What is Asbestos?
While many people believe that Asbestos was a man-made material, it is actually a naturally occurring mineral that was used in a variety of building materials and household products. Asbestos is actually a generic name to a fibrous variety of six natural minerals used in building products due to it's unique resiliency, flexibility, insulation qualities, and heat resistence.
Considered a miracle product at the time, Asbestos was used in everything from home insulation to oven mitts!
What building materials contained Asbestos?
Asbestos was used in numerous building materials and can still be found in older homes today. Asbestos is most commonly found in plasters and wall board, pipe insulation, fire proofing, floor tiles, roofing, siding, adhesives, and insulation.
The most common building materials containing Asbestos that we encounter in Northeastern PA are Asbestos Pipe Wrap and Asbestos Floor Tile. Find out more about where Asbestos can commonly be found.
Is Asbestos Dangerous?
Yes. Asbestos fibers can be inhaled or ingested, leading to serious diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma cancer. These fibers are incredibly small, invisible to the naked eye, and can imbed themselves in internal membranes and organs (such as the lungs) resulting in the development of cancer.
As a result of the serious health concerns related to Asbestos exposure, no level of exposure is considered to be safe. Asbestos Abatement by a properly licensed firm can remove this hazard from your home.
What is Asbestos Abatement?
During an Asbestos Abatement project, a properly licensed abatement contractor will strictly follow a number of precautions to avoid cross contamination of previously unaffected areas. The entire work area will be properly contained and placed under negative air pressure, Asbestos containing materials will be kept wet throughout the process, and caution will be taken to avoid fibers releasing from the material during removal. Exposed surfaces as well as the air in the work area will be thoroughly cleaned to filter out and remove Asbestos fibers as well.
Our priority is always to ensure the safest indoor environment for our customers, and we are extremely thorough in reaching this goal.
Does my Asbestos Abatement Contractor need to be Licensed?
Yes. The State of Pennsylvania requires that any contractor removing or disturbing Asbestos containing materials be licensed to do so. This requires regular and extensive training, as well as maintaining various regulatory and insurance requirements.
Construction conractors and cleaning 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. Learn more about why your contractor can't do Asbestos Abatement.
Should you have Asbestos in your home, or any questions, please don't hesitate to Contact Our Offices! We are happy to assist you in properly and safely removing this hazard.
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