Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used in building construction
materials such as shingles, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, insulation, drywall, cement
and paper. Microscopic asbestos fibers can become airborne and inhaled
into the lungs when asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed
by repair, remodeling or demolition activities. Asbestos exposure can cause
significant health problems such as Mesothelioma.
The asbestos content in most building materials has been regulated in the
U.S. since the late 1970's; however asbestos use in flooring materials has
never been banned. In addition, any materials obtained from overseas may
still contain regulated quantities of asbestos. Thus, the commonly asked
question "Was it built prior to 1980?" should only be used as a rough guideline
and not as an excuse to forego testing. No building, regardless of the date of
construction, is exempt from state and federal asbestos regulations.
If you are planning on remodeling or demolishing a building, consider
having the materials sampled before work begins to make sure you are not
exposing those in the environment to unnecessary health risks. The state of
Georgia requires that if the quantity of materials to be disturbed is greater
than 10 square feet, asbestos testing must be performed. Localities will
require proof of testing prior to issuing any construction permits.
Materials identified as containing asbestos must be disposed of in a
specialized manner. An asbestos abatement company can help ensure
proper disposal of asbestos containing materials. Once the asbestos
containing materials have been removed, other construction debris can be
disposed of normally. If asbestos materials are not removed first, then all
debris must be treated as though it contains asbestos and must be disposed
in a specialized landfill, a far greater expense than normal disposal.
Air Allergen and Mold Testing provides asbestos testing and monitoring
services for contractors, demolition services, industrial, commercial,
government and residential clients throughout the Greater Atlanta area.