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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!

Room in home in the middle of a remodel

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!

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Insulation and Roofing – Two Common Places that Contain Asbestos

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Asbestos is common in older homes, but two areas that are most concerning is the insulation and roofing. Insulation may contain asbestos. The second is roofing materials. These two areas are often overlooked when it comes to remodeling. Roofing and insulation are usually not replaced, meaning the home or business could still contain harmful asbestos fibers. Before completing any type of remodel, you should have your home or property checked to ensure it is free from asbestos-containing materials.

Insulation

Insulation is known to contain one of the most dangerous types of asbestos fibers. Over time, this insulation can either breakdown from wear and tear or become disturbed during renovations. If it is disturbed or broken down, it can cause the asbestos fibers to disperse through the air and into other parts of your property, where it can be ingested through your mouth or nose.

Roofing

Roofing materials are also commonplace to have asbestos-containing materials. While roofing is on the exterior of your property, asbestos fibers can enter your home and affect everyone inside. It is important to have your home roofing tested if it is older or if you are having any roof remodeling completed. Broken shingles or roof damage can occur at any time from storms. This can cause asbestos-containing materials to become disturbed.

Insulation and roofing are the most common places that contain asbestos; however, other areas of your property may contain asbestos. Asbestos is known to be in many different construction materials that could be inside your home. If your home is older or you are planning a remodel, it is crucial to have the property tested for asbestos. This not only protects you, but it also protects your family and neighbors from the risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure can cause life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and respiratory distress.

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Children and Asbestos Exposure

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When you think of asbestos exposure, you think of people, mainly men, who have worked in construction, shipyards, railroads, are the military. You don’t think of children. However, we are now seeing an influx of children and women that are showing signs of asbestos exposure. How is this possible? Below, we will discuss a few ways children are becoming exposed to asbestos.

Secondary Exposure

Many children that have asbestos-related illnesses were exposed through secondary exposure. Secondary exposure of asbestos can happen in different ways, but it is mainly through family member’s clothes. If they work in a field where asbestos fibers are common, they likely bring those fibers home on their clothing and shoes. This means there are asbestos fibers in their car and inside the home. If the family member hugs their children when they arrive home, it is even more likely they become exposed.

Home

The next place that children often become exposed to asbestos is through their own homes. If the home contains asbestos, the entire family will likely become exposed at some point in their lives. Old homes have more asbestos-containing materials, but some newer homes have also been found to have asbestos fibers. If you have children in the home, you must have the home tested for asbestos through a licensed professional.

Children are becoming exposed to asbestos, and the diseases are showing up at an earlier age than when adults are exposed. It is believed that children are more likely to develop an asbestos-related illness if they are exposed early in life, compared to older adults. If you have children, it is crucial to ensure their safety when it comes to asbestos fibers. Before doing any remodels or renovations, have your home tested for asbestos.

If you have a member of your family that works in a field where asbestos exposure could happen, ensure they are careful. They can shower and change clothes at their job or ensure they do not touch children until after they have taken a shower.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Asbestos!

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Asbestos may be banned in the United States, but it is still being found in older properties and some products. Asbestos Abatement Services has five facts that you may not know about asbestos. Asbestos education is vital to ensure that asbestos exposure stays at a minimum.

Some Products Still Contain Asbestos

While we do know some construction materials still contain asbestos, some products are not construction related that have asbestos. Toys, makeup, powder, and tape have recently been found to contain asbestos fibers. Most of these products are not made in the United States. However, it is important to know that some items may contain asbestos without you knowing. It is essential to do research and be better educated on asbestos.

Asbestos is Not a Real Threat Until it is Friable

Friable asbestos is asbestos-containing materials that have become damaged through a remodel, or from wear and tear. Once asbestos-containing materials become friable, you and your family can be exposed to asbestos. All asbestos must be removed from your property before it becomes friable. Once friable, it becomes airborne and can be ingested by anyone in the vicinity.

Asbestos Exposure Does Not Have Immediate Symptoms

Asbestos fibers tend to stay dormant in your body for decades. No one is sure why, but it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for asbestos to show up in the form of mesothelioma or asbestosis. This is what makes asbestos so dangerous. You cannot tell if you have been exposed.

Asbestos Does Not Exit Your Body

Once asbestos fiber enters your body, they don’t leave. The fibers stay in your lungs or stomach and wait to attack your body. Never try to remove asbestos from your property, you could become exposed.

Asbestos Grows Naturally

Asbestos is grown naturally and is mined in other countries. Many countries still use asbestos despite the health concerns that are known throughout the world.

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Winter Items that Could Contain Asbestos

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Did you know asbestos is not just used in construction materials? When we hear about asbestos, it always talks about building materials, but asbestos has been used in other items over the years. Early on, it was used in pottery and textiles, then building materials, but it was also used in everyday household items. Below, we will discuss a few winter items that may contain asbestos fibers.

Holiday Decorations

Older holiday decorations are known to contain asbestos fibers. This is especially the case for decorations that contain lighting. Asbestos is heat resistant, making it the best fiber to use around hot lights. It is also cheap and strong, and this is two things you look for in holiday decorations. If you own any older holiday decorations, it may be time to throw them out and purchase new ones.

Electric Blankets

Most people will not turn down an electric blanket, especially during the winter, but maybe you should! Older electric blankets contain asbestos. It was used to insulate the blanket because of its ability to be heat resistant. If you have an electric blanket that was bought in the 80s or 90s, throw it out!

Gloves

Everyone loves sitting by a warm fire, but no one really enjoys building them. Fireproof gloves are often used to ensure your hands are not burned when making a fire. Older gloves contained asbestos fibers because it protected your hands from the fire. Do yourself a favor and look into purchasing a newer set of fireproof gloves.

Tape

Certain types of tape have been known to have asbestos. Asbestos fibers were found as late as 2007 in some tapes. If your tape is older, throw it out. Check any types of adhesives before purchasing. While asbestos fibers are illegal, it is still being found in some items.

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5 Facts About Asbestos

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Asbestos has been on the news, on billboards, in magazines, and all over the internet, but do you really know everything you should about asbestos? Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma and lung cancer and other horrible diseases, but what else is there no to know? Asbestos-related illnesses were caused by working conditions, but is that all you need to know? Did you know you and your family could be at risk? Well, you could be at risk, and the dangers could be inside your home. The one place you should feel safe and protected. Below, we will discuss 5 facts about asbestos that you need to know to protect you and your family!

Asbestos Could Be In Newer Homes

Asbestos is not banned in the United States, meaning it could still be showing up in construction materials. Most asbestos-containing materials are found in homes that were built before the late 80s. However, we are seeing newer homes that have asbestos.

Asbestos-Related Illnesses Do Not Show Up Immediately

Unlike cases of flu and viruses, exposure to asbestos can take decades to show up in the form of illnesses. Most people that have mesothelioma were exposed 20 or more years prior. The same holds true for asbestosis and other asbestos-related illnesses. You must protect yourself from being exposed to asbestos.

It is Illegal to Remove and Dispose of Asbestos

Special licenses and certifications are needed to remove and securely dispose of asbestos. It is a hazardous material that can make a lot of people sick. If your home has asbestos, contact a professional. Don’t risk illnesses or repercussions from the law.

Asbestos Has Been Used For Centuries

Egyptians and others used asbestos for pottery and textiles centuries ago. Asbestos was naturally growing and was found to be heat resistant and durable early on. There are also documented cases of illness from asbestos very early on.

Asbestos Fibers Can Travel

Asbestos fibers are very small and can float through the air and attack to clothing. If you come into contact with asbestos, you can easily bring it into your home or other areas on your clothing, shoes, and even lunchbox. Never remove asbestos-containing materials. It is very dangerous.

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Asbestos Dangers During Major Home Remodels

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Home remodels can be very exciting, but at the same time, dangerous. Yes, all home remodels come with dangers, but homes with asbestos-containing materials can cause exposure and death. It is important to know your home’s condition and asbestos status before jumping into any remodels. Most contractors are hired to complete a job and will not even question if you have asbestos. If you are unsure, it is important to contact an asbestos professional to have your home checked. This is for the safety of everyone.

Remodeling your home often disturbs certain areas that are prone to contain asbestos. Surprisingly, almost every area of your home could contain asbestos materials. Some of those areas are as follows:
• Roofing
• Insulation
• Flooring and Tile
• Wallpaper
• Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Walls

As you can see, most areas of your home could contain asbestos. When remodeling, you are usually removing or updating at least a couple of the items listed above. If the home has not been tested for asbestos, you can easily release the fibers into the air, where they can travel through your air ducts to other areas of your home.

It is also illegal to remove and dispose of asbestos-containing materials. For your safety and the safety of everyone around you, have the home checked prior to remodeling. Asbestos-containing materials are generally not harmful until they are disturbed or worn down and broken. These items are often times destroyed as they are being removed for remodels, releasing asbestos-containing particles into the air. Asbestos is usually found in older homes, but some newer homes have been found to contain asbestos. This is why we recommend all homes and businesses have an asbestos inspection and test completed before remodeling or demolition. Asbestos is known to cause life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer and respiratory failure.