When it comes to removing asbestos from any residential, commercial or public building. Garvey Environmental will properly test for the toxic mineral, follow strict regulations and processes, carry the right abatement removal equipment, and utilize highly trained staff to be sure the project is done right.
Understanding the Dangers of Asbestos
Although asbestos isn't banned in the U.S., its use is limited. However, asbestos-containing materials (ACM) still pose a danger to the public because they were common building products in homes, schools and other structures built before the 1980s. Asbestos abatement involves the identification, removal, repair and encapsulation of materials or products in a structure to eliminate the threat of exposure to toxic asbestos fibers. It's best handled by a professional asbestos abatement company. Hiring a professional for abatement is about protecting yourself and your family. It's not worth the risk to try to do it yourself.
Common Asbestos-Containing Materials in Buildings
Why asbestos? Simple: It was cheap, durable, flexible and naturally acted as an insulating and fireproofing agent. The construction and manufacturing industries used asbestos-containing products whenever possible. During World War II, use of these products peaked, and the shipbuilding industry utilized the mineral extensively. From the early 1900s to the 1970s, asbestos was the ideal material to use.
- Asbestos Gaskets
- Asbestos Sheets
- Cigarette Filters
- Electrical Cloth & Electrical Panel Partition
- Fire Proofing & Prevention Materials
- Fume Hoods and Laboratory Hoods
- Talcum Powder
- Vinyl Products
- Textile Cloths & Textile Garments
Construction Products and Common Building Locations
- Adhesives and Gold Bond Adhesives
- Ductwork Connectors & Flexible Duct Connectors
- Asbestos Felt for Roofing & Flooring
- Roof Shingles & Siding
- Vermiculite Insulation, Ceiling Tiles & Coatings
- Popcorn Ceilings
- Drywall & Cement Sheets
- Plaster, Putties & Caulking
- Electrical Switchboard Panels
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Pipe & Duct Coverings
- Thermal Boiler & Fireplace Insulations
- Vinyl Floor Tiles
Reasons for Testing a Structure for Asbestos
Although asbestos-containing products are generally safe when left undisturbed, they become brittle over time and can crumble. But the popularity of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects has heightened possible asbestos exposure.
- DIY Remodeling Projects
- Natural or Manmade Disasters Disturbed a Building's Structure
- You Own a Structure Built Before 1980
- Crumbled, Worn or Broken Asbestos-Containing Materials Found in a Building
Why Is Asbestos Abatement Important?
If damaged asbestos-containing materials are not properly removed by an asbestos abatement company, they can endanger your life and the lives of others who come into contact with asbestos dust, fibers or raw asbestos materials.
Inhaling or ingesting asbestos can lead to serious health issues such as mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis, pleural plaques and asbestos lung cancer.
About 3,000 people are diagnosed annually with mesothelioma in the U.S. An estimated 10,000 people die annually from some type of asbestos-related disease.
Microscopic asbestos fibers are .01 microns thick (18,000 times thinner than a human hair).
Steps to Take if You Suspect Asbestos Contamination
The most important first step is to not touch the suspicious materials. Let a professional asbestos abatement company handle the job.
- Don't Sweep, Vacuum or Dust Possible Asbestos Debris
- Don't Remove Suspicious Material
- Keep Children Out of Area
- Limit Activities in the Area
- Call a Licensed Asbestos Abatement Company
Type of Asbestos Abatement Work
Class I asbestos work:
Activities involving the removal of asbestos used to prevent heat loss or gain, surfacing asbestos-containing materials and those suspected of containing asbestos.
Class II asbestos work:
Removal of nonthermal asbestos-containing materials such as wallboards, floor tiles and sheeting, roofing and siding shingles and construction mastics.
Class III asbestos work:
Repair and maintenance operations of any asbestos-containing materials that will likely be disturbed. This is the type most likely used for removing asbestos.
Garvey Environmental's Trained Asbestos Professionals
We only utilize professionals who are highly trained and specialize in:
- Pre-Asbestos Abatement Activities
- Work Area Preparation
- Establishing Decontamination Units
- Using Personal Protection (Respirator and Protective Clothing)
- Worker Decontamination Procedures
- Safety Considerations in Abatement Area
- Proper Handling & Disposal of Asbestos Waste
Site Preparations for Asbestos Removal
- Work area established
- HVAC and electrical systems disabled.
- New electrical system installed to power negative air pressure units that avoid contamination of air outside work area.
- Decontamination enclosure systems installed.
- Seal openings with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
- Wet wipe or use a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter on nonmovable objects to keep asbestos from becoming airborne.
- Seal immobile items with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
- Cover surface not getting abated with plastic sheeting.
- Post warning signs that read: Danger, Asbestos, Cancer and Lung Disease Hazard, Authorized Personnel Only, Respirators and Protective Clothing Are Required in this Area.
- Clean up using a HEPA vacuum.
- Disposal requires asbestos-containing waste be sealed in leak-tight containers while still wet, then labeled clearly and taken to qualified landfills that have specific requirements for securing the waste and preventing fibers from escaping into the air.
- Vehicles that transport the waste to the landfill have specific requirements and labeling instructions.