Asbestos-Containing Materials Pose Threat- What to Look Out For
Prior to the early 1980’s, asbestos use was common among builders in the U.S. Asbestos is an effective insulator and, when mixed with materials like paper, cloth, and cement, a strengthener- hence its popularity in construction. These properties made asbestos desirable and profitable for businesses, but builders quickly discovered that the fibers from the mineral substance were highly toxic. This discovery has led to the need for more instances of asbestos abatement in recent years.
Where to Look
It’s difficult to pinpoint every instance of potential asbestos-containing materials because of its versatility. Some of the key locations include:
- Fireproofing – Fire doors, fire curtains, etc.
- Insulation – HVAC duct, sprayed-in insulation, electrical wiring insulation
- Siding, Roofing, Tiles – shingles, cement siding, panels, flooring backing, vinyl sheet flooring
- Spackling and Patching Compounds – caulking, adhesives, tapes
- Textiles – blankets, protective cloths,
- Texture Products – “popcorn” ceilings, acoustical plaster, decorative plaster
Once lawmakers established restrictions in the late 1970’s, installation of asbestos-containing materials mostly ceased. What could not be helped by legislation, however, were the numerous instances where asbestos was already present. To this day, dated buildings still pose a threat of having asbestos-containing products. (You can see more on the history of asbestos here.)
Although buildings constructed after 1980 likely do not contain contamination with the products, demolition or renovation still requires bulk testing by a licensed professional. The professional sends samples to an approved laboratory for testing. When compiling the results for use by the building owner, the results are an “asbestos building survey”.
Asbestos Found – Now What? Asbestos Abatement!
Following a positive asbestos test, you can count on EAI for asbestos abatement. Non-professionals should NEVER attempt to remove asbestos-containing materials on their own. Asbestos fibers pose the risk for asbestosis and mesothelioma when airborne. At EAI, our staff is trained to take care of any removal or disturbance in the safest and most efficient way possible.
Have a project that requires asbestos removal? Give us a call. Our trained staff can manage all of your asbestos removal needs.