Asbestos is a generic name to a fibrous variety of six natural minerals used in building products. Asbestos was used in building materials for it's resiliency, flexibility, insulation, condensation control, and heat resistence.
Asbestos was used in numerous building materials and can still be found in older homes today in plasters and wall board, pipe insulation, fire proofing, floor tiles, roofing, siding, adhesives, and insulation.
• Non-Friable Asbestos is bound in a matrix and doesn't easily shed fibers. Floor tiles and mastics are included in this category.
Both friable and non-friable asbestos, in good condition, does not pose an air quality threat. Pipe wrap for example that is wound tight and secure, is not a concern. If however, the outer wrapping has become unraveled or deteriorated from age, neglect, or water damage, the asbestos needs to be removed. Undisturbed and intact, floor tiles and mastics are not an air quality concern. However, if pulverized or sanded, they too need proper abatement, and have become a friable substance.
Often, asbestos tiles in good condition can be encapsulated by another floor covering. However, if installing carpet, tack strips should be glued to the tiles, not nailed. Never nail into an asbestos product.
For the safety of homeowners and residents, The State of Pennsylvania requires that asbestos abatement contractors be certified and licensed for the removal of asbestos containing materials.
Depending on the material, the method of abatement varies, but water misting, hepa vacuuming, and negative air containment must always be done to reduce the release of fibers into the air. Asbestos is hazardous when the fibers are inhaled to the lungs because they hook into the tissue with no way of release; causing health concerns over a period of time.
Your cleaning and cleanup firms are not licensed or trained in asbestos abatement. In fact, some of these firms may not be able to identify asbestos, and may cause further contamination of your building during their cleaning efforts. Abatement is less costly than possible contamination.
Larger asbestos abatement firms are not competitively priced for smaller, residential jobs. Those larger firms attain larger, more commercial projects so their lead time for scheduling is also much longer for a residential job. Disaster Blaster understands that abatement might also be needed as a result of Water / Flood Drying, Fire / Smoke Damage, or Mold Remediation and is uniquely able to assist these customers. Delays in abatement can only further complicate the Smoke, Water, or Mold situation.
Here is a very informative video detailing some of the common Asbestos Hazards in the home...
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