Asbestos is highly carcinogenic (cancer-causing), and there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. Even a few errant fibers have the potential to be inhaled and eventually cause severe illness including asbestosis, mesothelioma and other cancers. Structures erected prior to 1980 often contain asbestos laced building materials. Prior to the awareness of the dangers associated with asbestos, it was widely used because of its insulating and fire-resistant properties. Asbestos was used in plaster, wallboard, floor coverings, ceiling tiles, mastics, insulation, shingles and more.
Issues arise when structural components or veneers containing asbestos are deteriorating, damaged or disturbed and asbestos fibers become airborne. Visual inspection can provide clues; however, a licensed asbestos surveyor is required to test suspect materials and provide positive identification of asbestos content. If asbestos testing is warranted, the suspected materials should be considered contaminated and treated with the proper precautions. Any unprofessional attempt to remove asbestos is ill advised as the likelihood of releasing asbestos fibers into the air is substantial.
Property Recovery 911 offers EPA certified asbestos testing and abatement services. Our licensed technicians possess the training to safely identify and remove the threat. Contact us at (267) 808-7200 for a free onsite evaluation. We will provide information and insights as to various options and the best course of action. We offer 24/7 live support and our highly trained technicians are on call and available at a moment’s notice.
Asbestos Removal Regulations
Developed by the EPA under the Clean Air Act, the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) is a comprehensive set of rules governing asbestos removal. Addressing significant environmental risks and noncompliance issues, the NESHAP is the nation’s resource for guideline concerning hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). HAPs include all pollutants suspected and known to cause cancer or other significant illness.
The NESHAP additionally contains regulations designed to curtail the release of asbestos fibers into the atmosphere during processing. Encompassing adequate asbestos removal structures prior to demolition or renovation as well as licensing and certification of individuals or organizations involved with asbestos removal. Service providers must conform to EPA notification guidelines before any of the demolition or renovation work can begin and are subjected to post asbestos abatement testing protocols.
If asbestos containing building materials are suspected in your home or place of business, contact us at (267) 808-7200 for a free onsite evaluation. Our certified asbestos remediation technicians provide testing and abatement services to safely remove the threat according to EPA standards.