Asbestos, Mold, and Lead Testing and Removal Services
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos when friable (can be crushed into dust with normal hand pressure) produces small lightweight fibers that float in the air. When inhaled into the lungs they stab the alveoli (tiny air sacs in the lungs). Since the tiny fiber has a barbed end, the fiber becomes trapped and cannot be expelled from the lungs, and the body’s natural defenses kick in growing scar tissue around the alveoli. If this process continues, additional alveoli are damaged which reduces the ability of absorbing oxygen into the bloodstream. This affliction is called asbestosis. Another more deadly disease is call mesothelioma (made famous by late night lawyer commercials). This disease is thought to be caused when a fiber works its way through the lung tissue into the pleura lining of the lungs. Then forming a deadly form of cancer called mesothelioma.
Why was Asbestos used?
Asbestos has unique properties such as resistance to heat, chemicals, and weather which makes it great for use as an insulator or as an additive to building materials.
What types of building materials contain asbestos?
- Roofing materials
- Transit panels
- Rolled roofing
- Flooring materials
- Floor tile and mastics
- Linoleum and sheet flooring and mastics
- Wall and ceiling materials
- Dry wall
- Joint compound
- Hard Plaster
- Acoustical Plaster
- Sheet rock
- Transit panels
- Pipe, duct, and tank insulation
- Window glazing and caulking
- Vermiculite (wall and attic insulation)
- Glues (carpet, tile, or construction adhesives)
- Fake snow
Can I legally remove asbestos from my house?
The answer is yes if it. your primary residence. We do not recommend that you try on your own, but it is legal. As far as disposal you must check with your waste disposal company to see if it is ok to put the waste generated from this operation in the garbage can.