Asbestos

Asbestos exposure through inhalation has been documented to cause cancer. Impacted individuals were primarily associated with high exposure activities such as workers in the insulation and ship building industries. However, exposures can occur as a result of the disturbance of building materials containing asbestos and the subsequent release of airborne asbestos fibers which can be inhaled. 

Asbestos Testing

asbestos removalHomes built before 1984 should be tested for the presence of asbestos containing building materials. Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber that was mined and utilized in the manufacturing of numerous building materials most commonly during the period from 1920 to 1984. 

The use of asbestos was phased-out in 1986. Common building materials that have been identified to contain asbestos include ceiling and wall plasters, floor tiles, thermal system insulations, acoustic tiles, and roofing materials.

Asbestos Removal

The presence of asbestos in a home is not only a health concern but can be a major impediment to planned renovation and demolition activities.

Asbestos Testing and Removal State and Federal laws mandate that asbestos containing building materials be removed prior to any planned renovation or demolition activities that will disturb the materials.

Cost of Asbestos Removal

The removal costs for asbestos can be extremely expensive and in some cases outweigh the value of the project or even the house.  Potential homeowners need to know if there is asbestos before they buy. 

Homeowners and landlords must know if there is asbestos in their home or building to ensure that the material remains in a safe condition and is not accidentially disturbed creating an airborne exposure.

All homes and buildings built before 1984 should be inspected for asbestos.  The asbestos survey entails taking samples of the suspect asbestos containing building material in accordance with an established protocol, and submitting the samples to a laboratory for analysis. 

Asbestos cannot be identified by the naked eye, so all materials sampled must be submitted to a laboratory.

Asbestos Encapsulation or Removal

Asbestos Removal and EncapsulationOnce the laboratory analyzes the samples, the consultant will issue a report detailing the areas where asbestos is present and will outline the appropriate corrective measures. 

In many cases the asbestos can be safely managed in-place.  In other cases where the material may be damaged and presents a hazard or is in the way of a planned renovation, removal or asbestos encapsulation may be recommended.

 

Your asbestos consultant needs to be an expert in asbestos surveying, building construction, management planning and implementation, and asbestos corrective action planning.

EnviroHome, Inc. has all of these qualifications and more, contact us at 888-810-2228 for more details.