Asbestos was classified as a “carcinogen,” an agent or substance that can cause cancer. There are a total of size forms of asbestos, a thin, elongated fibrous hydrated magnesium silicate. Asbestos played a major role in the construction industry around 4,500 years ago when it was utilized by Finish cookware manufacturers.
As years passed, asbestos became a vital tool in the construction, boating, automotive, school supplies (crayons), and home & garden industries. In modern manufacturing, fewer products contain asbestos for fear of serious health problems.
Experts believe asbestos is safe when left undisturbed. In other words, occupational asbestos is less likely to cause health problems until it is disrupted during restoration, repair, or remodeling. A building built before 1980 are more likely to contain asbestos than those developed in 1981 and later.
Risks Of Inhaling Asbestos Fibers
It cannot be stressed enough, the importance of asbestos testing before home restoration. Once asbestos is disturbed, the sharp fibers become suspended in the air. At this point, they can be inhaled into the respiratory tract. Since the fibers are sharp, they become trapped in the lining of the lungs and abdomen. The result is inflammation of the lining.
Some types of asbestos are easier to dislodge from the lining of the lungs. Over time, lung function becomes compromised. The immune system detects the asbestos fibers as foreign antigens. Depending on the severity of the exposure, some of the fibers can be expelled from the lungs when you cough. Others may be swallowed, ending up in the abdomen.
Removing Asbestos Safely
The first step of asbestos removal is testing. An asbestos survey is a type of test utilized to assess insulation and other construction materials. Our asbestos experts will collect a sample of the insulation to have tested. The sample is sent to a certified laboratory where it is tested for asbestos.
If the test results do not render asbestos, the restoration project can be implemented without further ado. If the test is positive, the asbestos must be removed before the restoration project is implemented.
It is crucial to have all homes 1980 and older tested for asbestos before extensive repairs and updates.
Professional Asbestos Testing
Professional asbestos testing is a vital part of any home restoration project. It should not be ignored because asbestos is a cancer-causing substance. Anyone working in or around asbestos is at risk of inhaling the fibers. The immune system will work overtime to help remove the fibers from the lungs. Unfortunately, this is not always enough to get all the fibers out of the respiratory tract.
Ensuring your home is asbestos free before restoration not only protects you and your family from developing mesothelioma but also the work crew.
When Should Asbestos Testing Be Conducted?
As previously mentioned, asbestos testing should be performed in homes built in 1980 and below. In other words, if your home was constructed in 1965, it needs to be tested for asbestos. The one exception to this rule is if there is no restoration or repair project planned in the future.
Asbestos testing may seem like an unnecessary step to take before implementing a restoration projection. This could not be further from the truth because it can help protect everyone in your household from coming into contact with dangerous asbestos.
Our professional asbestos testing is affordable and efficient. At your request, our customer support representative will dispatch a skilled asbestos technician to your home. A sample is collected and sent to a certified laboratory. It can take anywhere between 48 hours and three weeks to receive the results.
Our asbestos team will take over to handle the removal process. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment, safety gear, and manpower to safely remove asbestos from buildings. The removal is a complex process that can take a few hours, days, or weeks, depending on the size of the job.
- We are a locally owned and operated company
- We are a certified Asbestos Contractor Firm
- Our contractors are certified by the State of Connecticut
- Our asbestos testing is cost- and time-efficient
- Our asbestos removal can be customized to fit small and large homes
- Our prices are fair and competitive