We’re much more aware of what we use to make common building materials now than in decades past. Many of the buildings that we live and work in were constructed using sheetrock containing asbestos, a substance we now know to be toxic. If you are planning any remodeling—DIY or otherwise—you want to ensure that you are not exposing your family or your employees to asbestos. When it comes to removing asbestos, you can’t afford to get it wrong. That’s why you should call in the professionals: Atlantic Bay Contracting.
Here’s a quick guide to asbestos and how to remove it from your property.
What is asbestos?
Most of us know that asbestos is a toxic substance that is in old buildings. But what is it exactly? Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous silicate mineral. Each fiber is made up of microscopic “fibrils.” Abrasion and other processes can easily release these fibrils into the atmosphere. Large-scale asbestos mining began in the late 1800s after it was discovered that is an excellent electrical insulator and highly fire-resistant. It wasn’t until the 1970s that we recognized its negative effects on human health.
What buildings have asbestos?
We think of asbestos as being in old buildings, but how old? The truth is, buildings that need sheetrock asbestos removal may not be that old. Sheetrock containing asbestos was a common building material in the United States between 1930 and 1980. If your home or office building dates from that time, it probably has asbestos. Bans on asbestos did not begin to go into effect until 1977. Because of that timeline, manufacturers used asbestos in sheetrock into the early 1908s. Even if the sheetrock itself did not contain asbestos, it was even more common in the joint compound that holds the panels together.
Is there a way around it?
Not really. You might think that because you’re more likely to find asbestos in the joint compound rather than the sheetrock, you can just avoid the edges of the panels, right? If only it were that simple. Joint compound goes in more places than just the joints. Builders also use it to patch holes and reinforce weak spots. In some cases, there may even be a thin skim layer of joint compound spread across the entire drywall sheet. It is almost impossible to avoid hitting asbestos in some form when cutting or sanding sheetrock.
Do I need sheetrock asbestos removal?
Even if you’re not planning a remodel any time soon, it’s a good idea to remove any asbestos from your property. If the building was constructed between 1930 and 1980, it’s likely the builders used materials containing asbestos. The safest and most effective method of sheetrock asbestos removal is asbestos abatement. Asbestos abatement is a set of procedures that controls the release of asbestos fibers from materials containing asbestos.
Safe and Professional Sheetrock Asbestos Removal
Atlantic Bay Contracting has 25 years of experience improving the quality of residential and commercial properties. For safe and professional sheetrock asbestos removal, contact us to consult with our trained and certified team.