestos abatement contractor will discuss the findings. If the property does contain asbestos, they will go over plans to remove the asbestos.

Why is an Asbestos Inspection Necessary?

When purchasing a new property, it is crucial that you know of any problems the home has. This is the main reason that asbestos inspections are so important. They will let know if the home you are purchasing contains the dangerous substance. Asbestos exposure is linked to many illnesses such as mesothelioma, other cancers, respiratory problems that can all lead to death. Knowing if you have asbestos on the property will enable you to make educated decisions about the home before you purchase. If there is asbestos on the property, you can ask the seller to have it removed, or you can ask for a reduction in the cost of the property. There are many options available that should be discussed before you sign any purchasing agreements.

If you are looking to purchase or sell a home, an asbestos test should be on your to-do list. An asbestos inspection could easily save you and your family from deadly illnesses!

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Illegal Dumping of Asbestos – It is A Problem

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Asbestos is understood to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and respiratory illnesses, yet it is still being mishandled. All the dangers have caused regulations and laws to be put in place to protect people from asbestos exposure, yet those laws are not being followed. Asbestos removal requires special licensing, as does the disposal of asbestos. Without the licenses, you cannot legally remove or dispose of any asbestos-containing materials.

In the United States, we are seeing people illegally dumping asbestos. This is punishable by a fine as it is illegal, but it is also putting people at risk. Asbestos exposure can occur from even trace amounts of asbestos fibers. Some do not know they are removing asbestos-containing materials, but more often than not, it is known. Commercial properties must have their buildings tested for asbestos before any remodels, or demolition is completed.

We see a lot of contractors and businesses bypass this crucial step and continue with the remodel or demolition. While this may be saving them a small amount of money, it could be endangering the lives of many people. Illegally removing asbestos does not just harm the contractors and other workers, but it can harm innocent people who live or work nearby.

Asbestos fibers can soar through the air and enter homes and businesses in the vicinity. On top of that, once removed, workers will dispose of it. This can lead to further exposure. Workers will pick up and remove the trash and debris and may unknowingly be exposed to asbestos.

Until asbestos is banned in the United States, and people follow the regulations and rules, there will be a chance of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is highly dangerous and should be treated as a danger to everyone. If you own a business, make sure to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the United States. It could save many lives. Always hire a professional asbestos removal company!

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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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.