Asbestos is a term used to describe 6 naturally occurring silicate minerals. It was used in many products up until the late 70’s for its fiber strength, insulating and fire proofing properties. In homes, it can be found in insulation, vinyl sheet flooring, vinyl tiles, ducting and pipe wraps, wall board joint compound and texture and siding.
Undisturbed and in good condition, asbestos can remain harmless. Asbestos fibers may be released into the air by the disturbance of asbestos-containing material during product use, demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling. In general, exposure may occur only when the asbestos-containing material is disturbed or damaged in some way to release particles and fibers into the air. Most of the manufacturing of products containing asbestos have been banned but there are still products being made today that contain asbestos.
Anytime there is a project that requires the disturbance of materials, that could potentially contain asbestos on a residential property, it is recommended that the materials to be disturbed be tested by an environmental consultant. In certain situations, with regard to commercial properties, local air quality management district’s require testing and strict adherence to removal techniques. That is where we come in…
Upon our inspection we can assist you in walking through options you have for your specific project. Our dedicated team can answer any questions you have regarding the abatement process. In some cases it may be possible to seal or encapsulate the asbestos containing material. In most cases it is necessary to completely remove the material. It is never a good idea to try and remove asbestos on your own. Our certified and licensed workers are trained in proper methods to safely remove the material without creating exposure to your family and loved ones. During our inspection and review of the consultants reports , we can work together to define the right approach for you.