Asbestos Removal & Abatement in South and East Bay Area
Have you recently learned that your older home contains asbestos? If you suspect that your home or building has asbestos, don’t try to handle it yourself. Instead, have the team at Environmental Remedies, Inc. identify and remove it for you. We have the knowledge and experience to safely remove asbestos in accordance with national asbestos regulations. We follow a thorough abatement process that protects the health of our clients and employees alike. Once we’re finished, your Bay Area property will be free of asbestos and your indoor air will be much safer to breathe.
Family owned and operated, Environmental Remedies, Inc (ERI) is fully licensed and certified to remove environmental hazards, including asbestos and lead from residential, commercial and public properties in and around the Bay Area including all cities within Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin and Solano counties.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have been used for many years in commercial products. Asbestos has been used for thousands of years, but didn’t become popular until the latter half of the 1800s. Builders quickly recognized asbestos’ fire-retardant properties, and started using it for insulation and sound absorption. Asbestos was widely used as building material for decades. It eventually became clear that the prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers caused significant health risks, and the asbestos industry sharply declined. However, asbestos has still not been completely banned in the U.S. It can be found in most Bay Area homes and buildings constructed or renovated between the 1950’s and 1980’s. Asbestos was used for a variety of building materials, because of its sound absorbency, flexibility, strength, and ability to resist heat. These materials included:
- Popcorn Ceilings
- Vinyl Sheet Flooring
- Floor Tiles
- Roofing Shingles
- Ducting Insulation
Asbestos Health Risks
Asbestos fibers enter the lungs when inhaled, potentially causing a wide range of problems. People who work or live in environments with asbestos have the highest risk of developing the following diseases.
- Lung Cancer: Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer there is. As asbestos fibers accumulate in the lungs, they kill healthy cells and encourage the growth of tumors.
- Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a type of cancer strongly associated with asbestos exposure. Some cases of mesothelioma develop after only a few months of regular exposure.
- Asbestosis: Workers who are regularly exposed to asbestos may also develop asbestosis, a chronic condition that causes considerable lung scarring. Sufferers may experience shortness of breath or even respiratory failure.