Asbestos is highly toxic and was widely used in a large number of building materials including flooring, ceiling tiles, insulation, cements, joint compound and more. It is important, therefore to test for the presence of asbestos before initiating any building repairs or improvements on structures that were built prior to 1980. Not doing so can put you and others in the immediate vicinity at risk for inhaling airborne asbestos fibers during the repair or renovation. Asbestos has causal links to mesothelioma, a type of asbestos cancer.
There are over 3,000 manufactured products that are known to contain asbestos. Recent reports estimate that over 30 million homes and commercial buildings, within the United States alone, contain some type of an asbestos-containing material. The only way to truly remove the threat of asbestos exposure and its dangerous health effects, is to remove all asbestos from the premises.
Living in a home with intact asbestos doesn’t necessarily pose a health risk. Most people who suffer asbestos-related major health problems are exposed to the substance over long periods of time, such as workers in factories that produce asbestos products but when these materials in your home deteriorate over time, or become disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibers can be released into the air. It’s a material with lots of staying power; fibers can stay around your house for years. Once released, these fibers — especially the small, invisible variety — can be breathed into your lungs.
Over time, these fibers can build up in your lungs, causing lung cancer and mesothelioma — a cancer of the lung and abdominal cavity lining. Asbestos is a dangerous enough health risk that it even has a medical condition named for it: Asbestosis, which is a permanent scarring of the lung tissue. These scars can prove deadly over time.
Products containing asbestos should only be handled by a licensed asbestos removal contractor. Removing asbestos materials in your own home is strongly discouraged. In most cases, asbestos must be removed entirely; however, in some instances asbestos abatement may be accomplished through encasement or encapsulation. Ultimately, the process depends on the location of asbestos and the amount of asbestos present, among other factors.
Asbestos removal is typically required before an older building is demolished, prior to any maintenance or renovation that could disturb asbestos containing materials or when asbestos containing materials are damaged. An asbestos removal contractor will determine whether and HSE (Health and Safety Executive) license is required for the job. This type of license is usually necessary when there is a high probability that asbestos fibers will be released into the air during the scheduled work. The removal contractor will assess what is required for removal, perform the removal work and dispose of the hazardous material.
Asbestos New York has the ability and expertise to remove and dispose of licensed, notifiable non-licensed and non-licensed asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). We can offer you a wide range of asbestos removal, encapsulation and decontamination services to suit your requirements. Our highly qualified and experienced staff will work with you to plan and undertake works safely. We use the latest technologies and equipment, ensuring that our services offer the most practical and advanced solutions and remain at the forefront of Asbestos Removal Companies. Our site teams can also provide re-insulation and minor re-instatement work following asbestos works, reducing liaison and lead-in times for follow-on contractors..