This article is directed to give information in regards to asbestos abatement. Every individual will experience different signs and symptoms once they have been exposed to asbestos. It is always different as some will experience all of the warning signs and others will only have one or two symptoms. The warning signs are quite significant and include the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Swollen fingertips
- Persistent dry cough
If the property or business structure was built before 1980 and you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should reach out to your local asbestos abatement experts in the Los Angeles area. My recommendation is the folks over at Environmental Pros. They are by far the experts when it comes to asbestos abatement.
The teams that handle asbestos abatement are specialized hazardous waste removal professionals that are trained and certified specifically for that purpose. It is a fact that most of the properties that were built before 1980 contain some sort of asbestos in them. This is true for both residential and commercial properties. Most likely, these properties will require the asbestos abatement process in order to safely occupy them. These are some of the items that are most likely to contain the dangerous and deadly substance:
- Roof shingles
- Flashing around the roof
- Floor tiles
- Ceiling tiles
- Insulation (commonly used around water heaters, pipes, ducts, fireplaces and sheeting)
- Pipe cement
The Environmental Pros asbestos abatement teams are highly trained and qualified to know what and where to look for and identify asbestos.
With all of that being said you would think that all the properties here in the Los Angeles area would be riddled with tons of asbestos as most of LA was developed prior to 1980. The great thing about asbestos and asbestos abatement is that it only becomes dangerous once it is disturbed and becomes airborne. Here is an example of how asbestos can become airborne. You hire a contractor to put extra insulation in your attic and then find that you need a roof repair. If the insulation is disturbed during your roof repair, the asbestos can become airborne. If the asbestos becomes airborne, it can become dangerous to all that are exposed. This will require the professional asbestos abatement teams to come in and remove the deadly material.
Once the asbestos testing process has been completed, the asbestos abatement team are quick to carefully prepare the samples and get them sent off to specific laboratories that specialize in detecting asbestos. The official agency that maintains the official list of labs that do asbestos testing is the National Institute for Standards and Technology.
Doing just a visual inspection to detect asbestos is simply not sufficient enough. A popular test that most asbestos abatement teams use is the PLM (Polarized Light Microscopy) and the TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy). The two of these tests’ are approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the local Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
It is always better to be safe especially if you think you have experienced any of the warning signs that there may be asbestos within your property. The number one important thing to do is to reach out to the asbestos abatement teams at Environmental Pros here in Los Angeles and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. The experts will surely work fast and safe as they perform the asbestos removal process.
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