Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance, once used everywhere in the construction industry as a flame and chemical retardant. But that was before researchers discovered that it is one of the most hazardous substances ever legally used. Anyone who breathes its fibers – workers who handle it or mere bystanders– is at risk for fatal forms of cancer, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
In 1978, the U.S. banned its production. However, since installers were allowed to use up remaining stocks, it remains in structures built as late as 1986, where it poses serious danger during renovation, remodeling, demolition and any other activity that releases its fibers into the air.
How to know if your building is at risk
If your building was built before 1986, it may contain asbestos in any of the following:
Decorative and insulating surfacing materials
Roofing felts and tars
Flooring felts and tiles
Cement shingles, panels, pipes and ducts
Why you need to know
These items may be safe until they become brittle and release asbestos fibers into the air, where anyone can breathe them. As buildings age, leaving asbestos in place is a disaster waiting to happen.
To find out if you have asbestos in your home or business, you need a licensed asbestos abatement professional who will verify that your building contains asbestos and then provide you with an asbestos removal plan to make it a safe place to live or work. If you are planning construction, you cannot legally proceed without this help.
How XSI Disaster Services can help
We are your Atlanta area licensed asbestos abatement professionals. Our people are fully certified and trained in asbestos removal and disposal. If you suspect or know that your building contains asbestos and want it safely removed and properly disposed of, contact us. We are your Atlanta disaster experts who specialize in flood damage, water damage, smoke and fire damage, asbestos removal, cleaning services, and mold & mildew remediation problems. Call us today at 877-787-9096. Serving the metro Atlanta, GA area.