What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of 6 types of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat, fire, and many other chemicals. Because of these factors, in the past, asbestos was widely used in everyday products including building material and fire protective gear. 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.
Per regulations, 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.
What to do if you find Asbestos?
If your test comes back positive for asbestos it is extremely important that you do not disturb the materials. Asbestos becomes a greater risk when it is disturbed in any way and becomes airborne. If Asbestos is in good condition it often does not pose a health hazard and there are no laws requiring it to be removed. But, if demolition, renovation or repair activities may disturb the asbestos containing materials it is then required to be abated. Potential exposure to asbestos is not worth the risk.
If you need removal of asbestos material it is important to call the professionals. SCS Environmental is a Massachusetts licensed asbestos contractor (AC 000125) and provides complete and safe asbestos abetment services. Our workforce is trained, licensed and experienced in all phases of asbestos abatement. We take the time to ensure that all the proper steps are taken for complete and safe abatement of asbestos from your property.
Building Materials that may contain Asbestos include but are not limited to the following:
- Pipe Insulation
- Boiler Insulation (including boiler interior)
- Spray on Fire-proofing
- Vinyl Floor Tiles (9"/9" and 12"/12")
- Floor Tile Adhesives
- Joint Compound on Non-Asbestos Wall Boards
- Ceiling Materials (plaster, 2'/2' tiles, 2'/4' tiles, etc.)
- Contaminated Ceiling Materials
- Window Glazing & Joint Compound
- Transite Panels