Centuries ago, the Greeks discovered what they called, “a miracle material”— asbestos, the Greek word for inextinguishable for its use in non-combustible royalty shrouds. Long since those times, asbestos has been a major part of the construction industry for well over 100 years.
A naturally occurring fibrous silicate material, asbestos, is up to 18,000 times smaller than the human hair, floating in the air for long periods of time if disturbed—and that’s what leads to the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos fibers can easily be inhaled and aggravate lung tissue. Once in your lungs, asbestos can cause long-term damage leading to asbestos cancer or mesothelioma. Certain estimates from asbestosnation.org and the Environment Working Group indicate the effects of asbestos kills 12,000 to 15,000 people each year in the United States
Asbestos was widely used in some thermal insulation products, but was banned by 1975. However, according to EPA.gov, it can still be found in numerous items, such as:
Cement Corrugated Sheets - Pipeline Wrap - Roofing Felt - Vinyl Floor Tile - Cement Shingle - Exterior Siding - Millboard - Cement Pipes - Non-Roofing Coatings - Roof Coatings
Asbestos products that have not been disturbed pose little danger. However, if through maintenance, construction, or demolition of construction materials (possibly containing asbestos) that have been damaged, moved, or disturbed, you need to contact a licensed and certified professional immediately. American Restoration Water and Fire, LLC often recommends that JENM of New Mexico service your project. JENM employs trusted technicians who are EPA/AHERA certified in Asbestos cleanup, removal, and disposal. JENM’s procedures include, but are not limited to:
Air Sampling - Decontamination Area Construction - Work Zone Regulation - Negative Pressure Air Handlers - Penetration/Opening Sealing - HEPA Vacuums - Post-Removal Lockdown - Proper Disposition of Materials in Compliance with the State of New Mexico and the EPA
For all your asbestos abatement needs, contact the staff at American Restoration Water and Fire, LLC and allow JENM to begin the process of making your home or business safe, once again.