Before we talk about our asbestos abatement services, lets talk more about asbestos and the health problems associated with it.
Asbestos is the name of a group of highly fibrous minerals with separable, long and thin fibers. Asbestos is a known carcinogen. It is found in most buildings throughout the United States built before 1980 and is still used today in several products frequently used in construction. In response, Federal, State and local agencies have enacted regulations to protect the health and safety of building employees, occupants and contractors.
Separated asbestos fibers are strong enough and flexible enough to be spun and woven. Asbestos fibers are heat resistant, making them useful for many industrial purposes. Because of their durability, asbestos fibers that get into lung tissue will remain for long periods of time. Asbestos is most commonly found in fireproofing, insulation materials (piping, boilers, valves, heat exchangers, etc.), floor tile and coverings, acoustical ceilings, high voltage electrical power cables, roofing materials, soil, underground piping, transite, drywall and stucco. It was used almost exclusively as a component for many building materials between 1957-1974.
American Mold & Restoration can remove, decontaminate, encase, encapsulate, transport and dispose of your asbestos-containing materials. Proper containment and negative air systems are used to environmentally control your project. Abatement includes all actions necessary to control any hazards posed by the presence of asbestos. At AMR, abatement is done in accordance with the strictest of industry protocols. The abatement work procedures are carefully planned to ensure that any person outside the controlled area will not be at risk. Our workers wear all appropriate protection inside the work area.
Preparation involves setting up an enclosure with plastic sheeting, sealing up all windows, doors, ventilation ducts, and other openings to prevent the spread of asbestos fibers. The work area will be placed under negative air pressure to ensure that no air will leak from the controlled area into adjacent areas.
Removal is done in such a way as to minimize the disturbance of the material. Water may be used to prevent harmful dust from spreading. The abated material is placed in commercial-grade plastic bags and then disposed of appropriately, according to local government regulations.
ALL TYPES AND FORMS OF ASBESTOS ARE REGULARLY REMOVED INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
- Tar paper or roofing
- Exterior composition roofing shingles
- Exterior transite siding ex: cement-like shingles
- Exterior stucco
- Exterior paints and/or waterproofing
- Heater and Hot Water Heater flues
- Electrical knob and tube wiring insulation
- Sprayed acoustical ceilings (popcorn)
- Acoustic ceiling tiles (or used as wall tiles)
- Wallboard around wood-burning stoves
- Baseboard glue
- Flooring: linoleum
- Flooring: 9-inch, 12-inch tiles
- Flooring: vinyl sheet, and vinyl sheet backing
- Heating system: duct insulation, heater insulation, etc.
- Piping Insulation: includes pipe, elbow, valve, boiler insulation