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When you need asbestos removal in your home or commercial building, the easiest, safest choice is to turn to professionals who have the equipment, knowledge, and experience to deliver specialized service and remediation with care and precision. Contact The Modern Pros in Southeast Michigan to discuss your circumstances.
The Basics of Asbestos
Just because a substance is naturally occurring like asbestos, that does not mean it’s safe for humans. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious health side effects such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
While there is no known safe level of asbestos exposure for humans, the fibers must be airborne and inhaled to cause health risks. Even though your first instinct upon discovering asbestos in a structure may be to rip it out, the smartest first move is to reach out to an asbestos removal and abatement expert.
Types of Asbestos-Laden Materials
Asbestos was once a common component of building materials, prized for its properties, and it can still be found in many places, including:
- Floor tile: During the removal of old linoleum or vinyl flooring, restorers may see black adhesive smears between the floor tiles and subfloor. These streaks are likely to be black mastic, a once-common but now-discontinued building product that often contains asbestos.
- Insulation: Asbestos-contaminated vermiculite insulation looks like small pebbles which are usually grayish or silver-gold in color. This material is often found between attic joists.
- Building materials: Boards, pipes, siding, gutter systems, and HVAC ducts used in home construction were once laden with asbestos-cement transite, popular for its durability and heat-resistant properties.
- Pipe wrap: Asbestos pipe wraps protected against corrosion and abrasion in the joints of pipe systems, while also providing strong insulation and warding off freezing and the spread of fires.
- Octopus furnace: An octopus furnace is an old, complex machine that does not use a blower fan to move heated air around. This type of furnace is most likely to contain asbestos insulation around its multiple arms of ductwork.
Whatever you do, wherever you suspect there is asbestos, do not disturb the material or attempt to remove it on your own for testing or inspection. You want to avoid releasing more fibers into the air and instead contact an expert immediately to help you address the possibility of asbestos removal. An asbestos removal professional is the best resource for determining the age and danger level of the asbestos in your space and what abatement measures must be taken going forward.