What is asbestos

Our company has provided environmental remediation services to private homes and commercial buildings. Asbestos it’s a mineral fiber, which in the past, was added to a variety of products to provide insulation and fire resistance. You can find asbestos in many places such as:

Water heater; Return seams; Sprayed-on fireproofing insulation; Inside furnaces; Ductwork insulation; Wall texture; Asbestos taping on ductwork; Fire door interiors; Textured paints and plasters; Asbestos-cement wallboard; Window putty; Pipe lagging; Block insulation; Fuse box insulation; Transit shingles and siding; Dry asbestos insulation; Acoustic ceiling; Flexible fabric joints; Floor tile and mastic; Linoleum; Stucco/plaster; Drop ceiling tiles.

A visual inspection of your home is usually not sufficient to determine if it contains asbestos. Samples of suspected asbestos fibers should be sent to a certified laboratory for analysis because a usual visual inspection of your home not sufficient to determine if your home contains asbestos.

The method used for dealing with asbestos in the home depends upon where the asbestos is found, the condition of the material, and whether it is friable or non-friable. Asbestos can be non-friable or friable.
Fibers of non-friable asbestos can’t easily be made airborne unless they are sanded, sawed or cut and also non-friable asbestos is more tightly bound with other materials. Friable asbestos can become airborne and can be reduced or crumbled to a powder. When the material containing the substance is disturbed asbestos is discovered. This may happen after a natural disaster or during a remodeling job, renovation or demolition. To prevent any potential health threats to the building occupant’s asbestos removal is recommended when the contaminated material is disturbed.

Asbestos in houses

We will explain what is asbestos, where it can be found, why it might be a problem and to help avoid the potential risks associated with it. Asbestos cement has been widely used as a cladding material and also asbestos fibers are strong and resistant to chemicals and heat. That’s why asbestos used often as fireproofing and in a wide range of building materials. Properties built before 1990’s contain asbestos in the fabric of the building. Asbestos widely used from the 1960’s onwards. So houses built during this time may contain asbestos materials. Since 1991-1993 the use of asbestos in most products was banned. It is not always easy to tell whether a product contains asbestos. It is usually older products that contain asbestos. Unlikely you will found asbestos in buildings constructed after 1982. Asbestos can be found in materials such as service ducts in kitchen and bathroom. Also asbestos can be found in ceiling tiles, door linings, bath panels and partitions, panels above doors and infill panels. Common in 1960’s and 1970’s housing insulating board has been used for fire protection and sound insulation.

Also asbestos lagging has been used for thermal insulation of pipes and boilers. A decorative coating such as textured paints and plasters also has been used asbestos. A licensed asbestos specialist of our company! That’s what you need to work involving any asbestos containing materials or products! Don’t forget about your health and health of your family! Because this is the only thing that really matters in our lives.

Asbestos health issues

Asbestos materials can release fibers into the air when it is become damaged. They may stay for a long time in your health, causing possible damage. There is a risk of lung diseases, including cancer when over an extended period of time if sufficient levels of these fibers are breathed in. Workplace regulations now protect people who have worked with asbestos for many years as part of their job. You need to know that asbestos fibers can be swallowed. Water that flows through asbestos cement pipes can contain asbestos fibers. So people can consume contaminated food or liquids. But most exposures come from inhaling asbestos fibers in the air. It can occur when older buildings are renovated or when asbestos-containing materials begin to break down. Asbestos fibers can be found in indoor air and may pose a health threat. The fibers are not released into the air if material is not disturbed. Our workers are trained to use proper protective equipment to minimize exposure asbestos on health. There is no “safe” type of asbestos in terms of lung cancer risk. Small quantities of asbestos fibers are present in the air at all times, and haven’t any ill effects. Most people are exposed to very small amounts of asbestos as they go about their daily lives and do not develop asbestos-related health problems.

Finding that your home is made from fibro products does not mean your health is at risk. These products, if in sound condition and left undisturbed, are not a significant health risk.

If bonded asbestos sheeting is broken, damaged or mishandled fibers can become loose and airborne posing a risk to health. Disturbing or removing it unsafely can create a hazard.

Popcorn-ceiling

If you decide that you do want to be rid of asbestos popcorn-ceiling it should be done by a professional contractor such as our company. Our services include removing and covering furniture, scrape acoustic ceiling, retexturing, drywall repairs, and painting. Popcorn ceilings are fairly common in older homes. We will take care about removal. We are experienced in the necessary techniques and skills. Popcorn ceilings acted as sound baffles making the space sound less boxy. Also popcorn ceilings remove the need for painting and to cover up uneven surfaces. With a textured surface, you don’t have to even try to get a ceiling looking perfectly flat and white. Added component to these kinds of ceilings was asbestos. It was added to help make the surface textured and making the ceiling less flammable but after it was understood that asbestos is dangerous to human health. Not all popcorn ceilings have asbestos in them. To know if your popcorn ceilings have asbestos you’ll need to take a sample of the material assumed to contain asbestos and get an asbestos test and specialists of our company will help you with that! Asbestos is dangerous when the tiny fibers are loose circulating and become part of the air you’re breathing. Removal isn’t the best option if ceiling that contains asbestos is still in good condition. On the other hand you can seal the surface of the ceiling and minimize any chance that asbestos will be escape. Our professionals will recommend the correct sealant to use, and apply it using the proper method. But sure the most likely solution will be timely removal. Asbestos removal in popcorn ceilings must be performed by a licensed professional such as professionals of our company. Because the asbestos is in a friable form – that is, easy reduced to powder – it isn’t safe for someone without equipment and proper training. The risk of fibers spreading the rest of your home is too high. Get in contact with us if you will need to remove all kinds asbestos. We will do so in a cost – and time-efficient manner with our experience removing textured ceilings.

5 Star Asbestos Removal is a well-established, highly reputable asbestos removal company located in the Los Angeles.  We serve commercial and residential clients all over Southern California.

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