What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once recognized for its heat resistance, strength, versatility, and insulating properties, it was widely used for everything from fire-proof vests to home and commercial construction. The mineral was woven into fabric and mixed with cement. Most houses built between 1930 and 1950 contain asbestos somewhere in the home. The use of Asbestos products was banned in 1977 when it was linked to serious health related issues. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the use of asbestos in wallboard patching compounds, gas fireplaces, and artificial fireplace ash. CPSC also influenced manufacturers of hair dryers to ban the use of asbestos insulation in their products. Since then their have been many other asbestos use laws put into place.
If you have a question about the presence or removal of asbestos in your home business or other property, Levaggi Environmental Contracting has the knowledge and experience to determine what the best solution would be for your particular situation.
Asbestos exposure becomes an issue if asbestos containing materials become airborne, such as due to deterioration or damage. Building occupants may be exposed to asbestos, but those most at risk are those who purposely disturb materials, such as maintenance or construction workers.
If you think that you have found asbestos in your home, don’t touch it.
Asbestos is a risk in the home when it is disturbed in a way that produces dust that contains asbestos fibres. In many cases the presence of materials containing asbestos in the home is no cause for alarm and can be left in place or sealed by a professional provided the material has not been damaged and shows no signs of wear and tear. For example, internal asbestos cement sheet walls or ceilings that are in good condition and coated with paint do not pose a risk to health, while they are not showing signs of degradation or damage.
If materials containing asbestos are in your home and are in good condition (i.e. undamaged, undisturbed), the safest option is to leave them alone and then visually inspect the materials from time to time for signs of deterioration and damage.
It is recommended that loosely-bound asbestos only be removed by a licensed professional, as health risks associated with handling this type of material are far greater than for firmly-bound asbestos. Contact Levaggi Environmental Contracting to schedule an appointment to for a free asbestos safety evaluation today!