Contamination Concerns – Asbestos

Posted on September 11, 2016 in Blog

Contamination Concerns – AsbestosH2 Environmental Consulting Services is Southern California’s most dependable remediation and management company. Anytime you wonder whether your residential or commercial property is safe from contaminants, call us at (800) 524-3578. Anytime you need to train your staff on proper procedures for managing hazardous materials on your property, call us at (800) 524-3578. Anytime an accident has contaminated your property – its soil, water, air, physical structure, or anything else – don’t try to handle it yourself. Call the experts at H2 Environmental Consulting Services for prompt, thorough assistance with all your environmental needs.

Today we are beginning a new blog series that we hope you will find informative. This series will explain every common environmental contaminant, elaborate on why it always needs to be effectively removed, and finally, detail why H2 Environmental Consulting Services is the best company to handle every project – big or small.

This first blog is focusing on an especially common environmental contaminant that everyone should be aware of – asbestos.

History of asbestos

Asbestos used to be used in just about every single building in the U.S. and internationally – up until the late 1970s, when scientifically studies conclusively proved that exposure to asbestos fibers was harmful to humans because asbestos is a carcinogen. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that was a popular building material because it has fantastic insulating properties and it’s almost fireproof. Now it’s banned from being used in construction in the U.S. because exposure to asbestos can cause serious diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. These problems can take up to 30 years to develop.

Where can asbestos be found today?

H2 Environmental Consulting Services has found asbestos in many different areas of homes and business properties including:

  • Insulation (in homes built between 1930-1950)
  • Textured paint used on ceilings and walls
  • Roofing shingles and sealants
  • Vinyl flooring and adhesives
  • Pipes in older homes may be coated with it or covered by tape or blankets made with asbestos
  • Gaskets in coal and oil furnaces
  • Sprayed-on ceiling material used for acoustics
  • Wire insulation or stovetop pads in older homes
  • Exhaust flues and older HVAC ducting

Wondering if your property contains asbestos?

If you’re not sure whether your residential or commercial property contains asbestos, please call H2 Environmental Consulting Services at (800) 524-3578. We’ll come with all the necessary tools to test every molecule of your property for potential contaminants, including asbestos, lead, and mold.

It’s especially important that you call H2 Environmental Consulting Services if you’re planning on doing any renovations or other construction projects on your property. As long as asbestos fibers are left undisturbed, they won’t pose a risk to anyone. But if the fibers are disturbed in any way, they could be inhaled and cause serious harm.

Call H2 Environmental Consulting Services – the asbestos experts

If we do discover asbestos on your property, we’ll begin formulating a remediation plan right away. We follow every precaution – including sealing off the area, filtering the air, and wearing special protective gear – to ensure the asbestos contamination doesn’t spread. We take care of safely disposing all asbestos-containing materials so you won’t have to worry about that either.

Start your partnership with H2 Environmental Consulting Services today by calling (800) 524-3578. We look forward to assisting you.