If you have reason to believe that your home or place of work contains asbestos, it is highly advised that you take action! Exposure to asbestos is extremely serious, and may require extensive medical procedures if not immediately attended to. Most people diagnosed with mesothelioma, the cancer associated with asbestos, were reportedly exposed to asbestos at work. If you work in a facility or live in a home that was built prior to 1986, we recommend having the premises tested for asbestos.
Call our office today to learn more about asbestos testing, asbestos abatement, and how to ensure your home or place of work is safe.
As a full service restoration company we offer all the necessary testing to ensure your home or place of work is safe and asbestos free. We offer a quick and accurate testing for homeowners, real estate agents, business owners, environmental agencies, and anyone who is interested in the safety of a building they commonly frequent.
It's recommended that before performing any sort of construction, demolition, or renovation on a building built before 1986, or a building suspected to contain asbestos, that you receive a thorough test of the property. During construction it is very likely asbestos present on the premise may become dislodged, posing a serious threat to occupants in the area. If you or someone you know may be at risk due to asbestos exposure, please call our office to learn about your rights!
Asbestos was a commonly used material all the way up until 1978 when it was effectively banned because of the health hazards associated with its fibrous composition. Historically used as a flame retardant material that was sprayed in tight, tough to reach areas where firefighters would have difficulty accessing, and prevalent in in roof materials of that era . Due to the once perceived benefits of asbestos, it is extremely common in the construction of buildings of that era. The material was also used in acoustic ceilings, used as insulation, and also incorporated into many of the building panels of that time. Once the danger was discovered, the material was immediately outlawed, however regulators allowed the remaining stock of asbestos material to be used, which lasted for about another decade. So homes, offices, and warehouses built all the way up until 1986 can still contain asbestos.
Asbestos poses no danger until the fibrous material becomes dislodged and finds its way into the air. This is typically the result of some sort of maintenance in your home such as a repair, renovation, or installation. Holes drilled into the walls of older homes is commonly how the hazardous material exposes itself to residents, or occupants. Once the asbestos fibers become dislodged they pose a serious threat to those in the vicinity, and it is typically followed by stringent precautionary measures.
Upon discovering asbestos in your home or place of work it is strongly suggested that you remove yourself and others from the premises, and temporarily relocate until the issue has been resolved. Parts of the building where the asbestos is found will have to be isolated from the rest of the building to avoid contamination, and to conceal its hazardous effects. The affected areas will be quarantined from the rest of the building using secure plastic materials, and the air will be filtered to remove contaminants that are present in the air while asbestos removal is taking place. The asbestos removal process can be longer than most would desire, but it is purely because the material is extremely dangerous. Strict procedures must be taken to ensure the asbestos is not released beyond the contained area. The material is extremely dangerous and requires the upmost precaution.
It’s is highly suggested that homes and building built before 1986 be tested for asbestos, especially before any major renovations. Not testing your home for asbestos can result in serious health implications in the future. If you have reason to believe your home or business may contain asbestos please call our office today. Our team can perform a non-intrusive test of your home, to ensure you are not in danger of future asbestos breakouts, and that asbestos fibers are not present on your property.
Health Hazards Associated With Asbestos
The main health hazard associated with asbestos is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer in the lining of the lungs, stomach, or heart, but primarily associated with the lungs. Once asbestos is inhaled inadvertently, the fibers lodge themselves in the mesothelioma tissue of the lungs. The fibers then proceed to cause cellular damage after being lodged in the lining of the lungs, which can, and often does result in the growth of tumors. Surprisingly most people diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos in the work place and not at their home. If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to asbestos, then please consult with your doctor and get tested. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer and require the attention of trained specialist. If you have questions in regards to health concerns of asbestos please call our Phoenix office today.