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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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Summer Asbestos Removal

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Warmer weather has arrived, and with the beautiful weather comes home remodels. Home remodels are a common occurrence throughout the United States, but with remodels, comes a risk. Asbestos exposure is a very real risk of remodeling. Homes that were built before the late 80s are more prone to have asbestos-containing materials. When these materials breakdown from age, wear and tear, or remodels, asbestos fibers are released into the air. These fibers can travel throughout your home and become ingested without your knowledge.

Asbestos can be removed at any time, but Summer is the perfect time of year for asbestos removal. If your property has asbestos or has not yet been tested, call a professional asbestos abatement specialist today! Asbestos could be in all areas of your home, including the insulation, paint, and even flooring. If you are looking to remodel your home, an asbestos test can ensure your home is safe from asbestos. This is an easy way to protect your family and ensure your home remains a safe place.

If your home does have asbestos, right now is the best time to schedule an asbestos removal on your property. Asbestos removal services start with you vacating the property. Once you are gone, the asbestos abatement professionals will begin sealing off areas of your home. After the area is secured, they will remove the asbestos-containing materials. They will do this for all areas that are affected. After all, asbestos is removed, your home will undergo a final test to ensure all asbestos fibers are removed from your property. Once cleared, you will be able to enter your home again and go on with your remodels, knowing it is safe to do so. Asbestos exposure can cause severe respiratory illnesses and several types of cancer. Protect your family and have all asbestos removed this Summer.

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COVID-19 and Asbestos-Related Illnesses – How Should You Cope?

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COVID-19 is at the forefront of the media right now, and it is on the minds of everyone. What is it? How do I keep myself safe? Below we will help answers some questions on what to do if you have an asbestos-related illness.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can range in severity. Some may only have mild infections, while others may need hospitalization. It is more dangerous for those that have compromised immune systems, are older, and have respiratory illnesses. People with asbestos-related illnesses fall into the at-risk category. Asbestos-related illnesses already cause trouble breathing so that COVID-19 can cause you a lot of new problems. If you believe you have COVID-19 or have been around someone who has tested positive, call your doctor as soon as you can. It is essential that you are monitored.

How Do I Keep Safe?

People who have an asbestos-related illness already know how important it is to keep themselves healthy and away from the cold, flu, or pneumonia. This illness is no different. It is crucial that you wear a mask in public and try to stay home. If you need help, ask a friend or family member to help you with shopping and picking up medications. The less you have to go out, the better. You should be in contact with your primary care physician and listen to any information they give you.

Limiting interactions with people in public is one of the best ways to prevent COVID-19. It is also important to wash your hands and keep your home disinfected at all times. If you do become ill, see your doctor immediately. Having a respiratory illness while also having asbestos-related illnesses can be very serious and even life-threatening. If you have a fever or have trouble breathing go to the hospital.

Being in isolation can have its downside, so it is important to keep busy while in your home. Keep a routine. Exercise, call friends and family, open your windows to allow the sun to come in, and stay positive.

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Are More Men Being Diagnosed with Asbestos-Related Illnesses?

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Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses have commonly been diagnosed with men. This has been the trend for decades. People have wondered why men predominantly have been diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses. The main reason is that men worked jobs where they came into direct contact with asbestos fibers. Blue-collar jobs like shipbuilding, railway workers, construction, auto mechanics, and miners were regularly exposed to asbestos. No one knew the devastating effects at the time, and decades later, men were being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other illnesses. While this has been the case for a long time, the tides are changing.

Men and women are both being diagnosed at a high rate. While very few women were initially diagnosed, we are now seeing an influx of women having asbestos-related illnesses. Many ask why this is the case? With more women in the workplace, it is no surprise they are being exposed. Shockingly, there are being exposed to other areas such as hospitals and schools. How is this possible? The older buildings that contain asbestos are starting to breakdown and need remodeling. As the breakdown of the asbestos-containing material, people are being exposed to their workplaces.

There are regulations in place that are supposed to protect workers, but unfortunately, it is not foolproof. We are also seeing younger adults having asbestos-related illnesses. This is usually through secondary exposure or from their own homes having asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous fiber that is affecting men, women, and even children at alarming rates.

The best way to protect yourself is through asbestos testing and removal of asbestos from your home or property. Men are still more likely to have asbestos-related illnesses because asbestos exposure is much more common in blue-collar jobs, but more and more women are being exposed. If there is a chance you have been exposed, contact your doctor and let them know. There is a test that can be run and new advances in technology.

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Burning and Asbestos – Information You Need to Know!

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Spring and Summer are the perfect time for cleaning up debris from the nasty Winter. It is additionally a time for remodels and renovations. Many rural areas allow people to burn debris and rubble. This can be great for some, but also dangerous. Many rules and regulations are put in place to ensure that no one is exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos-containing materials can range from flooring to shingles and walls. During renovations, a lot of the materials you remove could contain asbestos. How do you know? What should you do? If your home has never had an asbestos inspection, that is where you start. A certified asbestos abatement professional will be able to test your home and give you the answers you need. If your home does have asbestos, it will need to be removed by a professional.

Before you begin any renovations or remodels, hire a professional to test your home for asbestos. This way, you know that you and your family are safe. You will also know if it is safe to burn the materials you accumulate during a remodel. Burning asbestos-containing materials is punishable by law and can carry a hefty fine. Asbestos exposure causes cancer and possibly death. Asbestos is very small and cannot be seen, making it even more difficult to know if you have been exposed.

Before you burn any debris from your home, think about the danger it could cause to you and your family. Burning is also illegal in some areas. If you are thinking of burning debris, contact your local fire department first. They will be able to answer any questions you may have. If you can burn, make sure the materials are asbestos-free. You never want to endanger your family, neighbors, or friends to asbestos, as it is deadly.

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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!

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Improper Handling of Asbestos in Commercial Properties

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Many commercial properties still contain asbestos and are leaving their workers at risk for asbestos exposure. We are finding newer buildings that contain asbestos; we once thought only older buildings were a threat. With this new information, we are lucky to have asbestos demolition regulations that protect us from potential exposures. Unfortunately, we are seeing cases of companies mishandling asbestos-containing materials. This is extremely dangerous. It is illegal to destroy a building without first having it tested for asbestos. If there is asbestos, it must be removed by a professional. These are punishable offenses, as unsuspecting people could be exposed to asbestos. Asbestos causes cancer and other debilitating diseases.

Commercial Properties and Asbestos Removal Before Demolition

Older buildings are being torn down at an alarming rate to build more modern properties. While this is great for the economy, it can be harmful to the workers. Many older buildings contain asbestos. If the building does contain asbestos, an asbestos abatement professional is needed for the safe demolition of the property. Asbestos Abatement professionals seal off the areas that contain asbestos and remove it. This is done with specialized equipment, masks, and suits for the protection of everyone in the area.

Asbestos can float through the air during demolition and enter the homes of people in the area, causing asbestos exposure. Dust from demolitions can travel great distances. This can cause entire neighborhoods to become exposed to asbestos, possibly. Even with the laws and regulations, we are seeing companies bypass the asbestos abatement professionals. This is putting many people at risk. If you own a business, we urge you to have an asbestos test completed and to follow all laws and regulations when it comes to asbestos removal and demolition. It is best to understand all laws and regulations that may be part of your commercial property.

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What is the AHERA, and Does it Offer Protection from Asbestos?

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Asbestos is a hazard to our society, but luckily, some laws and regulations are put in place to protect us. The AHERA, which is the Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act, was put into action to safeguard better those that could become exposed to asbestos in schools. The AHERA was enacted in 1986 and is under the TSCA. Asbestos has long been an issue in schools across the United States. This asbestos can pose an extreme hazard to teachers, students, and other school employees.

What is the AHERA?

Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, all schools are required to take certain precautions. Below, we will discuss the main parts of the AHERA.

Private and Public schools must complete an inspection to see if any asbestos-containing materials are present. If so, they will need to do inspections every 3 years on all asbestos-containing materials.

They must develop a management plan that will need to be updated and maintained. A copy of the asbestos management plan must be kept at the school and used regularly.

If the school has asbestos on the property, they are required to notify teachers, parents, and employees of the asbestos and the asbestos management plan. They will also need to explain any asbestos-related actions that are planned to take place. This could be removing asbestos from a specific area of the school.

Regular checks of the asbestos-containing materials will need to be completed. If anything has changed, it will need to be documented and discussed.

All individuals inspecting the asbestos should be trained and licensed in asbestos removal.

All members of the staff should have asbestos-awareness training to ensure proper protocols.

In the event asbestos-containing materials are worn or damaged, it will need to be determined if they pose a risk to anyone on the property. If so, an asbestos abatement professional will need to be hired for the safe removal of the asbestos from the school.

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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.

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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!