Helpful Links for Asbestos Information and Guidance
Health and Safety Issues
The key to managing asbestos in your home, workplace or facility is to identify the hazard by material sampling and assess the condition. Most materials can be managed safely. Every situation is unique and should be handled by weighing all options. Questions to ask are: Are the materials accessible to children and adults? What condition is the material? Are there future remodeling plans? Is the material affected by air flow or vibration?
Types of Asbestos
There are a variety of asbestos products and forms of the asbestos mineral. Materials are classified as either friable or non-friable as well as broken into different categories. It is best to have your suspect material tested so proper precautions can be done before any project.
Disposal of asbestos is regulated through the EPA and local MPCA and only approved landfills accepts asbestos waste. All owners, whether a homeowner or commercial building owner, are required to follow all waste regulations. Asbestos Abatement Contractors must also follow all transport and waste regulations.
Asbestos can be found in over 50 products in any given residential unit and possibly 100’s of different products in commercial facilities. It is required to have all building materials tested that may be disturbed during any building project no matter what year the building was built. There are some products today that still are being sold in hardware stores nationwide.
Where Will I Find Asbestos?
Asbestos Inspections and Materials Testing
Abatement Versus Encapsulation
Most often, cost is a factor when dealing with asbestos. There may be cases in your facility where encapsulation may be the best option, decreasing costs and limiting exposure to building occupants. Abatement often is inevitable in some cases, depending upon the type of facility you have.
Building products should be tested for the presence of asbestos in order to determine the type of plan you would need to put together. Identifying asbestos building products that may be friable or identifying non-friable material is crucial to know before any light renovation project to large scale renovation or demolition project occurs.
Asbestos In Residential Homes
Asbestos can be found in over 50 products in residential homes. Before any renovation of your home, it is best to have your building materials tested before any interior or exterior demolition to occur. Asbestos can be found in flooring (linoleum and floor tile), window glazings, caulkings, sealants, roofing, wall and attic insulation, kitchen sinks, ductwork, furnaces, pipe insulation, appliances, light fixtures, wiring, etc. It is between you and the remodeling contractor to make sure materials are tested. For the safety and health of you and your family as well as the health and safety of workers entering into your home. Asbestos Survey’s can make your project run smoothly and safely. Call us today for any of your asbestos questions or schedule an inspection!