The Importance of Asbestos Removal Companies – Don’t Do It Yourself!
“Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with mesothelioma?” This is the attention-grabbing line that familiarized so many of us with the dangers of asbestos. The early 2000s saw a rise in the number of television commercials urging those diagnosed with this disease to seek legal representation. In turn, the growth of asbestos abatement companies stressed the importance of asbestos removal companies being used for the sake of citizens’ health. This is due in large part to how easily asbestos fibers become airborne. Here at Encompass Environmental we offer asbestos abatement in conjunction with meth decontamination and lead paint removal in Colorado and Eastern Utah. Let’s explore the importance of asbestos removal companies – Don’t Do It Yourself!
What is Asbestos?
We all know that asbestos poses a major health risk, but what is asbestos exactly? Asbestos actually refers to a group of six, naturally occurring minerals. These minerals are composed of soft fibers that are also heat-resistant, making it a popular choice for construction materials. There are two subcategories of asbestos which fall under the “blue” or “white” asbestos category, depending on their chemical composition. In addition to their difference in color, these two categories are also distinguishable by their physical appearance. Blue asbestos is straight and jagged, whereas white asbestos is curly. Some of the most common construction materials that have historically used asbestos as part of their composition include roofing materials (such as shingles, adhesives, and felt), siding, insulation, and different types of tile.
Asbestos Laws And Regulations
In 1989 the federal government began implementing asbestos laws and regulations. They started with a partial ban on asbestos materials. Unfortunately, this did not completely shut down the asbestos market. Many materials still contain asbestos. In 2019, the government took another step towards abolition of asbestos by enforcing more bans. Because legislation against asbestos is still evolving, it’s important to remember that even newer homes do pose risk factors for containing asbestos materials–even more incentive for you to ensure that you have access to a credible asbestos abatement company should the need arise. For more information on asbestos removal in Grand Junction based on build date click here.
Can’t I Just Remove Asbestos Myself?
Simply put, “No.” It’s common for individuals facing the prospect of asbestos removal to be compelled to simply complete the project themselves. Here’s what you need to know when asking, “Can’t I just remove asbestos myself?”— there are significant health risks linked to exposure to asbestos, and exposure occurs easily. These risks do not only apply to the individual directly engaged with the asbestos containing materials, but there are also secondary exposure risks to your loved ones that accompany attempting to remove asbestos yourself. Mostly this occurs when asbestos particles attach to your clothing and then inadvertently expose those you come into contact with later–including a spouse who could be laundering your clothes.
Exposure to Asbestos
Exposure to asbestos is considered dangerous because, once the fibrous materials of asbestos become airborne, they are able to able to make their way into your body. Damage or breakdown of any material which contains asbestos, results in hazardous fibers being released into the air. Damage can occur from a broken asbestos siding tile on the outside of your house, or it can occur when water damages drywall that contains asbestos. If you have water damage in Grand Junction, we partner with Delta Restoration Services to help you tackle the complex situation of dealing with asbestos abatement and water damage.
Once asbestos is airborne and the fibers have been inhaled, the fibers can then embed themselves into individuals’ lungs or other major organs. The danger of asbestos lies in the body’s delayed reaction to this hazardous material. Often it can be anywhere from ten to forty years before the damaging effects of asbestos are seen. Due to the delayed onset, and severity, of diseases resulting from asbestos exposure, it is imperative that you hire a qualified asbestos abatement company so that you are not risking your health in the years to come.
Health Risks Associated with Asbestos
There are three primary health risks associated with asbestos: malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Malignant Mesothelioma attacks the tissue that lines most major organs and is most commonly found in the lungs and stomach and occasionally in the heart. There are four stages of Mesothelioma and the life expectancy, once diagnosed, ranges from 10 to 21 months. Lung cancer attributed to asbestos exposure only accounts for about 4% of all lung cancer diagnoses. Smokers are at increased risk of developing lung cancer from asbestos exposure, as smoking hinders the lungs’ ability to remove fibers that become lodged in the lungs. Asbestosis is scarring and inflammation of the lungs due to asbestos exposure. Oftentimes these three diseases can occur simultaneously. Because these diseases are so serious in nature, it is vital that individuals who suspect their home or business contains asbestos materials that have been damaged seek help from a licensed asbestos abatement company immediately.
Finding an Asbestos Removal Company
You’re aware of the dangers and how easily exposure to asbestos occurs, and you want to let an expert handle it, so now what? The task of finding an asbestos removal company can seem daunting. Here are a few tips and tricks when searching for a contractor:
- Don’t be fooled by low bids! Oftentimes contractors will purposefully bid low in order to secure a project and then submit large change orders throughout the job.
- Ensure that your contractor is licensed and insured. Beware of companies that are promising low prices and don’t have the reputable credentials to back up their work.
Hire Us for your Asbestos Removal
Here at Encompass Environmental we invite you to look at our record and hire us for your asbestos removal needs! We are a dependable, family-owned operation that has sought out employees who are well-versed in asbestos removal and other decontamination services. With all of our employees, we have combined years of solid work experience and a slew of satisfied customers. We are able to produce precise bids as a result of our immense experience in our field.
Your safety and our safety are of the utmost importance to us. That’s why we are dedicated to obtaining and maintaining safety certifications from a variety of organizations: OSHA, IICRC, CDPHE, and ECSI. In addition, we have also received our Hazwoper Training.