Asbestos Abatement 101

Living in a health-conscious society many people are now aware of dangers that previously posed no threat to humans.  From our diet to the air-quality around us, our instinct to protect ourselves has evolved.  Education on chemicals and dangerous natural resources like asbestos are now readily available to everyone. Asbestos production was banned in 1978.  Even then, contractors wanted to use up supplies and continued the use in homes as late as 1986.  With testing from an EPA licensed consultant, you can make sure your home is safe.  Atlantic Bay Contracting is here to help keep your family safe with asbestos abatement in Boston.

What is Asbestos

Asbestos is the Greek word for inextinguishable or indestructible.  Because of its strength and corrosion resistance, asbestos became a commonly used element in construction.  This naturally occurring silicate fiber was also fire resistant and proved a worthy tool for insulation.  Mined for over 4,000 years asbestos was used worldwide for many projects. Still today some countries continue to support the use of asbestos as building material.

Harmful Effects

While undergoing a home remodel that requires demolition of some sort, asbestos is often discovered.  Common areas that harbor asbestos include popcorn or decorative ceilings, insulation, exterior siding, and roofs.  After years of research, it has been learned that when the fibers are inhaled, asbestos is extremely dangerous.  Health concerns such as lung cancer and mesothelioma have been linked directly to asbestos exposure.  The effects of long term exposure may not show up for years.  These symptoms can include shortness of breath, a persistent dry cough, and a loss of appetite causing weight loss. It is always best to check in with your primary care physician if you feel you may have been exposed to asbestos.

How to Treat Asbestos

The first signs of any potential contamination will bring your project to a halt.  Your project may be on hold for a few days or a few weeks depending on the severity of the asbestos. Although this may seem a nuisance, it is always best to remove asbestos. The first step is to contact a professional.  Asbestos abatement involves identifying, eliminating, and capturing all fibers to eliminate any further potential threat.  During the abatement process, occupants are not allowed in the area. The area is sealed off preventing any spread of the fibers. Special equipment is used by professionals to contain and safely remove all traces of asbestos allowing your project to get back on track.

 

Remember it is always best to leave asbestos dealings to professionals.  Offering EPA, DBE, MBE-certified asbestos abatement in Boston, the professionals at Atlantic Bay Contracting will leave you with the peace of mind you deserve.  Contact them today at (617) 782-4986.