Hiring an asbestos abatement company, and not doing it yourself, is the wisest and safest decision when it comes to removing asbestos from any residential, commercial or public building. Asbestos abatement companies will properly test for the toxic mineral, follow strict regulations and processes, and carry the right abatement removal equipment to keep them, others and you safe from exposure.
Understanding the Dangers of Asbestos
Although asbestos isn’t banned in the U.S., its use is limited. However, asbestos-containing materials (ACM) still pose a danger to the public because they were common building products in homes, schools and other structures built before the 1980s.
Asbestos abatement involves the identification, removal, repair, and encapsulation of materials or products in a structure to eliminate the threat of exposure to toxic asbestos fibers. It’s best handled by a professional asbestos abatement company.
Common Asbestos-Containing Materials in Buildings
Because asbestos doesn’t burn, it was used in many products to resist heat. The “miracle mineral” made these asbestos-containing materials valuable to the building industry.
- Vermiculite Insulation, Ceiling Tiles & Coatings
- Plaster, Putties & Caulking
- Electrical Switchboard Panels
- Thermal Boiler & Fireplace Insulations
Reasons for Testing a Structure for Asbestos
Although asbestos-containing products are generally safe when left undisturbed, they become brittle over time and can crumble. But the popularity of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects has heightened possible asbestos exposure.
- DIY Remodeling Projects
- Natural or Manmade Disasters Disturbed a Building’s Structure
- You Own a Structure built Before 1980
- Crumbled, Worn or Broken Asbestos-Containing Materials Found in a Building