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Asbestos

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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Because of its fiber strength and heat resistant properties, asbestos has been used for a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets and coatings.

When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.

Although the use of asbestos has dropped dramatically in recent years, its past use, mostly as an insulating material in homes and buildings, means that it continues to pose a potential health hazard to Los Angeles home owners and employees residing in older buildings.
Do you have the following question or concerns:

  • Who can I call about asbestos removal or building demolition questions?
  • Do I need to have a survey prior to any demolition or renovation?
  • Who needs to file the Asbestos Removal or Demolition Notification form(s)?
  • Who should fill out the notification?
  • Are there exceptions to the Notification requirement?
  • Do I have to notify for a demolition if there is no asbestos?
  • Do I have to notify for a demolition if I “know” or believe there is no asbestos?

We have all the answers. Call Us today. We can answer your questions and concerns.

Why Do You Need to be Concerned About Asbestos?

When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.

Most Common Sources of Asbestos Exposure
Workplace exposure to people that work in industries that mine, make or use asbestos products and those living near these industries: the construction industry (particularly building demolition and renovation activities), the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation and other building materials), and during automotive brake and clutch repair work, deteriorating, damaged, or disturbed asbestos-containing products such as insulation, fireproofing, acoustical materials and floor tiles.
What if I have asbestos in my home?

The best thing to do is to leave asbestos-containing material that is in good condition alone. If unsure whether or not the material contains asbestos,

you may consider hiring our professional asbestos inspector to sample and test the material for you. Before you have your house remodeled, you should find out whether asbestos-containing materials are present. If asbestos-containing material is becoming damaged (i.e., unraveling, frayed, breaking apart) you should immediately isolate the area (keep pets and children away from the area) and refrain from disturbing the material (either by touching it or walking on it). You should then immediately contact an asbestos professional for consultation. It is best to receive an assessment from one firm and any needed abatement from another firm to avoid any conflict of interest. In such a scenario as described above, asbestos-containing material does not necessarily need to be removed, but may rather be repaired by an asbestos professional via encapsulation or enclosure. Removal is one of many alternatives for asbestos control that should only be followed when recommended by Certified Asbestos Consultants and performed by certified remediation experts. Call our professionals with any questions you may have and we will be happy to help.

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