Asbestos is a natural silicate mineral comprised of thin fibers or crystals which are in turn consist millions of fibrils that can be released upon abrasion and other methods. Asbestos mining escalated at the end of the 1800’s as it was discovered that asbestos offered excellent sound absorption, resistance to fire, chemical, heat, and electrical damage, and very affordable.
When used as a material for fire or heat resistance, the fibers are either woven in fabric or combined with cement. Asbestos was a widely used material to due is inherent properties, and its use grew through most of the 1900’s. In the U.S., it is estimated to be in over 3,000 products and present in more 30 million residential and commercial properties. Its production was banned in 1978 when it was discovered that long-term inhalation of the asbestos fibers can lead to asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
The only guaranteed way to remove the risk of these diseases by asbestos is to entirely eradicate it by way of Asbestos Abatement in Brooklyn, an asbestos certified contractor. The risk of exposure depends on where and how the asbestos was used as the risk is present only if they fibers are friable (can be dislodged). Fibers that cannot be dislodged cannot be inhaled and therefore, no need to remove.
Asbestos fibers that can easily become airborne are referred to as friable. Examples are flocked acoustic ceiling tiles, buildings where it was applied as a spray-on fire retardant, inside ducts, and other places not accessible by firefighters. In buildings and homes built before 1980, it is important to test for asbestos before beginning costly repairs or renovations.
Asbestos removal by Maspeth Environmental Corp is usually required before demolition, maintenance, or renovation is done on an older structure. The contractor will make a determination of what is needed for removal, perform the work and dispose of the material. Only specially designed vacuum machines for asbestos (class H) and permitted to be used for cleanup during and after removal. Buildings that contain asbestos and scheduled for demolition may require sealing and asbestos removal before demolition.
Strict requirements are in place by federal, state, and local governments pertaining to asbestos removal and disposal. Asbestos removal regulations by state, hence the importance of hiring a licensed, Asbestos Abatement in Brooklyn contractor to handle all aspects of asbestos handling from consultation, testing, removal, and finally disposal.