Cambridge MA is full of new construction projects, from large projects to home renovations, it’s almost impossible to take a trip through Cambridge MA without noticing at least one construction project. Cambridge MA is also home to many buildings and homes built prior to 1980. Buildings built prior to 1980 are in danger of containing asbestos material.
Asbestos materials are resistant to heat, fire, and many other chemicals. Because of these factors, in the past, asbestos was widely used in everyday products including the building material for many homes and businesses. It is now known that exposure to asbestos can be extremely dangerous leading to many harmful diseases, such as mesothelioma, cancer, and other lung-related illnesses.
Asbestos is odorless and tasteless and when present it can only be detected through laboratory testing. Airborne asbestos is the most dangerous form of asbestos as the small airborne particles can easily travel into your lungs. Airborne asbestos is generally created when demolishing, repairing, or simply disturbing asbestos materials causing the fibers to dislodge and become airborne. This is potentially dangerous for anyone who comes into contact with airborne asbestos fibers as asbestos is a proven carcinogen.
This is why per regulation, it is important to note that in any building built in 1980 or before all building materials that are scheduled to be demolished, renovated or disturbed in any way must be tested for asbestos content before proceeding.
If you are planning on renovating your home or business and unsure if your build materials could contain asbestos it is important that you get the materials tested. Contact SCS Environmental Services located in East Boston MA. We specialize in asbestos testing & asbestos abatement. We will come and safely remove all asbestos from your property so you can safely proceed with your renovations.