Asbestos Abatement Contractors in Fort Collins
When choosing a contractor to remove your asbestos, they must adhere to OSHA, CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment), and EPA guidelines. We can handle any sized asbestos abatement project for residential or commercial properties since we are certified, licensed, and insured to do so. To arrange for your project quote, call us right now. By selecting residential asbestos removal in Fort Collins, Colorado, you can be confident that the issue will be completely resolved for your space and family as soon as feasible.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals found naturally throughout the world. It was a great discovery and was initially intended to protect human life. Asbestos was commonly used in the 19th century due to its sound absorption, strength, resistance to fire, and cost-effectiveness. It was used in products such as building materials, insulation for pipes, floor tiles, and vehicle brakes and clutches- to name just a few..
Where is Asbestos Found
Some materials are presumed to contain asbestos if installed before 1981. Examples of these materials, as well as other presumed asbestos-containing materials are:
• Thermal system insulation
• Roofing and siding shingles
• Vinyl floor tiles
• Plaster, cement, putties, and caulk
• Ceiling tiles and spray-on coatings
• Industrial pipe wrapping
• Heat-resistant textiles
• Automobile brake linings and clutch pads
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The EPA granted the CDPHE (Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment) authority to enforce all asbestos abatement projects.
AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) is what guides regulations for schools, public buildings, and even homes.
If you are remodeling, renovating, or demolishing a building and the components to be disturbed exceed the ACM (Asbestos-containing material) trigger levels, testing must be done and reported by a Colorado-certified asbestos building inspector, before any construction, or deconstruction, can take place.
OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) oversees asbestos in the general industry workplace, anyplace manufacturing ACM, shipyards, and construction sites.
Lastly, when buying or selling real estate, full disclosure of asbestos on property must be made unless a Colorado Certified General Abatement Contractor completes a full remediation.
Is Asbestos Still a Threat?
Asbestos-containing materials (ACM) can be disturbed during renovation, demolition, or even drilling into a wall to hang a picture. These ACMs release asbestos fibers into the air where they can be inhaled without knowing it and then trapped in the lungs. If swallowed, they can become embedded into the digestive tract as well. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and can cause chronic lung disease as well as other cancers. Symptoms may take many years to develop following exposure.
Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor that is caused by inhaled asbestos fibers and forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Symptoms can include shortness of breath and chest pain. The life expectancy for most mesothelioma patients is approximately 12 months after diagnosis.
What is the difference between Asbestos Abatement and Asbestos Remediation?
Asbestos Abatement is a more affordable way of stopping asbestos. We will contain the contaminated area so that it does not spread or affect the people inside. Asbestos Remediation is more permanent. During remediation, an Environmental Consultant will provide a Site Assessment, so we can come up with a remediation plan. This plan will include removing all traces of asbestos down to the very source. We eliminate all organic material that may still cause a problem and then rebuild any infrastructure we needed to remove with safe and approved materials.
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