Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was formerly used to strengthen and fireproof building materials. The fluffy, soft and flexible fibers of asbestos make it very useful as an insulator in building construction, but it’s also why it is considered toxic. The fluffy asbestos fibers can be microscopic. You won’t even be able to see or feel them, but they can be breathed in, causing damage to your body.
Generally, the fibers only causes a danger to people when the material has been disturbed and the fibers are breathed in. This is why if you suspect asbestos is in your home or commercial building, you must conduct asbestos testing and have asbestos remediation conducted before any demolition or construction renovations are started. Asbestos was still popularly used in the 1970s in home and building construction until it was designated as a carcinogen.
How to tell if you have asbestos in your home or building
You must get a reputable company to conduct asbestos testing. Materials must be submitted to an EPA-certified laboratory to determine if they contain asbestos. The EPA requires that you follow strict procedures in collecting the sample, it’s best to let the experts take care of this.
Where can asbestos be found?
Asbestos was widely used for many decades. Here are some common places you may find asbestos in your home or building.
- Roof materials
- Wall insulation
- Vintage floor tiles
- Pipeline wrap
- Electrical wire casings
How to have asbestos safely removed
Our technicians specialize in asbestos remediation. We use the latest technology and equipment to remove asbestos effectively and safely. You want to be sure to have asbestos removed by a professional. Contractors unfamiliar with asbestos removal can release it into the air, causing health problems for residents or building occupants.
Advanced Restoration Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, can help you with asbestos testing and asbestos remediation. We work with many insurance companies in the area to get you approved for your insurance claims. Call us today for a free estimate.