Residential Asbestos Abatement in the South and East Bay Area
Environmental Remedies Inc Provides Asbestos Removal
If you need residential asbestos abatement in your South or East Bay Area home, Environmental Remedies Inc is here to help. If you suspect your home contains asbestos, you are in the right place, Environmental Remedies Inc (ERI) can help. After years of successfully and safely removing asbestos in Bay Area homes and following all local, state, and federal regulations, we are confident in our asbestos abatement services.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of fibrous silicate minerals. Its exceptional ability to insulate made it a popular material for commercial products for centuries. Although asbestos has been used for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the 1800s that builders began using it more frequently. The fibrous minerals were recognized for their fire-retardant properties and ability to insulate and absorb sound. For decades, it was used in commercial and residential building projects without the knowledge of the devastating health effects that result from prolonged asbestos exposure. Eventually, the health risks were identified, and the industry declined. However, this decline was not enough to ban the material entirely in the U.S. That is why asbestos still exists in Bay Area homes that were constructed or renovated between 1950 and 1990.
Materials in Your Home Which May Contain Asbestos
If you are concerned there may be asbestos in your home, you will need to consider a variety of places it could be. The benefits of asbestos, including sound absorbency, flexibility, strength, and heat resistance, made the material a favorite for many home solutions. The following materials have been known to contain asbestos:
- Popcorn ceilings
- Vinyl sheet flooring
- Floor tiles
- Roofing shingles
- Ducting insulation
How to Tell if Your Home Has Asbestos
Of course, your home is not guaranteed to have asbestos just because it has any of the features of materials listed above. There are four key factors to consider when evaluating whether asbestos is present in your home. Many of the products and materials that contain asbestos are not banned in the U.S. by the EPA. For this reason, you may have been unaware of the threat these household materials can pose if disturbed or removed improperly. Consider the following telltale signs of asbestos, and call us for abatement services today:
- The Age of Your Home
Older homes are most commonly affected by asbestos because homes built before the 1980s were often constructed with asbestos materials. Asbestos may be lingering in the insulation around the ducts, boilers, pipes, fireplaces, and sheeting of your older home.
- Vinyl Sheet Flooring
If your vinyl sheet flooring was constructed between 1952 and 1986, there is a high chance the flooring tiles were made of millboard or paper that contained asbestos.
- Corrugated Roofing
From 1920 through the 1970s, nearly all corrugated roofing sold contained asbestos. If your shingles contain Chrysotile, you are in trouble. This is simply another name for white asbestos.
Asbestos-Associated Health Risks
The danger of asbestos lies with its connection to the development of serious illnesses. Asbestos-related illnesses will rarely present immediate symptoms because they develop after repeated, long-term exposure. Symptoms of these illnesses can manifest anywhere from five months to 40 years after exposure begins. The following diseases can be contracted due to asbestos exposure:
- Lung Cancer: The accumulation of asbestos fibers in the lungs kills healthy cells and promotes the growth of tumors. Lung cancer is regarded as the deadliest cancer, but you can reduce your chances of contracting the disease by choosing ERI asbestos removal.
- Mesothelioma: This type of cancer is directly related to asbestos exposure and can be contracted as quickly as five months after initial exposure. Mesothelioma is a prime example of why it is irresponsible to wait to address the asbestos in your home.
- Asbestosis: This chronic condition is characterized by considerable lung scarring. It generally occurs in workers who are regularly exposed to the mineral substance. Symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath in some and respiratory failure in others.
Tips to Prepare for Asbestos Removal
Once you’ve scheduled asbestos removal, there are a few steps you can take to prepare your family and your home for this process. If you have any questions about asbestos removal, please call Environmental Remedies Inc. at (925) 461-3285.
- Talk to your asbestos abatement service representative about what you can expect. Every home is unique, so the best way to understand the asbestos removal process for your home is to get a timeline and plan from your contractor to ensure you understand how the process will be handled.
- It is safe to remain in your home, but if you aren’t comfortable staying in your home during abatement or a large portion of your home will be inaccessible due to the work, you’ll want to make arrangements for other accommodations for your family and pets. Your asbestos removal service can let you know how long the work should take.
Contact Environmental Remedies Inc for Asbestos Removal
You shouldn’t settle for anything worsening your indoor air quality. Contact Environmental Remedies Inc today to discuss residential asbestos abatement for your South or East Bay Area home.