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Asbestos Removal: The Importance of Removing Asbestos

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Homes built before the 1980s have an extremely high chance of containing asbestos, which could be harmful to the occupants if disturbed or removed incorrectly. According to the Guardian, it’s estimated that your home has around a 50% chance of still containing this harmful material.  

Asbestos can be found in ceiling coatings, boiler flue pipes, ducts, floor tiles, cement panels, and various fire protection materials. The reason this material was used so much in construction was because of its fire-retardant properties and inexpensiveness.  

But that leads us to this question, “why is it important to hire a professional asbestos removal service?”. 

1.Asbestos can be extremely harmful  

The prominent reason why you should hire an asbestos removal professional is because of the dangers that are associated with asbestos. When you’re exposed to asbestos fibers, they can attach themselves to your lungs, which gives you a whole hoax of respiratory problems. 

Because of this, many people have label asbestos the “silent killer”. There’s sound reasoning for this also, as asbestos is rated the number one cause of work-related deaths in the entire world. That’s the reason why over 60 different countries have completely banned the usage and construction of asbestos. 

This reason alone should be enough for anyone to understand why they should hire an asbestos removal service and not undergo the job themselves. Needless to say, if you want more reasoning behind the importance of hiring an asbestos removal service, see below. 

2.Increases the chances of cancer  

Included within the harmful effects that asbestos can give someone if not removed or exposed correctly is the increased chances of lung cancer. As mentioned above, asbestos fibers attach themselves to the respiratory system and can cause havoc. In this event, it can cause lung cancer, and it’s suggested that around 4% of all lung cancer cases in the United States are directly related to asbestos exposure. 

The most dangerous thing about asbestos is that many people develop lung cancer from this building material without even knowing it. This is because asbestos fibers are airborne, and health issues like cancer take 15 to 35 years to develop. Due to the time, it takes to develop, it is hard to feel any health negatives after the exposure, making this material even more harmful. 

3.Enhances exposure to asbestos-related diseases 

Another reason you should hire a professional asbestos removal service is that it can increase the chances of being exposed to asbestos-related diseases. These diseases can include pleural thickening, asbestosis, pleural plaques, and various other conditions. 

Similar to the above, the dangers only occur when removing asbestos and exposing yourself to the fibers within the building material. It doesn’t matter how much asbestos you expose yourself to. No amount of exposure is safe, and this includes short-term exposure. 

Hopefully, after reading, you’ve now developed the knowledge of how dangerous asbestos exposure can be if not properly removed. Without a doubt, the cost of removal most definitely pays for itself when you consider your safety and the safety of others.

Is it time for a new roof? Here’s what you need to know!

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Asbestos-containing roofing material… What is it?

Asbestos-containing roofing material, or ACRM, is any shingle, roof underlayment, caulks/sealants, flashing, or tar paper that would be over contain over 1% asbestos. It is important to be aware of what is this for the simple reason of contamination of items in your around your home.

To paint a picture imagine your getting a roof replacement the hired contractor is removing the existing roof and as they’re removing them a couple falls off the roof onto the back patio. The contractor goes to “clean it up” by picking up the shingles and sweeping up the dust. You, not knowing the hazard of what could be asbestos dust, walk out later to inspect the work they have done. At that point you have walked through the area with the “asbestos dust” and likely have or will track the “asbestos dust” into your home unknowingly.

That example happens way too often in the real world, and that is why it is important to always test to find out whether your roof has ACRM on it.

Don’t just stop there.

If you happen to have a roofing material that is asbestos-containing here are your options:

As a homeowner, you could repair or replace the roof yourself. We recommend you use the proper P.P.E which includes gloves, a NIOSH P100 rated respirator, safety glasses, and a disposable Tyvek suit. Also do not forget the use of a drop cloth, most states require the drop cloth to be 6 mil thick so it will not tear easily as well it is a good idea to double bag the trash bags of waste.

If you do not feel comfortable handling asbestos-containing material, then we recommend finding and using a licensed asbestos abatement contractor to perform removal and possible repair of the roof. 

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ASBESTOS MYTHS & FACTS

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ASBESTOS MYTHS & FACTS

MYTH: Asbestos is no longer a problem in the U.S.

FACT: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reported in its September 2004 issue that asbestos is still a hazard for 1.3 million US workers in the construction industry and for workers involved in the maintenance of buildings and equipment.

MYTH: Asbestos has been banned from use in the U.S.

FACT: On July 12, 1989, the EPA issued a final rule under Section 6 of The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banning most asbestos-containing products in the U.S. In 1991, the rule was vacated and remanded by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Most of the original ban on the manufacture, importation, processing, or distribution in commerce for most of the asbestos-containing product categories originally covered in the 1989 final rule was overturned.

MYTH: If an asbestos-containing material gets disturbed, vacuuming it up will resolve any issues.

FACT: Asbestos fibers can be small enough that they cannot be seen, can linger in the air for up to 72 hours, and can penetrate even the best vacuum bags.

MYTH: An asbestos survey is not required if the building was constructed after 1980.

FACT: An asbestos survey is always required before the renovation or demolition of a building.

MYTH: Construction materials produced after 1980 do not contain asbestos.

FACT: Most asbestos containing products can still be manufactured, imported, processed and distributed in the U.S.; however, the production and use of asbestos has declined significantly.

WHAT MATERIALS COULD CONTAIN ASBESTOS?

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WHAT MATERIALS COULD CONTAIN ASBESTOS?

Roofing materials, drywall mud . . . . check the label! Does it say contains CHRYSOTILE, AMOSITE, CROCIDOLITE, TREMOLITE, ACTINOLITE AND ANTHOPHYLLITE?! That’s asbestos. Does it say contains natural-occuring fibers? That could be asbestos!

  • Asbestos-cement
  • Corrugated sheet
  • Asbestos flat sheet
  • Asbestos clothing
  • Pipeline wrap
  • Roofing felt
  • Vinyl-asbestos floor tile
  • Asbestos-cement shingle
  • Millboard
  • Asbestos-cement pipe
  • Automatic transmission components
  • Clutch facings
  • Friction materials
  • Disc brake pads
  • Drum brake linings
  • Brake blocks
  • Gaskets
  • Non-roofing and roof coatings

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MY CHILD’S SCHOOL HAS ASBESTOS???

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My Child’s School has Asbestos in It?  Should I be worried?

 Local education agencies are required under the asbestos-containing material in school rule, Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) to inspect for and manage asbestos-containing materials through an asbestos management plan.

The local education agency can safely and effectively manage asbestos-containing materials that are in good condition.

The risk from asbestos is when it is damaged or disturbed and asbestos fibers are released into the air where it can be inhaled.  Schools are required to undertake a timely and appropriate maintenance or response actions whenever asbestos-containing materials deteriorate to the state of potential fiber release.

Asbestos that is undamaged and properly managed poses little health risk to building occupants. Undamaged asbestos is best left undisturbed and managed.

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I THOUGHT ASBESTOS WAS BANNED?

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I thought asbestos was banned!

On July 12, 1989, the EPA issued a final rule under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banning most asbestos-containing products in the United States.

In 1991, the rule was vacated and remanded by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Most of the original ban on the manufacture, importation, processing, or distribution of most asbestos-containing materials were overturned.

Only bans still in existence are on corrugated paper, rollboard, commercial paper, specialty paper, flooring felt and any new uses of asbestos.

Although most asbestos containing products can still legally be manufactured, imported, processed and distributed in the U.S., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the production and use of asbestos has declined significantly.

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QUESTIONS ABOUT ASBESTOS???

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FAQs about Asbestos:

What is asbestos?

  • Asbestos is a mineral fiber that naturally occurs in rock and soil.
  • Asbestos was used in a variety of building materials because of its fiber strength, heat resistance, water resistance and ability to make materials stronger.
  • It was known as a “miracle” component for building materials.

How do I know if I have asbestos in my home or building?

  • The only way to be sure whether a building component contains asbestos is to have it tested by a qualified laboratory.

When should I be concerned about the asbestos in my home or building?

  • When building components are deteriorating or damaged.
  • When planning a renovation or demolition project in which potential asbestos-containing material may be disturbed.

What is an asbestos inspection?

  • When an individual inspects a building or facility for the presence and location of asbestos-containing material or suspected asbestos-containing material.

Who can perform an asbestos inspection?

  • Only a person trained, certified, and licensed as an Asbestos Inspector.

When and why is asbestos dangerous?

  • Asbestos is dangerous when fibers are released into the air.
  • Fibers are typically released from the asbestos-containing material begins to deteriorate, when it is disturbed during renovation or demolition work, and when it is disturbed in any manner that causes a fiber release.
  • Asbestos fibers are easily inhaled or ingested. The fibers are so small they can pass through the body’s defense mechanism and lodge into an individual’s lungs and other organs, leading to asbestos-related diseases.

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Asbestos Management Plans for Schools

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Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1986, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published on October 30, 1987, the Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools rule. All non-profit elementary and secondary schools nationwide, both public and private must comply with the AHERA rule and are required to develop and maintain an up-to-date Asbestos Management Plan (AMP). They must also conduct training, inspections, and sampling related to asbestos, and provide yearly notification to parents, teachers and employee organizations about the AMP and any asbestos-related activities.

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Not Devils of the Past

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Asbestos and lead-based paint aren’t devils of the past.
They can still be found, and they can cause fatal health problems.

 

Despite cleanup efforts, there is still enough asbestos and lead-based paint to last for generations. While not dangerous if remained undisturbed, if not maintained properly, they can deteriorate and become a serious health hazard to both adults and children. Many homeowners or businesses can’t afford lead-based paint or asbestos abatement. It can cost thousands of dollars depending on the size of the project. Fortunately, if lead-based paint is covered with non-lead paint, you can safely live in the home. The same goes for asbestos if it is encapsulated. But these are temporary fixes if not maintained. Some states have housing programs that can help residents remove health hazards from their homes.

Not only is there an immense amount of asbestos and lead that exist from previous use, but the use of these products today has not been entirely banned.

The manufacture, importation, processing and distribution in commerce of these asbestos-containing products are not banned:

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