Asbestos

asbestos-removalYou’ve got a renovation or demolition project and you’ve been told that you need an asbestos inspection before you can proceed, now you’re frustrated because it seems this is just another hoop you have to jump through. 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.

At Branch Environmental, we completely understand your frustration. You want it clean and safe, but you also want to move forward quickly and get the most for your money.

We are your best choice. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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