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What is Asbestos and Why is it Used?
Asbestos is a strong mineral fiber that can be found in soil and rock. Because of its strength and the fact that it's quite resistant to heat, it has been used to create fire retardant materials for homes and businesses. Materials created with asbestos include shingles for the roof, floor tiles, cement, and paper. Even certain types of fabrics and car parts are made with this mineral fiber to make them heat resistant.
If you're concerned about having asbestos removed in your home, you've come to the right place. At Action 1 Restoration, we think it's important to help homeowners learn more about their homes and making them safe. We share information that can help you learn if your home needs to be restored and what that process will be like. While asbestos might sound like it's a concern of the past, it's a very real problem from homes across the country.
Why is it Dangerous?
Asbestos is banned in several countries because it is made of extremely thin fibers that can easily be released into the air. Once breathed in, it can get stuck inside of the body causing inflammation and extreme damage. In time, this may lead to mesothelioma cancer, lung disease, asbestosis, and other health problems. While asbestos isn't banned in the United States, the use of it has declined. It can still be present in older homes, especially those that have not been renovated since they were built.
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Home Products that May Contain Asbestos
Asbestos can be found in virtually every corner of a home in materials that most homeowners walk past daily. Some of the most common products and materials that may contain asbestos include:
- Wall Insulation
- Floor Insulation
- Attic Insulation
- Electric Panels
- Water Heaters
- Roof Shingles
- Popcorn Ceiling Texture
- Vinyl Flooring
If you have an older home and have noticed problems breathing or a dry cough, you may have materials containing asbestos. It's important to have a professional do a thorough inspection to determine if asbestos mitigation is necessary.
Comprehensive Solutions for Asbestos Removal
The presence of asbestos in your home or office can be upsetting, especially if it's a space you spend a lot of time in. Fortunately, it can be removed so you can replace all impacted materials with those that are asbestos-free. In most situations, it's helpful to enlist the assistance of a restoration team specifically trained for asbestos abatement. They can inspect all areas of the home and create a asbestos remediation plan to make your space safe again.
With their tools and knowledge, you can have confidence that asbestos will be completely removed from your home by the time they are finished. When removal begins, all individuals in the area should wear safety gear, including a respirator equipped with a HEPA filter. The area should also be sealed off, including the vents to the air conditioner and heater. As materials are removed, they may need to be encapsulated so the asbestos fibers cannot escape into breathing air. Complete removal of asbestos may also be necessary depending on the extent of the damage. Materials should only be hauled to landfills that have the equipment to deal with asbestos specifically.
Federal regulations are in place for how asbestos should be handled once it becomes waste, so it's important to follow all rules as removal is done. Restoration technicians will take care of this for you to ensure the highest degree of safety. Proper cleaning and air filtration inside of the home may be necessary after removal to complete the job.
The task of removing materials containing asbestos can be more complex than most homeowners realize. It can also be incredibly dangerous, especially for those who have existing health conditions. By choosing Action 1 Restoration, you can rely on a team of highly trained professionals to take care of asbestos abatement and removal with safety in mind. Our experience and knowledge of federal regulations make us the experts you need to do this the right way.
Another biohazard project that also requires hazmat suits that you may want to learn more about is crime scene cleanup.
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We only partner with the best contractors in the area because we are committed to safety and results. No matter where you have asbestos in your home, you can rely on our team to remove it. Once this is complete, your property can be restored and will be much safer to live in. We promise you quality work, experienced professionals, quick response times, and the dedication you deserve to make your home or office a safe space.