Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that was at one time used everywhere in the construction industry as a flame and chemical retardant. That was before researchers discovered that it is one of the most hazardous substances ever legally used. Anyone who breathes its fibers, workers who handle it or mere bystanders are at risk for possible fatal forms of cancer, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
In 1978, the U.S. banned its production. However, since installers were permitted to use the remaining stocks. It remains in structures built as late as 1986. This pose serious danger during renovation, remodeling, demolition and any other activity that releases its fibers into the air if not handled properly by a professional such as XSI Disaster Services.
If your building was built before 1986, it may contain asbestos in any of the following:
These items may be safe until they become brittle and release asbestos fibers into the air. The danger comes when they are breathed. As buildings age, leaving asbestos in place can be a disaster waiting to happen.
To find out if you have asbestos in your home or business, you will need a licensed asbestos abatement professional who will verify whether or not your building contains asbestos and then provide you with an asbestos removal plan to make it a safe place to live or work. If you are planning construction, you legally cannot proceed without first taking this step.
We are your Atlanta area licensed asbestos abatement professionals. Our people are fully certified and trained in asbestos removal and disposal. If you suspect or know that your building contains asbestos and want it safely removed and properly disposed of, contact us.