There are over 3,000 manufactured products that are known to contain asbestos. Recent reports estimate that over 30 million homes and commercial buildings, within the United States alone, contain some type of an asbestos-containing product. The only way to truly remove the threat of asbestos exposure and its dangerous health effects is to complete an asbestos removal project for the premises.
Products containing asbestos should only be handled by Seattle Asbestos Environmental, LLC, a licensed asbestos removal contractor. Removing asbestos materials in your own home is strongly discouraged. In most cases, asbestos must be removed entirely; however, in some instances asbestos abatement may be accomplished through encasement or encapsulation. Ultimately, the process depends on the location of asbestos and the amount of asbestos present, among other factors.
Why Test for Asbestos?
Asbestos is highly toxic and was widely used in a large number of building materials including flooring, ceiling tiles, insulation, cements, joint compound and more. It is important, therefore to test for the presence of asbestos before initiating any building repairs or improvements on structures that were built prior to 1980. Not doing so can put you and others in the immediate vicinity at risk for inhaling airborne asbestos fibers during the repair or renovation. Asbestos has causal links to mesothelioma, a type of asbestos cancer.
The Role of an Asbestos Consultant
An asbestos consultant is certified to perform accredited testing for asbestos. They are also equipped to make recommendations for the safe removal or containment of asbestos containing material and can monitor and certify the success of the work of an asbestos removal contractor.
The Role of an Asbestos Removal Contractor
Asbestos removal is typically required before an older building is demolished, prior to any maintenance or renovation that could disturb asbestos containing materials or when asbestos containing materials are damaged. Seattle Asbestos Environmental, LLC is a licensed asbestos removal contractor and we will determine whether an HSE (Health and Safety Executive) license is required for the job. This type of license is usually necessary when there is a high probability that asbestos fibers will be released into the air during the scheduled work. We will assess what is required for removal, perform the removal work and dispose of the hazardous material in a local government approved site. There are stringent requirements set by federal, state and local authorities regarding the methods for asbestos removal, handling, removal and disposal. Seattle Asbestos Environmental, LLC knows and follows all of the required regulations with no deviations.