Asbestos is a mineral that was used for building and insulation in the 1950's It was later discovered to cause Mesothelioma, other cancers, and health issues. During Remodeling the fibers can become loose and be breathed in causing the above mentioned health issues.
Asbestos information, removal and safe handling.
Asbestos is a name that is given to a group of fibrous silicate materials which naturally occur in the environment. It was mined and widely used for many decades in the past. Asbestos became widely used by industry in the 1800's due to its unique combination of chemical inertness, flexibility, insulation and tensile strength. This naturally occurring mineral is the only one of its kind that can be woven like cotton or wool into useful fabrics and fibers.
There are 3 most common types of asbestos: Chrysotile (or white asbestos), Crocidolite (or blue asbestos) and Amosite (or brown/gray asbestos). Blue asbestos causes the most harm of these types. Its fibers are extremely thin and long which makes them highly likely to reach the lungs as compared to the curlier fibers of white asbestos.
Why is asbestos dangerous? During the early 1900’s concern had been raised by medical professionals stating that the deaths of asbestos workers through respiratory diseases were caused by their exposure to asbestos. By the 1930’s there was already a substantial scientific knowledge concerning asbestos and it’s related diseases.
Diseases related to asbestos are generally associated with inhaling the mineral over a extended period of time. However, there are a small number of people who may develop mesothelioma after a short exposure to asbestos.
Can I find asbestos in my home? Yes. There are many materials in homes that may contain asbestos. Although in some cases, the presence of materials that contain asbestos in homes are no cause for alarm if they are not damaged. Say for example, asbestos cement sheet ceilings or walls that are in good conditions and paint-coated do not pose a health risk so long as they are not showing any sign of damage or degradation and are not disturbed. It is advisable to visually inspect these types of materials from time to time for damage and deterioration. If you have decided to handle asbestos removal or are working with materials with asbestos, it is important to consider and remember the following:
-old floor tiles
-joint compound used on seams between pieces of sheetrock
– Popcorn Ceilings
– Piping Insulation
– HVAC ducts
– Roof Shingles
-Patching compounds used on walls and ceilings
-Walls and floors in HVAC/ High heat- flammability areas of may be protected with asbestos paper, mill board, or cement sheets
-Boiler /furnaces and door gaskets
-Fire and Heat-resistant fabrics
-Automobile clutches and brakes
-Newer houses may also contain Asbestos!
There are six different kinds of Asbestos
All six are under two main groups: Serpentine and Amphibole.
Asbestos is a Carcinogen-a substance that promotes carcinogenisis, or the formation of cancer. It is a deadly mineral that is know to cause cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. Thousands of hardworking men and women have been and are being diagnosed with mesothelioma--The cancer caused by Asbestos exposure--Because companies are putting profits ahead of people. If your building has Asbestos, do the responsible thing and get it out of your building. The cost of Asbestos Removal in any of the above mentioned areas depends on the amount needed to be removed. We can give you a quote and then safely remove it from your building. Please call us for details at 773-345-7074 (click to call on mobile phone)
What is Asbestos Removal?
We have discussed a lot of Facts regarding asbestos, how harmful it is, and why you need to remove it. We've also discussed in many other pages on this site why it maybe not a good idea for you to try to remove asbestos by yourself if you are not an asbestos contractor or an asbestos removal professional in Chicago.
But let's assume you already understand all this and you want to have asbestos removed from your home or commercial building. What is the process that the professionals use to remove it?
The first step the professionals use is to set up the workspace so that any asbestos fibers that are released during demolition do not escape the work site. This is really important because even if the asbestos abatement professionals are wearing proper equipment to protect themselves from the asbestos fibers, if it's best with fibers are released into the air around the work site it can be extremely harmful to the general public or anyone who is near the worksite and breathes in these fibers.
There are a number of different ways that a work site can be isolated from the outside world. Sometimes it temporary structure needs to be built around the asbestos abatement job site that can keep all the asbestos fibers inside during the course of the demolition. Usually there's equipment involved in this process, that purifies the air and filters any fibers from going in and out. Sometimes there are even separate structures built for decontamination where the workers can remove there asbestos contaminated uniforms and then leave wearing street clothes.
A simple way that asbestos fibers are kept out of the air is simply by moisturizing the workspace or spraying down the area so that any fibers that are released and not become airborne.
After the work site is set up and isolated from the general public, demolition can begin. I'm not going to go into all the details of this but there are many different ways to remove asbestos including grinding scraping cutting. Sometimes if the asbestos cannot be removed from the surface the entire structure may need to be disposed of.
After all the asbestos has been removed, the temporary structure can be taken down and any specials contaminated materials can be disposed of. But these materials cannot simply be thrown in a landfill they are extremely dangerous to humans and must be disposed of us toxic waste. asbestos professionals know how to remove and where to dispose of toxic materials safely. As you can see there's much more to an asbestos removal job than meets the eye. It is a very elaborate process that requires Great care and specialized training. Give us a call if you need asbestos removed or if you need asbestos testing in your house or commercial building
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