Asbestos Inspections | Athens and Oconee

Branch Environmental provides asbestos inspections for remodeling and demolition projects in Athens, Oconee and surrounding counties. Our experienced inspection crew will ensure you know exactly what you are dealing with before your project begins, and you will remain in compliance with local asbestos regulations.

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Asbestos testing is required before you can obtain a remodel or demolition permit in Clark or Oconee county. While this may be a headache as you are trying to get started, following a few simple steps will ensure your asbestos inspection comes back quickly so you can get the job started.

Our goal is to keep you safe, move you forward as quickly as possible, and avoid any unnecessary expenses.

Delaying your project and spending the money on an asbestos inspect can be frustrating. It feels like more red tape. However, there is a real health risk when disturbing asbestos, so in this case be assured these regulations are in place to protect you, your family and the workers involved in your project.

We are your best choice for asbestos testing in the Athens area. Beyond being experts in asbestos regulations and removal techniques, our team also knows construction. What this means to you is that we don’t look at your project just focused on asbestos removal, we serve you with a holistic approach to your entire project, helping it to flow smoother which in the end saves you time and money!

Branch Environmental is trained and licensed to handle and dispose of asbestos-containing materials. Our extensive experience and ongoing training ensures that your project is in complete compliance with all laws, rules, regulations, and recommended protocols.

Branch Environmental has inspectors, abatement supervisors, and management planners on staff to respond to your needs or to answer any questions regarding the asbestos issue that you face.

Where Asbestos Hazards May Be Found In The Home

  • Roofing and siding shingles.
  • Insulation in homes built between 1930 and 1950.
  • Textured paint used prior to 1977.
  • Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces.
  • Walls and floors around woodburning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets.
  • Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
  • Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.

Asbestos Testing FAQs

What Is Asbestos

The name “asbestos” refers to the fibrous variety of six naturally-occurring minerals once used extensively in manufactured products. Its high tensile strength, flexibility, and resistance to electrical, chemical, and thermal effects made it especially valuable in construction. Although asbestos serves its intended purpose, it is also a known carcinogen and may put anyone exposed to it at risk.

How Can Asbestos Affect My Health?

Asbestos exposure may lead to major diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis (a lung disease), and lung cancer. The discovery of the pronounced health risks associated with asbestos led the federal EPA to regulate its disturbance and disposal.

Where Can I Find Asbestos And When Can It Be A Problem?

Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1970s, many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. Common products that might have contained asbestos in the past, and conditions which may release fibers, include:

  • STEAM PIPES, BOILERS, and FURNACE DUCTS
  • RESILIENT FLOOR TILES
  • CEMENT SHEET, MILLBOARD, and PAPER
  • DOOR GASKETS in furnaces, wood stoves, and coal stoves.
  • SOUNDPROOFING OR DECORATIVE MATERIAL
  • PATCHING AND JOINT COMPOUNDS
  • TEXTURED PAINTS
  • ASBESTOS CEMENT ROOFING, SHINGLES, and SIDING.
  • ARTIFICIAL ASHES AND EMBERS sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces.
  • AUTOMOBILE BRAKE PADS AND LININGS, CLUTCH FACINGS, and GASKETS.

What Should Be Done About Asbestos In The Home?

If you believe you have Asbestos in your home, don’t panic. Leave the materials you believe are contaminated alone. Generally, the only danger is when Asbestos fibers are released into the air and inhaled.

Look for signs of wear or damage on the materials you believe contain Asbestos. If you believe there is any risk of Asbestos fibers being released, call Branch Environmental and let us handle the inspection and, if necessary, disposal.

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