Asbestos Remediation & Removal Services for Residential and Commercial Properties
If you believe you have asbestos in your house or business, it should only be removed by a certified asbestos removal specialist like those at Octagon Cleaning & Restoration. Asbestos is a mineral fiber that can pose a threat to human health once it is airborne and inhaled, so it should not be handled by untrained personnel.
For commercial and public properties, building owners and managers should follow DEP Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Guidance plans to establish a program for the management of asbestos-containing materials in the buildings. In public buildings such as a school, the DEP has separate and distinct regulatory requirements for asbestos remediation, meaning that the removal process is taken very seriously.
Why Asbestos Should Be Removed
The harmful health effects from asbestos are well documented and continuing exposure to it increases the chance to develop an asbestos-related disease. This includes fibrotic lung disease known as asbestosis, changes in the lining of the chest cavity (pleura), reduced respiratory function and even death from lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestos can be difficult to identify by simply looking at it. If you are planning to remodel your home or if your home has been damaged or if normal aging has caused crumbling drywall or insulation, you should always treat any older material as if it contains asbestos and leave it be.
Homeowners should not be handling asbestos or attempt to remove it from their houses. Asbestos fibers are released once materials are disturbed. Residential buildings should be inspected for any asbestos materials by a trained, accredited asbestos professional.
Asbestos in Old Buildings: Are You at Risk?
Once widely used in residential, commercial, and industrial building and construction materials, many older homes, offices, schools, and commercial and public buildings still contain original materials that were made with asbestos. There is a good chance that some of the flooring, siding, insulation, shingles and many other common building materials in these older properties consist of asbestos. On the positive side, asbestos is not dangerous until it begins to wear. However, once it begins to show aging, fibers are released, become airborne, and can be inhaled.
Hire an DEP Licensed Professional
Asbestos removal needs to be handled immediately by a DEP licensed asbestos abatement contractor. Testing needs to be done by a DEP licensed testing consultant.
Commercial or residential property owners should not wait. To safely remove the hazardous material, contact a certified asbestos specialist like those at Octagon Cleaning & Restoration– trying to remove asbestos yourself is illegal as it does not follow asbestos abatement protocol. Asbestos professionals are those workers, contractors, supervisors, and inspectors who have gone through an accredited EPA Model Accreditation Plan (MAP). They know what to look for, can take samples for analysis, and prevent an increased health risk if fibers are released. Untrained personnel taking samples is not recommended. If done incorrectly it could release fibers and be more hazardous than if the material was left alone.
Octagon Cleaning & Restoration provides asbestos removal for residential and commercial properties by trained and accredited asbestos professionals. Octagon’s professionals are trained in asbestos removal protocol and will know what to look for and make the environment you work or live in a safe place to be.