Asbestos is such a concern.
The fact that asbestos is fire and heat-resistant, made it desirable for use in making construction materials. Unfortunately, asbestos proved to be harmful to human health.
According to the Department of Health and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.
When inhaled, it can cause serious illnesses, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and malignant lung cancer. Every year, approximately 2000-3000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, and 90% of these cases are due to asbestos exposure. The real extent of the problem is unknown as millions of Americans have had exposure to asbestos for years. And the symptoms for related diseases may not be evident for 50+ years after exposure.
Wondering where asbestos is found?
Regardless of where asbestos-containing material (ACM) may be in your home, our team is ready to help you. From our experience, we know that asbestos can be hiding in the following areas in and around buildings:
- Roof shingles and siding – If disturbed, these products may release asbestos into the air.
- Old floor tile and sheet linoleum – If scrapped or sanded during removal, Sheet flooring, vinyl tiles and adhesives used to lay floor covering may become an issue.
- Soundproofing or decorative material – Material that is crumbly, loose, or water-damaged may release asbestos fibers. So could material that is scrapped or sanded.
- Other products that might contain asbestos include:
- Textured paints
- Cement sheet, millboard
- Patching and joint compounds
- Fireproof gloves, ironing board covers, stove-top pads, and hairdryers
- Door gaskets in furnaces
- Embers for gas-fired fireplaces
For awareness’ sake, it is worth mentioning that material in good condition cannot release asbestos fibers. Drilling or disturbing is what creates a health risk where none previously existed.
If you suspect your Philadelphia home has asbestos, regularly check for abrasions, tears, and water damage. If you come across slightly damaged building material, limit access to the suspected area and don’t disturb or touch it. If ACM is even slightly damaged, or if you plan to make alterations to your property that may disturb it, expert asbestos inspection services are needed.
Is asbestos testing mandatory?
According to EPA, if you are conducting restorations or renovations on a building, then an asbestos testing survey is required to ensure that you don’t disrupt fibers that may cause a health risk.
Also, Pennsylvania, the state in which Philadelphia is located, has adopted the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for ACM and has additional rules that apply to the storage, transportation, and disposal.
Asbestos testing in Philadelphia: our process
Asbestos testing calls for more than a visual inspection since this alone will not suffice to determine its existence. Samples of suspected asbestos-containing material must be collected and tested at an accredited laboratory.
Tests such as these should be carried out by experts like AAA Lead Professionals, as it means you will be shielded from asbestos exposure as much as possible.
Once we have carried out tests and asbestos fibers are detected, our experts will advise you accordingly. One major piece of advice we give to our clients is to seek help from a licensed abatement firm.
Costs of asbestos projects in Philadelphia
Determining whether or not there is asbestos in your Philadelphia property shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Here at AAA Lead Professionals, we believe that your safety should come first. That’s why we don’t charge a premium for any kind of environmental testing. Regardless of the size of your building, you can count on us to provide you with a reasonable quote.
Restore your peace of mind with AAA Lead Professionals
The health of your loved one is important to you. It is good to identify anything that might jeopardize that. Reach out to our specialists for help with all your asbestos testing and removal today!
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What Our Clients Say
We had an issue with asbestos and they fixed it quickly and efficiently at a good price! Thank you!
Amazing service and pricing. Over the last 10 years of doing construction, I only use AAA for any of my lead paint, asbestos, or mold issues throughout any of my properties. I have gotten quotes from other companies but AAA was always cheaper and have much better costumer service. I would never use another company!
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Joseph and his crew were hired to remove asbestos at one house and test for lead at another house. They were on time, professional, and well priced. I was happy with their services and will turn to them again for any future need