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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.

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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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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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What is Asbestos Abatement and Do I Need It?

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Asbestos abatement covers a wide range of services that helps to prevent asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers are known to cause hazardous illnesses, cancers, and even death. Our job is to ensure your safety and education when it comes to asbestos. Below, we will discuss what asbestos abatement services are and why you need them.

Asbestos Inspections and Testing

Asbestos inspections and tests are always completed before asbestos removal. Without the proper testing and inspection procedures, you would not know where the asbestos materials were centralized on your property. Asbestos inspections and testing are very thorough tests that are lab certified. If you have asbestos, your asbestos abatement professional will discuss options with you.

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos removal falls under two categories: commercial and residential. Residential asbestos removal is vastly different from commercial asbestos removal. Removing asbestos on a larger scale can be more difficult. It can also be difficult when the removal must take place in a business that needs to be open. In these cases, large areas are secured to ensure no asbestos fibers can escape. Commercial asbestos removal takes a lot of planning and time. Residential asbestos abatement can usually be completed in a day or two, depending on the amount of asbestos-containing materials that are present.

Once the asbestos removal takes place, the area will be inspected once more by a certified asbestos abatement professional to ensure all asbestos is removed and that the area is safe to inhabit.

Asbestos may only be removed by professional asbestos abatement companies that are certified. Special licenses are needed for the removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. Removal and disposal of asbestos without the proper permits is illegal and could result in substantial fines or jail time. If your property contains asbestos, play it safe and call the professionals!