Asbestos was used widely in commercial and residential construction projects up until the late '70's. Due to health concerns, in 1978 the U.S. Government put a permanent ban on the use of asbestos. If your home was built prior to the permanent ban, it's very likely that you have asbestos in your home's building materials.
Should all asbestos be removed? The answer is "No". Asbestos only becomes a danger to your family if it becomes friable. Friable means the asbestos material has become dry and can easily break or crumble. Some examples of friable asbestos include acoustic ceilings, tiles, plasters, and wallboard. When asbestos becomes friable, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled. These fibers lodge into your lungs and body tissue. Prolonged exposure to friable asbestos can result in severe health problems. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR), studies have shown that it can take 15 or more years before seeing the impact friable asbestos has on one's health. This is all dependent on the length and extent of asbestos exposure that the individual has endured.
Chest x-ray following asbestos exposure. Pleural plaques seen as the dense white patches.
The ATSDR has found that significant exposure to friable asbestos will increase your risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and non-malignant lung conditions. This conclusion was based on observations of these diseases in groups of workers with exposure to varying levels of asbestos and varying duration times. Exposure concentration, duration, frequency, and size/shape of the asbestos fibers were all factors on how an individual was affected by asbestos.
If you suspect that you may have friable asbestos in your home or workplace, contact us today for an inspection and remediation quote. We are family owned and operated, and we are committed to bringing the highest level of safety to our services. We can handle any size project— commercial or residential— all while keeping within your budget. We're not only certified to the highest level, but we also maintain high standards of quality. Our standards are so high that we trust our own family members to work in the remediation environments, without any harm.
Side view of asbestos material
Colorado State requires you to file an asbestos permit prior to starting your project. In many cases there is a waiting period between filing your permit, processing it, and approving the contractor to begin on the project.
Colorado State also requires a demolition permit before the tearing down of any structure. If there is asbestos within the building, the asbestos must be removed prior to demolition. Contact us for an inspection to see if you have asbestos present within your structure.
Once inspected, if it is found that the asbestos in your home is not friable and is in good shape, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends leaving the asbestos alone to avoid damaging it. Tampering with the asbestos can result in it becoming friable, which can release fibers into the air. In most cases it is recommended to either leave the nonfriable asbestos alone or to encapsulate it. If you would like to remove the asbestos due to remodeling, it should be done safely, legally, and it should be discarded properly by a licensed asbestos contractor. We can assist you with the entire asbestos inspection and remediation process. Contact us today to learn more.
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