Asbestos-Containing Materials Pose Hazard – What To Keep An Eye Out For
Prior to the early 1980’s, asbestos use was common among contractors in the U.S. Asbestos is an efficient insulator and, when mixed with products like fabric, paper, and cement, a strengthener- thus its popularity in building and construction. These properties made asbestos rewarding and preferable for businesses, but home builders rapidly discovered that the fibers from the mineral compound were extremely harmful. This discovery has caused the requirement for more circumstances of asbestos reduction in the last few years.
Where To Find Asbestos
Because of its adaptability, it’s difficult to identify every possible product containing asbestos. A few areas could include:
Fireproofing– Fire doors, fire curtains
Insulation– HVAC duct, sprayed-in insulation, electrical wiring insulation
Siding, Roofing, Tiles– shingles, cement siding, panels, floor covering support, vinyl sheet flooring
Spackling and Covering Compounds– caulking, adhesives, tapes
Textiles– blankets, protective fabrics
Texture Products– “popcorn” ceilings, acoustical plaster, decorative plaster
Setup of asbestos-containing materials mostly ceased when lawmakers developed limitations in the late 1970’s. What could not be helped by legislation, nevertheless, were the numerous circumstances where asbestos was already present. To this day, dated buildings still pose a risk of having asbestos-containing items. (You can see more on the history of asbestos here.).
Although structures constructed after 1980 likely do not contain contaminated items, demolition or restoration still requires bulk testing by a licensed expert. The expert sends out samples to an approved lab for screening. When assembling the outcomes for usage by the structure owner, the outcomes are an “asbestos structure study”.
Asbestos Found, Now What? Asbestos Reduction!
Following a favorable asbestos test, you can count on ABC Contracting for asbestos abatement. Non-professionals should NEVER try to eliminate asbestos-containing products on their own. Asbestos fibers posture the threat for asbestosis and mesothelioma when airborne. At ABC Construction, our staff is trained to take care of any removal or disturbance in the safest and most efficient method possible.
If you have additional questions or need help with asbestos testing for your home or business, contact ABC Contracting at (314) 582-3611.