What Is Asbestos?

During the early 1900s, asbestos was an incredibly popular material used in various applications, mainly during the construction of homes and buildings. This naturally-occurring silicate mineral was prized for its resistance to fire, water, and chemical exposure. These beneficial characteristics made asbestos a valuable building material and was highly incorporated into roofing, insulation, floors and ceilings, drywall, pipes, fireplace cement, electrical panels, and much more. For several decades asbestos was used to construct millions of homes and buildings until the slow-developing side effects rose to the surface.

Asbestos is made up of microscopic fibers that become airborne when disturbed during mining, installation, remodeling, demolition, or other invasive activities. These tiny, airborne fibers are easily inhaled into the lungs, where they damage the tissue, cause scarring, and lead to lung cancer and mesothelioma. Once the correlation was made between asbestos exposure and these certain types of cancers, all of the asbestos mines in the U.S were closed down, and the use of the material in construction was significantly reduced.

Our technicians at Asbestos Control Group understand the risks associated with asbestos and the importance of having your property professionally inspected and the hazardous material removed. If you are concerned about the presence of asbestos in your home or business, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are trained and licensed in Oregon to perform asbestos abatement.

Asbestos Testing

Because of the high risk for contamination, testing for asbestos should only be conducted by a professional. Our technicians follow strict safety precautions, including to use of personal protective equipment like gloves, masks, glasses, and in some cases, a full-body suit. When testing for asbestos, it is essential that adults, children, and pets are not in the immediate area. Additionally, fans, heaters, or air conditioners should be turned off to prevent circulating the possible airborne fibers. Because asbestos can not be identified with the naked eye, samples must be sent off to a lab to be tested under a microscope.

At Asbestos Control Group, your safety is our top priority. If the presence of asbestos is confirmed and poses a risk to your health, we will walk you through the next steps for asbestos abatement. In most cases, the abatement process must take place as soon as possible to reduce the risk of exposure.

Asbestos Removal

The process for asbestos abatement involves numerous steps and safety procedures, including a negative air pressure machine, a 3-stage decontamination chamber, and secure double-bagging removal of asbestos-containing materials. It is critical that the area where the asbestos abatement is taking place be properly sectioned off from the rest of the property to prevent contaminating other areas. Our team of technicians has the training, skill, and experience to safely and effectively remove asbestos from your property.

There are strict guidelines that must be followed during asbestos removal. Any materials contaminated with asbestos can not be disposed of at a normal landfill; they must be taken to a specific location specializing in asbestos waste. For these reasons and many more, it is essential that you work with a professional asbestos abatement company like us. Our team is friendly, knowledgeable, and here to help when you need it most. Call Asbestos Control Group Inc. today and speak with one of our asbestos abatement technicians!