We have the facilities for removal and proper disposal of pipe, duct, boiler and other insulations, sprayed-on fire retardant and sound insulation, floor and ceiling tiles, panel boards, and other asbestos-containing products. All work is performed in full accordance with federal, state and local regulations and is managed to minimize disruption to your operations.
In many cases, containment may provide an equally satisfactory and less costly solution to the dangers of asbestos exposure. Procedures may include encapsulation, coating and/or removal of deteriorating sections only. Procedures and materials meet federal and local standards.
Asbestos is a common name given to a group of naturally occurring mineral fibers. The greeks are known to have woven the fibers into lamp wicks as early as the 5th Century B.C. Modern commercial use of asbestos began with the industrial revolution in the late 19th Century. Asbestos has since been incorporated into a wide variety of building products due to its abundance, low cost, strength, flexibility and insulating qualities. Adding asbestos to soft materials such as pipe insulation and acoustic plaster was banned in the U.S. by the late 1970s.
However, even today, asbestos can still be added to products that encapsulate or otherwise bind the fibers, such as vinyl tile, cement pipe and asphalt roofing. While U.S. production has diminished, asbestos-bearing ore are found worldwide and countries such as Canada and Brazil remain major manufacturers and exporters of asbestos products.
Asbestos is only a hazard when small particles become airborne, are inhaled and deposited within the lungs. Increased incidence of several illnesses including asbestosis, a debilitating lung disease, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lung or stomach cavity lining, have been observed in individuals who were persistently exposed to high levels of airborne asbestos in work environments such as mining, milling, shipbuilding, construction and manufacturing. Asbestos-containing materials in buildings pose no risk to health unless asbestos fibers become airborne and are inhaled. Intact, sealed and undisturbed materials are not a hazard.
Construction products in good condition will not release asbestos particles into the air. Hard products such a vinyl floor tile and cement shingles contain binders that completely encapsulate the asbestos for added protection. Asbestos in soft products such as pipe insulation may be completely sealed within a canvas or steel jacket. Walls, ceilings and floors may also act as barriers that separate occupied building areas from asbestos products found in mechanical rooms, crawlspaces and attics
1. Spray-applied fireproofing
2. Pipe, tank & boiler insulation
3. Air duct seam tape & vibration cloth
4. Air & furnace duct insulation
5. Gaskets, oakum & muffler insulation
6. Cement pipe, flue, conduit & exhaust duct
7. Corrugated & flat cement siding
8. Cement pegboard & bender board
9. Roofing tar, felt, mastic & shingles
We are involved in an on-going effort to survey and identify asbestos-containing materials in homes. If these materials are to be disturbed through demolition, building repair or abatement, specific safeguards must be followed to prevent exposure. Signs and labels are also used to demarcate asbestos products and abatement activities.
Work that requires removal or repair of asbestos-containing material or the testing of suspect material is restricted to trained and certified individuals.
Mesothelioma cancer most commonly develops in the lungs of people exposed to asbestos. Effective treatments are available to ease symptoms and improve your prognosis. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. It usually affects the thin, protective membrane surrounding the lungs, heart or abdominal cavity. Doctors diagnose an estimated 3,000 cases of mesothelioma a year in the United States, and the majority of those are traced to job-related exposure.
Although asbestos use declined dramatically in recent decades in this country, the incidence of mesothelioma remains steady. That difference can be traced to the distinct latency period linked to mesothelioma. The disease can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos before it shows obvious symptoms and an oncologist can make a definitive diagnosis. While no cure for the disease exists and the prognosis is typically poor, researchers made significant progress in recent years in understanding mesothelioma and developing new treatment options and alternative therapies.
Mesothelioma cancer develops after exposure to asbestos, which most often occurs in old houses, schools and public buildings. It usually takes long-term exposure to put someone at risk, asbestos is highly toxic. Even short-term and one-time exposures are known to cause mesothelioma cancer.
Microscopic asbestos fibers are breathed in or swallowed. The human body has difficulty destroying or getting rid of these fibers. Over decades, the fibers cause biological changes that result in inflammation, scarring and genetic damage. The most susceptible area to these fibers is the lining of the lungs, called the pleura, although fibers also can become trapped in the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). Once fibers cause biological damage, the stage is set for the decades-long latency period for the development of malignant mesothelioma.