Asbestos is truly a slow and silent killer. Extensively used in home construction starting in the early 1940s and through the 1970s, it was seen as a highly effective and affordable fire-retardant material with thermal and acoustic insulation properties. However, studies conducted after the 1970s found that prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers and breathing it in specifically can lead to lung disease. Asbestos Nation and the Environment Working Group estimate that annual asbestos-related fatalities number between 12,000 and 15,000 in the United States. At American Restoration Water and Fire, testing your homes and removing this harmful material are two of our specialties. In fact, we have a subsidiary named Asbestos Experts™ that employs IICRC technicians certified in Asbestos cleanup, removal, and disposal under the American Restoration umbrella. Our procedures include Asbestos cleanup, removal, and disposal and are EPA/AHERA compliant. Here is our process:
Our team will first complete a survey of the property to identify and document the presence of asbestos. This process includes a thorough visual inspection of affected areas. Most asbestos used in buildings lies in flooring, walls, or doors. These areas are where our team will focus our assessment.
After conducting inspections, our team will collect samples of affected materials. Different regulations mandate specific sample quantities for each affected material, which is why engaging a qualified and experienced team like ours is critical. The inspection and sampling steps can take the team anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete.
Once samples of materials are obtained, we take them to our specialized laboratory for testing. DIY kits are available to test for asbestos, but professional testing is not only recommended but far more accurate. Analysis in our laboratory usually takes 3 to 10 days.
If we find harmful asbestos in the testing phase, our team will prepare to remove it. This process is called abatement. We will first assist you with relocation during the removal process and then create strict containment areas where we can use specialized equipment and methods to remove and dispose of the asbestos safely and effectively. We will strictly adhere to legal requirements to mitigate the risks associated with asbestos exposure and removal. Once the removal process is complete, we will clean all areas thoroughly and remove the barriers so you can safely and comfortably return home.
If you suspect asbestos in your home or commercial building or are planning any construction, contact our staff at American Restoration Water and Fire and allow Asbestos Experts™ to begin making your home or business safe again.
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