Asbestos And Cooling Towers

Asbestos Cooling Towers

The concept of a cooling tower itself suggests the use of asbestos. A cooling tower is meant to convert excess heat from a coolant or water into waste heat and let it off into the atmosphere. Depending on the type and the use of the tower, the makeup of cooling towers can vary significantly.

One of the most common uses of a cooling tower has been the circulating of water in oil refineries. It has also found use in chemical and power plants. Some of these towers are actually small in size and can easily be fitted onto a roof. The larger varieties are free-standing structures.

Regardless of size, cooling towers made with asbestos were naturally hazardous to those around. The main people who may have been affected by this are HVAC workers who are called on to service cooling towers. As with all things, when cooling towers aged and the materials that made them up were subject to natural wear and tear, the asbestos came loose and became free-flowing in the atmosphere.

There is also the possibility of the fibers being discharged into the air via steam released from the cooling tower. There is no exhalation of these fibers once they are inhaled. The damage is permanent and can cause inflammation as well as tumors. Though the use of asbestos-containing materials was severely restricted in the 1980s, it was too late for many individuals who had already contracted illnesses such as asbestosis, pleural plaques and even the fatal form of cancer called mesothelioma.

Unfortunately, many manufacturers of asbestos-containing products knew of the associated dangers of the substance and continued to use it. Often, no protective gear was ever provided to the people who came in contact with this substance.

Phoenix Valley Insulation Removal

If you’ve got asbestos insulation in your property it poses a health hazard.  Barrier insulation provides insulation removal services in the Phoenix Valley and is an insulation installation contractor.  That means we can remove dangerous, damaged, or ineffective insulation and replace it with the highest performance insulation on the market.  From spray foam insulation to loose fill blown in insulation we will help you choose a cost effective and high performance insulation solution to help keep you comfortable all year long.

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Identifying Asbestos Insulation

Identifying Asbestos Insulation

When it comes to asbestos, it rarely needs introduced at this point. The majority of homeowners need to be educated on the general danger of breathing and disturbing asbestos fiber. Older buildings and homes may have asbestos within products from hot water piping insulation to furnace insulation, even floor tiles. Typically, it is recommended to simply leave it as-is without disturbing it. Otherwise, hire a professional asbestos removal company.

However, there are loose-fill wall and attic insulation which can contain asbestos. If you’re insulation is the batt style insulation, as the loose fill insulation has the higher risk as it’s loosely poured into wall or joist cavities. You may also find thousands of loose particles within walls or under attic flooring. These are the insulation types that pose the most risk.

So, how do you identify if your attic insulation contains asbestos? Below we will discuss specifics about loose fill insulation which could contain asbestos.

Vermiculite Attic Insulation

Vermiculite attic insulation is the main source of concern with asbestos dangers, although asbestos is not in every brand. Vermiculite insulation alone is not dangerous, being a pellet style mineral, which expands with higher temperatures. In addition to building insulation, vermiculite is commonly used with gardening for loosening soil.

More specifically, vermiculite insulation which was mined in Montana by the Libby company is one to watch for. It was sold under the brand Zonolite, for about 70 years.

Because Zonolite had been contaminated with tremolite, it resulted in being a health hazard. Tremolite is similar to asbestos. About 70% of U.S. vermiculite attic insulation originated from the Libby mine, while 30% came from other sources.

Loose Fill Insulation Could Contain Asbestos If:

Your home was constructed prior to 1990. The Libby mine was closed down in 1990, meaning any homes that were built and/or remodeled prior to their closing date could have attic insulation containing asbestos. If your home was constructed after their closing date, it reduces the chance of asbestos containing insulation, but there’s still a chance overstock insulation was used a while after closing.

  • Zonolilte is often a silver-gold or gray-brown color, which is another way to identify the insulation particles.
  • Zonolite particles have an accordion style texture. This texture is the result of particles puffing due to heat.
  • Zonolite will lay flat against a joist cavity, and remain firm. Loose fill fiberglass often fluffs and appears more like a snow drift.
  • Zonolite is a lightweight mineral, and reacts with high temperatures that result in puffing particles.

Is Loose Fill Soft, Gray and Lack Shine?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely cellulose insulation, which contains a higher amount of recycled paper, without minerals. A closer inspection indicates this gray puffy material has no minerals, but appears like gray shredded paper. This means cellulose insulation does not contain asbestos and is a safe insulation, blown into the cavities.

Is Loose Fill Fluffy and White, With Some Shine?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely fiberglass fill. Due to being a byproduct of glass, it has some shine in light. The texture is fluffy, similar to that of cotton candy. When it comes to breathing, fiberglass can be annoying, and known to cause cancer.

Is Loose Fill Puffy, Gray and Fibrous?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely rock wool, a mineral based loose fill. It is commonly found in fiber bundles, with a cotton style look. Rock wool comes in brownish white, off white, or white. Rock wool insulation is fabricated from belted basaltic rock and dolomite, with binders being added. Raw materials get exposed to temperatures up to 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit, making it melt. Then, fibers are spun from the molten material. It is common for rock wool to be found as a woven insulation batt or loose insulation. Similar to fiberglass, it should be handled carefully, but rock wool is not known to cause cancer.

What To Do If I Suspect Zonolite Vermiculite Insulation?

If you have loose fill insulation in your wall or attic that fits the visual aspects above, you can verify if it contains asbestos with a DIY asbestos testing kit. If you would prefer not to be around the insulation, to be on the safe side a commercial firm can be hired for testing insulation for asbestos. Generally, DIY kits can be purchased under $50, which may be a cheaper route.

In the event you find your insulation contains asbestos, it is best to locate an abatement company that has professional experience in handling asbestos removal, and never disturb the insulation. Although, asbestos removal is expensive, but if left it could cause many health issues for you and/or your family.

Phoenix Valley Insulation Removal

If you’ve got asbestos insulation in your property it poses a health hazard.  Barrier insulation provides insulation removal services in the Phoenix Valley and is an insulation installation contractor.  That means we can remove dangerous, damaged, or ineffective insulation and replace it with the highest performance insulation on the market.  From spray foam insulation to loose fill blown in insulation we will help you choose a cost effective and high performance insulation solution to help keep you comfortable all year long.

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Asbestos In Brakepads

Asbestos In Brakepads

Asbestos is well known as a human carcinogen yet there are still materials containing asbestos in the USA and one of those products is often brake pads. read on to learn more.

Aftermarket Brakes

The majority of auto manufacturers haven’t installed asbestos-containing brake pads since the 1990’s due to health concerns for those that perform brake-related automotive repair or maintenance. And yet, asbestos-containing products are still used in the automotive aftermarket industry in the US, primarily due to high sales of low-cost, asbestos-containing brake parts from countries such as China and India.

Legal Proceedings

In 1989, the EPA proposed a ban on the manufacture, import, processing, and sale of asbestos-containing products to be phased out over seven years. But asbestos industry supporters challenged the ban. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the first stage of the EPA ban — prohibits new uses of asbestos, banned imported asbestos products, and ended the asbestos use in roofing and flooring felt, sheeting and tile, and clothing but id did not include several automotive parts in the ruling including brake pads.

Several initiatives have taken hold in some states such as California and Washington limiting the sale of brake pads containing asbestos. These initiatives have implications for the automotive brake parts aftermarket in North America, restraining future sales of low-cost imports from China and India, which are more likely to contain asbestos.  Replacement brake part sales in the US and Canada will see a shift in the product mix toward alternatives such as NAO brake pads and high-value, durable ceramic brake pads.

Source: https://www.freedoniagroup.com/Content/Blog/2017/05/22/Asbestos-in-Brake-Pads-What-the-Average-Consumer-Might-Not-Realize

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Asbestos In Appliances

Asbestos In Appliances

Products that once contained asbestos can be broadly divided into three ranges of products. Read on to learn more.

Handheld and Small Appliances

Handheld and smaller-than-a-breadbox sized items that had to be both lightweight and heat resistant often made it onto this list. Also, items that may have contained no major asbestos component may still have included asbestos electrical insulation in their cords or circuits.

  • Hairdryers
  • Toasters
  • Hotplates/Bunsen burners
  • Oven mitts and other heat resistant textiles
  • The wicks in lamps

Large and Installed Appliances

Larger appliances, including portable, free-standing, and installed products also could contain asbestos products as heat and electrical insulation and textiles.

  • Dishwashers
  • Ovens and stoves
  • Wood-burning stoves
  • Decorative fireplace logs
  • Ironing boards and their covers
  • Electrical blankets
  • Heaters
  • Crockpots and popcorn poppers

Talcum and Vermiculite Products

It’s important to remember that asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that is mined. While this silica-based mineral only forms under certain circumstances, it can also form in or near other minerals, potentially contaminating them. Both talcum (talc powder) and vermiculite both can be contaminated, and before testing was done to make sure these minerals were screened, both could be contaminated by asbestos.

Source: https://fibercontrolinc.com/types-of-appliances-that-contain-asbestos

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Asbestos In Older Buildings Health Risks

Identifying Asbestos Insulation

The world famous Cleveland Clinic have published a very good layman’s guide to asbestos in other buildings – including the associated health risks and how to protect your family from exposure. You can read the entire article here.

Pulmonologist Humberto Choi, MD, says it was also used in shipbuilding and construction to make cements and plastics stronger. “Before it was banned, asbestos could be found in ceilings, floors and paint because it was fireproof, he says. “It was sometimes even used in crayons.”

Risks

“The concern is regular exposure,” says Dr. Choi. “People who work in the construction, shipbuilding and mining industries are at risk. They can also bring asbestos home on their shoes, clothing or even in their hair. That can put their families at risk.”

People who work in these industries should do the following:

  • Use protective equipment provided by your employer while at work
  • Always shower immediately after work
  • Always remove and wash your clothes right way

Also, it’s a good idea to check what is in products you buy from other countries. Although there are restrictions on using asbestos in the U.S., that’s not the case everywhere. “If you’re getting products from another country, you may not know they contain asbestos,” Dr. Choi says.

Asbestos Exposure Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chronic cough
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling in the face
  • Difficulty swallowing

“Asbestos-related diseases can take decades to show up, and whether or not you develop a disease depends on how long you were exposed and how intense that exposure was,” Dr. Choi says. If you have these symptoms or suspect asbestos exposure, talk to your doctor.

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Asbestos In The News

Asbestos In The News

On May 15, 2020, the non-partisan Environmental Working Group issued a press release stating asbestos has been discovered in eye shadow kits that are talc based. Read on to learn more. The entire press release can be read here.

Laboratory tests performed by the Scientific Analytical Institute of Greensboro, NC or behalf of the Environmental Working Group found up to approximately 3.9 million asbestos fiber structures per single gram of Jmkcoz brand eye shadow that is marketed and sold on Amazon. Of the 45 shades they tested, no less than 40 were discovered to contain asbestos.

Further tests discovered more asbestos in a second Jmkcoz product, the Beauty Glazed Gorgeous Me Eye Shadow Tray Palette, where asbestos was found a ta rate of 3.5 million asbestos fiber structures per single gram. Twenty percent of the twenty-five shade on offer through Ebay and Amazon were found to contain asbestos.

“We urge anyone who has purchased either of these products for themselves, family or friends to take the necessary steps to ensure they are no longer being used,” said Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group. “And we call on these companies and online retailers to immediately pull both of these products from their respective websites. Asbestos, even at the smallest levels of exposure, can cause serious harm – even death – later in life.”

The press release from the Environmental Working Group also states similar discoveries from the recent past:

  • In January, similar lab tests commissioned by EWG found asbestos in a talc-containing children’s toy makeup set.
  • In October 2019, Johnson & Johnson issued a voluntary recall of its baby powder after the Food and Drug Administration found trace levels of asbestos in samples of the popular product.
  • In March 2019, the FDA issued a rare alert, urging consumers to stop using certain cosmetics products from the national retailer Claire’s, after the agency found the deadly carcinogen asbestos in at least three different talc-based products.
  • The FDA issued a similar safety alert in September after the agency found asbestos in at least four different talc-based products marketed by Beauty Plus.
  • In 2015, EWG Action Fund, EWG’s 501(c)(4) sister organization, found asbestos fibers in several brands of children’s crayons and toy crime scene investigation kits.
  • In 2007, tests commissioned by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization also found the lethal fiber in a toy fingerprint kit named after the television show “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
  • In 2000, an investigation by journalists from the Seattle Post Intelligencer discovered asbestos in imported crayons made with talc.

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How Is Asbestos Dangerous?

Identifying Asbestos Insulation

Asbestos fibers  most often enter the body is through breathing . Several of the fibers become trapped in the mucous membranes of the throat and nose where they can then be removed, but some can get into the lungs, or, if swallowed, into the digestive tract. Asbestos is most hazardous when it is friable, meaning it is easily crumbled by hand, releasing fibers into the air. Sprayed on asbestos insulation is highly friable.  Asbestos-containing ceiling tiles, floor tiles, undamaged laboratory cabinet tops, shingles, fire doors, siding shingles, etc. will not release asbestos fibers unless they are disturbed or damaged in some way.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a serious, chronic, non-cancerous respiratory disease. Inhaled asbestos fibers aggravate lung tissues, which cause them to scar. Symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath and a dry crackling sound in the lungs while inhaling.  There is no effective treatment for asbestosis; the disease is usually disabling or fatal. Those who renovate or demolish buildings that contain asbestos may be at significant risk, depending on the nature of the exposure and precautions taken.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer causes the largest number of deaths related to asbestos exposure. The incidence of lung cancer in people who are directly involved in the mining, milling, manufacturing and use of asbestos and its products is much higher than in the general population.  People who have been exposed to asbestos and are also exposed to some other carcinogen — such as cigarette smoke — have a significantly greater risk of developing lung cancer than people who have only been exposed to asbestos.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that most often occurs in the thin membrane lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen, and (rarely) heart. About 200 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. Virtually all cases of mesothelioma are linked with asbestos exposure. Approximately 2 percent of all miners and textile workers who work with asbestos, and 10 percent of all workers who were involved in the manufacture of asbestos-containing gas masks, contract mesothelioma. People who work in asbestos mines, asbestos mills and factories, and shipyards that use asbestos, as well as people who manufacture and install asbestos insulation, have an increased risk of mesothelioma. So do people who live with asbestos workers, near asbestos mining areas, near asbestos product factories or near shipyards where use of asbestos has produced large quantities of airborne asbestos fibers.

Source: https://ehs.oregonstate.edu/asb-when

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Asbestos Around The House

Asbestos Around The House

Window and door seals

Asbestos can be found in caulk or sealant products which are placed on windows and doors. The material’s heat resistance is suitable to keeping temperate air from passing through the sealant. Caulk with asbestos was also once used to increase the efficiency of gasket seals found in furnace doors. Apart from high heat resistance, the caulk is also able to create a tight pressure seal.

Property insulation

Asbestos is mostly used as an insulating material in homes built before the 90s. The material can keep the heat from escaping the house. It is also able to efficiently block a lot of noise. Asbestos insulation is often placed between walls and in ceilings.

Concrete or wood adhesion

Before the 1980s, asbestos was used in many adhesion products to secure wooden or concrete materials in place. This is due to the tensile strength of the asbestos fibres, which ensures anything attached to it is secure. This type of adhesion can be found in floors, walls and ceilings.

Vintage furniture

Asbestos was often used in furniture between the 1930s and ‘60s. The material was used in chairs to provide a cushioning support. Couches with springs installed inside them may have asbestos within the underside. Furniture with this hazardous material weaved into it are often dyed in gold or silver. Asbestos stuffing and woven fabrics have a fibrous quality when seen up close.

Source: https://www.asbestosremovalsaustralia.com.au/blog/common-place-asbestos/

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Asbestos In The News

Asbestos Cooling Towers

Asbestos has been making the news lately. The EPA has concluded asbestos exposure poses an “unreasonable” risk in many cases. Read on to learn more from the report at the very respected chemistryworld.com

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that commercial and consumer uses of asbestos present an ‘unreasonable risk’ to human health, in a new draft risk evaluation mandated under the updated Toxic Substances Control Act that governs America’s chemical policy. The agency found that workers, consumers and bystanders could be harmed by exposure to asbestos under certain conditions.

The EPA said health risks – including cancers – were increased from exposures in the chlor-alkali industry, as well as use of oil field brake blocks, aftermarket automotive brakes or linings and other vehicle friction products. In its review, the agency did not evaluate asbestos exposure hazards to the general population, or the risks posed by legacy asbestos products.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) took issue with the EPA’s preliminary findings, saying the agency failed to recognize the chlorine industry’s ‘long history of safe use’. While the EPA acknowledges that personal protective equipment (PPE) is effective, it appears to rely on ‘inaccurate assumptions that overestimate exposure risks for certain chlor-alkali workers’, the ACC argued. The chemical industry trade group emphasized that facilities using chrysotile asbestos diaphragms during the chlor-alkali manufacturing process adhere to established safety protocols – including engineering controls, training, as well as PPE – to minimize worker exposure to asbestos.

The EPA’s report is not final and is subject to public comment and also peer review by independent scientific experts. Almost a year ago, the agency was heavily criticized for a new policy that, rather than banning asbestos outright, required that manufacturers notify the agency and seek its approval before resuming use of the carcinogen. In 2018, the agency also proposed a framework to permit the approval for ‘new uses’ of products containing asbestos on a case-by-case basis.

Source: https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/us-agency-concludes-asbestos-exposure-poses-unreasonable-risk-in-many-cases/4011464.article

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COVID-19 And Asbestos Related Diseases

COVID-19 And Asbestos Related Diseases

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness which can range in severity from person to person from mild infections to much more serious. Those most at risk of serious infections include:

  • People over 70
  • People under 70 with underlying health conditions (including respiratory illnesses)
  • People with compromised immune systems (such as people who have cancer)
  • Pregnant women

It’s therefore no surprise that those who are suffering from an asbestos related illness are concerned of infection.

Keeping Safe

It’s important to follow the guidance which has already been issued in the meantime, which includes:

  • Significantly limit your face-to-face interactions with friends and family and avoid contact with anyone displaying symptoms.
  • Avoid using public transport and stay at home where possible, avoiding public places such as cinemas, theaters etc.
  • Ask family, friends and neighbors to help you when you need supplies such as food and medicine, to avoid going out.
  • You can also use online services for supplies.
  • Make sure you wash your hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitizer, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze and ensure you throw the tissue immediately in the bin and wash your hands.

Self Isolation Coping Mechanisms

  • Exercise – You can also take a walk, providing you stay at least 6 feet away from anyone else. The fresh air can often be good for your mental well-being.
  • Hobbies – Try to find things to do which you enjoy, whether that be reading, writing, watching TV or cooking.
  • Natural light – If it’s a sunny day, open your windows, let some natural light in and even go out into the garden if you can.
  • Keep in touch with friends and family – Although social distancing means you’ll be avoiding regular visitors, make sure you keep in touch with them by phone, text, Skype, etc. Being able to talk to others and share experiences is not only important for your own mental well being, but also for those you’re talking too. It’s in this hour of need we need to rely on others and keep each other safe.

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Non-Occupational Exposure To Asbestos

Non Occupational Exposure To Asbestos

Mesothelioma is a dangerous and rare form of cancer and so far, it is only known to be caused by asbestos exposure. It affects the mesothelial cells situated in the area of the lungs and abdomen, causing them to turn into cancerous cells and develop a tumor. However, people can also succumb to it through non-occupational exposure to asbestos. read on to learn more.

Domestic Exposure

Work clothing brings asbestos dust  and fibers into the homes of people.

Asbestos Containing Products

Examples of this would include spackle, brakes, floor tiles, clutches and other materials used around the home.

Environmental Exposure

This can take a toll on people living near refineries, factories and other places where items are made containing asbestos.

Non-occupational exposure happens at home as a result of the fact that asbestos can be present almost everywhere. Even so, some people are more predisposed to asbestos-related health problems than others.

Other ways asbestos can be harmful include:

Clothing

Those working in launderettes present a higher risk of developing mesothelioma if they come into contact with the clothes of people who work with asbestos.

Furniture

Asbestos fibers can be transferred through pieces of furniture like couches, beds, chairs or carpets if the workers do not remove their asbestos-contaminated clothes before sitting down.

Hugging

Early exposure of children can lead to the development of lung diseases in their late childhood or early adult life.

Soil Dust

Unpaved roads can lead to dust release into the air, which might put children at risk of asbestos exposure while playing outside the house in dirt. Excessive quarry emissions, building new houses and other ordinary activities such as gardening are just another means of accidentally inhaling asbestos fibers. Once these fibers reach the interior of the house, they can be air transported through household activities. This is why it is essential to know that vacuuming is not helpful in removing the asbestos fibers as they are very small and can pass through the texture of the vacuum cleaner bags.

Mesothelioma

Asbestos exposure is highly dependent on the type of fibers and the most concerned asbestos-related disease is mesothelioma. For instance, chrysotile is considered a weak cancer-causing agent as it can be dissolved by enzymes, unlike other types of asbestos such as crocidolite. Studies have also shown that the probability of developing mesothelioma is also influenced by the exposure period: the longer the exposure, the higher the risk of experiencing health problems. Moreover, a minimal lower limit of safe asbestos exposure has not been proven to exist.

Smoking

It is well-known that smoking leads to an increase of the risk of being affected by lung diseases after asbestos exposure. Smokers are part of the group who is the most predisposed to developing lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma.

Asbestos Home Removal

The location of asbestos is very important when it comes to asbestos cleanup. Removing asbestos from homes, schools and any other commercial buildings is a quite difficult task. Removal of asbestos is a complex process and should only be done by qualified contractors who underwent a special training. If not done correctly, asbestos removal can be very dangerous. Also, keep in mind that in order to remove asbestos from homes, most of the states require an application process.

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Five Places You Can Find Asbestos

Asbestos Around The House

Asbestos can be found in many unexpected places. Here are ten spots where asbestos may be found where you may not realize it. read on to learn more.

Seals And Sealants

Asbestos was often used in caulking in windows and doors until the 1970’s. It was also used on furnace doors, gasket seals, old coal chutes and other heat resistant areas.

Siding And Roofing

Most cement or asphalt composites used in roofing and siding are generally considered nonfriable, but those with a large paper make up are friable because they come apart with pressure. Both types release breathable particles of asbestos when cutting into or removed by tearing and pose a health hazard.

Ducts And Pipes

Old systems of steam piping and even some hot water plumbing are wrapped in asbestos-containing “blankets” that pose a serious risk when removed or cut without the help of a professional who uses protective measures to dampen the release of particles.

Ceiling Tiles

Obvious forms of asbestos ceiling tiles are the 9 by 9 inch (22.86 by 22.86 cm) or 12 by 12 inches (30.48 by 30.48 cm) white or off-white panels held up in a grid system. Adding or removing a tile involves pushing it up from the grid frame and angling it down and out or up and in place. Basements in homes, in particular, might feature the tiles because of their soundproof qualities and low cost. It’s estimated that 5 to 10 percent of the ceiling tiles in the U.S. contain asbestos.

Wallpaper

Removing layers of old paper that have hung in there, adhering to walls for decades, is a remodeling project of major proportions. It involves lots of time and elbow grease. In homes papered before 1980, it can even be downright dangerous to undertake wallpaper removal because many vinyl papers before that time contain asbestos

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Asbestos In Guttering

Asbestos In Guttering

Originally used because of its great strength, asbestos was used in many construction projects over the decades as it was malleable and resistant to heat. Of course, it was later discovered when asbestos fibers come into contact with air and is inhaled by humans, it greatly increases the risk of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. However, did you know you can also find asbestos in your gutters? read on to learn more.

Hypothesis

It is generally agreed asbestos appears in guttering from having bene present in another part of the rood. Over the decades asbestos was used in asphalt, floor tiles, and furnace insulation as well as roofing shingles.

Realistically it is unlikely you will need to think about this issue. In the US, asbestos has been banned from the majority of house building products for decades, however, older buildings may contain it. It was used in wall insulation from 1930 to 1950 and was in attic insulation until 1990 and was in textured paint and patching compounds until 1977.

Asbestos In Your Home?

Should you have asbestos in your home it is vitally important you do not remove it. Contractors need a special license from the EPA to both handle and remove asbestos. The material crumbles and separates releasing health-damaging asbestos fibers into the air.

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Asbestos In Nature

Asbestos In Nature

In reality, “asbestos” is a legal and commercial term that describes a specific group of silicate materials forming long bundles of very thin and lengthy mineral fibers. Read on to learn more about asbestos in nature.

Asbestos is most commonly found in three rock types: serpentinites, altered ultramafic rocks, and some mafic rocks. Other rock types known to host asbestos include metamorphosed dolostones, metamorphosed iron formations, carbonatites, and alkalic intrusions. Contributing to asbestos formation is the faulting and fracturing of these rocks with increased temperatures, pressures, and the presence of water. The amount of asbestos or asbestiform minerals in these rocks can range in size from commercial-grade ore bodies to thin impure veinlets or low-grade occurrences. Asbestos can be released from these rocks if the rocks are broken or crushed. Asbestos can also be released from asbestos-containing soils that are stirred up. The presence and prevalence of asbestos fibers in soils overlaying rocks containing asbestos is not known and needs to be evaluated.

What are the known locations of Naturally Occurring Asbestos?

The history of asbestos discovery and usage is at least 5,000 years old. In the United States, the prospecting and identification of asbestos began in the mid to late 1800s. The US Geological Survey, in 2006 and 2007, completed literature reviews of the known locations of naturally occurring asbestos in the Eastern USExternal , Central USExternal , and Rocky Mountain US StatesExternal . Information about the western US States is available at USGS at (Mineral Resources On-line Spatial DataExternal ).

ATSDR combined these data sets into two single maps, which can be viewed below:

  • US Cdc-pdf[PDF – 1 MB]
    This map highlights the top 100 fastest growing counties within the contiguous United States and Alaska and the location of naturally occurring asbestos.
  • Georgia Cdc-pdf[PDF – 2 MB]
    This map depicts the 100 fastest growing US counties in north Georgia in relation to the locations of naturally occurring asbestos and ultramafic rocks which are known to host asbestos.

Can Naturally Occurring Asbestos become a Health Problem?

Naturally occurring asbestos is only a health problem if it is disturbed. Asbestos is made up of fibers that are so small you cannot see them. If asbestos fibers are in the air you breathe, you might get asbestos fibers in your lungs. Breathing in the fibers is the primary way that people are exposed to asbestos.

The US Cdc-pdf[PDF – 1 MB] and Georgia Cdc-pdf[PDF – 2 MB] maps show the known locations of naturally occurring asbestos in the United States and provide an indicator of areas that may be more prone to surface soil disturbance.

The two indicators these maps define are listed below:

  • Increase in the number of homes by housing starts
  • Increase in population by the 100 fastest-growing counties

Source: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/noa/where_is_asbestos_found.html

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Types Of Asbestos

Types Of Asbestos

In reality, “asbestos” is a legal and commercial term covering many different minerals, but the following are considered to be asbestos. Read on to learn more.

Chrysotile

Chrysotile is the most common asbestos. Found in walls, roofs, ceilings as well as floors. It also has applications is the automobile industry for boiler seats, gaskets, brake linings and insulation for appliances, ducts, and pipes.

Amosite

Amosite was used in pipe insulation and sheets of cement and can also be discovered in ceiling tiles, thermal insulation products, and insulating board.

Crocidolite

This was often used in the insulation of steam engines as well as plastics, pipe insulation, cement products, and spray-on coatings.

Anthophyllite

Anthophyllite was used for construction and insulation products. It also appears in chrysolite asbestos, talc, and vermiculite.

All Asbestos Dangerous?

All identified forms of asbestos can cause cancers, mesothelioma as well as other significant and serious diseases. he Health Protection Agency in the U.K., claim amphibole varieties of asbestos are the most dangerous forms. Meanwhile, The EPA has abandoned projects aiming to identify which asbestos fiber types are the most toxic.

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Asbestos In Kitchens

Asbestos In Kitchens

When you are renovating your kitchen you should be aware of serious health and safety concerns as you may be exposed to asbestos and this can cause harm to yourself as well as those living in the same house as you. This is why you need to test materials for asbestos.

Look at the following areas prior to the outset of the renovation.

  • Splash-backs – the glue used for the splash-back and/or the tile may contain asbestos.
  • Kitchen Tiles –9″ vinyl or asphalt-based floor tiles, 12” vinyl tiles and sheet linoleum made prior to 1990.
  • Kitchen Tile Adhesive – the glue used for kitchen flooring materials.
  • Hot water insulation – asbestos coatings used to insulate hot water.
  • Ducting – moving or replacing ducting work – check for tape at the joints as some may contain asbestos.
  • Drywall – you’ll need to have the drywall tested before disposal or removal as it may contain asbestos
  • Ceramic Tile – Underlay sheeting for ceramic tiles may contain asbestos.
  • Ceilings – including drop ceiling, popcorn ceiling, and plaster may contain asbestos.

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Asbestos In Auto Repair, Brakes And Clutches

Asbestos In Auto Repair Brakes And Clutches.

Asbestos has been a component in linings, clutch facings, and brakes pads for a long time and millions of them on the shelf of an auto parts store or operating in vehicles can still be found today. That said they are not normally used in the production of new components. Read on to learn more.

Hazards

As clutches and brakes wear down through regular usage, dust containing asbestos is released into the outside environment as well as getting trapped within the vehicle housing to be released when those areas are being worked on. Asbestos dust is also spread further by using a vacuum cleaner to sweep up the break residue and in a similar way to use compressed air.

Therefore, it should be obvious that mechanics are at high risk for asbestos exposure. Cleaning drum brakes can release asbestos fibers by the million around the face of a mechanic, even striking a brake drum with an object like a hammer can cause the release of asbestos fibers.  It can get on their hands and be swallowed as well. Asbestos lingers once it is in the air and can be inhaled by customers as well as mechanics. Not to mention the dust will remain on their clothes, endangering other people they may meet.

Minimizing Dangers

Government regulations state any shop that does in excess of five brake jobs per year must use special equipment so asbestos exposure is minimized. These include a see-through enclosure surrounding the brake system and a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Another method is low-pressure sprays used to wet down the brake assembly and the water runoff when collected. Asbestos must also be collected and sealed as well as labeled in containers that cannot be opened.

The Home Mechanic

As home auto mechanics are still a very popular pastime those who work with clutches and brakes containing asbestos are also at risk and the problem may even be more intense as they do not often have the safety equipment found in auto shops.

The SPA states at home mechanics should refrain from using compressed air to clean brakes to prevent the release of asbestos and should also use parts that are preground to avoid asbestos exposure.

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Asbestos And Commercial Buildings

Asbestos Cooling Towers

Originally workers involved in maritime work, manufacturing and building trades were exposed to the effects of asbestos. The effects of these included mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. However, exposure to asbestos in the above areas is very different than the exposure for the potential for people who occupy commercial buildings with asbestos-containing building materials, known as ACBM’s – these can be defined as buildings that contain asbestos at a rate of greater than one percent.

ACBM’s needed to be managed properly and this meant the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has to establish and specify work practices so asbestos release would be minimized when demolition and renovation activities take place. This means there are various rules and practices that have to be followed under what is known as the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations – and these must be strictly adhered too.

ACBM’s can be managed in place by drafting and implementing an Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Plan (O&M Plan), which identifies the type, location as well as the condition of all ACBM’s.

This plan needs to be available for review by everyone involved in the maintenance and renovation of a building. by sticking to this plan, it will prevent exposure to asbestos and also ensure any activities are performed in a way that minimizes the potential health hazards.

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Secondary Asbestos Exposure

Secondary Asbestos Exposure

It sounds like something from an Orwellian nightmare but it may be possible that thanks to secondary asbestos exposure every time kissed or hugged a loved one you are inadvertently exposing them to a toxin so deadly, the US Government classifies it as a Group One carcinogen.

Although decades have passed since asbestos was used in construction, asbestos dust is still causing dreaded cancer, mesothelioma, today.

A National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report from over twenty years ago stated exposure to asbestos in a domestic setting still poses an increased risk of diseases. Women, in their traditional household role, have been exposed to asbestos dust for decades and suffering from mesothelioma, essentially a death sentence from breathing in the dust from their family’s work clothing. Dust was also shared from skin to skin contact and from hair as well as from laundering the clothes in washing machines.

If that is not bad enough just because a partner showed their affection you may have developed mesothelioma. Truly one of the most tragic ways one can be exposed to this deadly mineral.

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Is Asbestos In Your Walls?

Asbestos Cooling Towers

Right until the end of the 1970’s asbestos was a common component in the manufacturing of drywall in the United States. So, if you are planning on some demolition work, remember if the building you are working on was built prior to 1980, it may well contain asbestos. Asbestos exposure may cause scarring of the tissue in your lungs and abdomen and cause difficulty berating as well as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Mesothelioma is an especially cruel and painful kind of cancer with no cure. Read on to learn more.

Paneling And Drywall

If your building was built after 1930 here is a fair chance part of it is made from drywall. Although it was not common for these to contain asbestos fiber, the heavier duty cement boards used often did as well as paneling designed for decorative purposes. As a rule of thumbs, panels containing asbestos are not usually harm causing so long as they are still in one solid piece with no breaks or fractures.

When replacing vintage paneling that may contain asbestos, remove it in one piece. Do not break it up as this will expose you to asbestos. Remember as the boards age they become increasingly brittle and their removal may cause very small asbestos fibers to go across the room where they can be ingested and breathed in. However, you can cover the older wall panels with another treatment to the surface – this will be ok as long as you no longer drill through to the wall covering.

Joint Compounds

Regardless of whether there is asbestos in the drywall of your home, wall-joint compound, also commonly known as sheetrock mud manufactured for forty years from 1940 onwards did contain asbestos. It was utilized to fuse the seams between the panels of drywall once they were installed.

Remarkably this was commonly sold in hardware stores either as a paste in a can or bucket or as a dry pounder with a five pound or twenty-five pound sack. Obviously using this exposed people to asbestos and must be treated with great caution now.

 

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Worrying about Asbestos In Your Home?

Worrying about Asbestos In Your Home?

Widely used for nearly the entire twentieth century, asbestos is now banned in excess of fifty countries. So, should you be concerned if it is discovered in your home?

In The Home

You can often find asbestos in the duct system of older homes. Especially when a white-colored tape has been used. Other areas you may find it include. patching compounds, textured paint, embers in gas-powered fireplaces, ashes that are artificial, siding, roofing, walla and attics containing vermiculite insulation and tiles for floors and ceilings.

Health Problems

Mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis are the results of inhaling asbestos into your lungs causing inflammation and tumors. Asbestosis is characterized by inflammation, breath shortness, and coughing, mesothelioma is a kind of cancer of the membrane around the lungs while lung cancer is well known because so many die from it every year. as per the World health organization, in excess of 100,000 people die from these diseases per annum and many others die from diseases that are asbestos-related or suffer varying levels of disability and a decrease in their quality of life as a result.

What Risk Do You Have?

Many, perhaps most homes built before 1980 contain asbestos. However, those who suffer from asbestos-related conditions usually fall into one of the following:

  • Asbestos mine, mill, or transportation workers
  • Asbestos product workers
  • Families of asbestos workers
  • People who live near asbestos mines or mills

When there is Asbestos In Your Home?

If you see white tapes on your ducts it should be fine as long as it is not tampered with and likewise for vermiculite insulation in your attic. Remember you can always call an asbestos inspection company to test the material and decide what to do next from there.

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Where Can You Find Asbestos In Your Home?

Asbestos can lurk in your home in many places you may not think of as being a place where you would find it. As asbestos has serious links to many diseases including lung cancer and asbestosis, it is important to learn where to look. Read on to learn of six unexpected places you may find asbestos in your home.

Asbestos does occur in a natural mineral form. At 700 times smaller than a human hair, you cannot see it and you should not go searching for it either.

Sealants And Seals

Caulking used around doors and windows had asbestos-containing materials until the 1970s. The asbestos improved the insulation and weatherproof aspects of the caulk but today health risks are posed by remnants of it surviving when the caulking is being replaced, is flaking or worn. If you are renting or buying a home built prior to 1989, it is a good idea to check with a professional for asbestos.

Siding and Roofing

If you think of fried food you will start to understand the terminology used in asbestos siding and roofing, When something is “nonfriable,” it is difficult to break down as it is made from strong, tightly held together fibers. A nonfriable material, however, through normal wear and tear can sometimes loosen and pull apart. Both of these kinds can be found in asbestos siding and roofing. Luckily, checking, in this case, is fairly simple. Just look for product numbers or markings. if it is not broken up, it is best to be left alone and intact.

Ducts And Pipes

Ductworks and metal pipes are great heat carriers, additional outer wraps or treated coatings help keep more heat en route to the vents where the air comes out to heat rooms. As with caulking and gaskets, products with asbestos were commonly used materials when reinforcing pipes and ducts.

Older steam pipes and even some hot water plumbing are wrapped in blankets that contain asbestos. These pose serious risks when cut or removed. You need the services of a  professional who uses protective measures to dampen particle release. Any systems in older homes, even if they appear intact, can be evaluated for cracks or deterioration by a trained asbestos inspector.

Ceiling Tiles

Many commercial and public buildings from hospitals and classrooms to stores and offices — have ceiling tiles containing asbestos. They were a practical choice for insulation and fire-resistant properties. Their popularity spread to housing construction until the late 1980s.

Wallpapering

One big reason house renters may turn down a home is if the wall has ugly our outdated looking wallpaper because it can be a major hassle to remove and replace. But if the wallpaper was applied before 1980, it may contain asbestos. If the wallpaper is intact, it is best left alone but if you can see curling or cracking, the paper can be professionally tested. Sealing the walls with paint and special coatings can help prevent the spread of asbestos in these circumstances.

Stove Surrounds and Furnaces

Asbestos is naturally very heat resistant and non-flammable, so it was a great choice for protecting surfaces around furnaces and wood-burning stoves. Dense papers, thick boards and sheets of special cement all composed with asbestos fiber are prevalent in U.S. homes built before about 1980, and asbestos-containing disks for covering stovetop heat elements also abound.

Upgrading stoves and heating systems in any way that involves removing or disturbing the fireproofing surrounding the units themselves should involve the help of a trained asbestos expert. While these surrounds were designed to protect the walls and floors from heat damage, they are now some of the more dangerous asbestos sources to humans if broken down without protective measures. Often, homeowners decide to live with the outdated and sometimes funky looking old heat stoves and furnaces in order to avoid the release of asbestos from the surrounding materials, and generally, just leaving them alone is a safe way to keep the asbestos contained.

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How to Tell The Difference Between Cellulose and Asbestos Insulation

How to Tell The Difference Between Cellulose and Asbestos Insulation

With asbestos still being used as a very commonly used fire retardant and a very popular insulator right until the end of the 1980’s. It was very versatile, affordable and it could be used in tiles and blow it with another material, vermiculite.

Differences Between Asbestos And Cellulose Insulation

Before we review the differences between asbestos and cellulose insulation, it is worth comprehending the properties regarding each of these materials.

Asbestos Insulation

Many people do not know that asbestos is, in fact, a natural mineral. asbestos is in general terms flexible and soft but also has great corrosion resistant and heat resistant properties. From the early 1950’s for a period of nearly forty years, the construction industry used asbestos as an insulator and fire retardant. When you view older buildings and houses, you will still find asbestos in drywall, tiles, tile grout and in the attic. That being said, so long as there are no damage or wall cavities exposing asbestos fibers in the living areas of the property, it is deemed to be safe. However, it becomes a very serious health hazard when asbestos particles become airborne and are able to reach the areas of the proeprty you occupy.

Cellulose Insulation

As an asbestos alternative, cellulose insulation is made from many different materials including cardboard, hemp, straw, newspaper, and many other different materials. When a paper-based cellulose mix is utilized by builders, it is treated with something called boric acid to give it fire resistance properties.

The two most common forms of cellulose insulation include dry cellulose and that is also known as loose-fill insulation. Builders will use a blower to blow the cellulose into the wall through holes. it can also be used to fill wall cavities. Wet spray cellulose is something builders use to apply to walls that have been newly constructed. The primary difference between dry cellulose and wet spray is that water is added during the sprying process. it provides a better seal for the prevention of heat loss.

Like asbestos, cellulose works well within pipes, walls and around wiring. it assists in both suppressing fires and both insulating your home. Cellulose also utilizes material that is recycled and that is a big advantage for owners of buildings looking to go green.

Differences

So now you understand the differences in the ingredients, they do look very similar when they are inspected. Although it is a different insulator, there are similar issues with vermiculite attic insulation as it is a very difficult proposition to see whether asbestos is contained within. The best thing to do is not to touch it but obtain the services of a professional to extract some samples and get a confirmation as to whether it contains asbestos. If asbestos is contained, you will want to seriously consider instituting a program of asbestos management or to completely remove the asbestos.

What To Do Next

When more than ten square feet of asbestos, you need the services of a professional abatement company. When you are handling larger projects, there is an extremely high risk of exposure and contamination not only to you but also those around you.

The professional contractor will quickly and safely remove the asbestos and with the set-up of barriers surrounding the work area to prevent tenants from coming into contact with asbestos. Reverse airflow will be used to keep the asbestos fibers from spreading. They will then wear equipment with special protective qualities and cleanse the area with HEPA filter vacuums and then properly dispose of the asbestos.

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Asbestos Certification

Asbestos Certification

Asbestos is often found in older buildings and represents a serious hazard to health for those who encounter it. At one time because of its low cost and high resistance factors, it was a common material used in many kinds of buildings from the 1940s until 1990. Boiler and pipe insulation may also contain asbestos resulting in diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Local and Federal government have asbestos abatement laws and building requirement codes in place for dealing with asbestos-containing materials, known as ACM’s. Any independent contractor or business involved in a project involving asbestos removal must first take an asbestos training course from a certified training school.

There are many kinds of asbestos training courses. Read on to learn about some of them and what is involved in the courses so you can make a determination of what suits your particular needs.

Asbestos Training Laws And Regulations

OSHA states it is a requirement of all employers to provide a  mandatory asbestos training course lasting two hours every year for all employees who are exposed to airborne asbestos fibers that are microscopic in size and do not dissolve into the atmosphere. There are no safe levels of asbestos exposure. The EPA also requires all university and school custodial and maintenance staff to undergo 16 hours of training.

Asbestos Safety Course

This is a beginner’s course for anyone likely to encounter asbestos at home or at work. It covers the basics about asbestos, identifying asbestos products, asbestos regulations, the health hazards, legal requirements and how to protect yourself (and others) for asbestos exposure. obviously, the course meets OSHA regulations regarding the removal and handling of materials containing asbestos as well as demolition, renovation, and construction work in buildings that contain asbestos materials.

Asbestos Awareness Training

OSHA requires all employers with asbestos in the business premises to provide this course for all of the employees who may come into contact with said materials. This course is also required for those work as custodial and maintenance staff in universities and schools. This course covers the history of the product, how it was used, federal and local regulations, health effects concerning asbestos, how it can be contained and how exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can be avoided.

Construction Professionals and Contractors Asbestos Training

Workers, construction managers, and independent contractors are required to understand the dangers of working with asbestos. This course is designed specifically for employees and employers who work in a wide range of buildings containing asbestos. It also covers all the information needed to avoid asbestos exposure and maintain all EPA and OSHA health and safety requirements.

Supervisors And Managers Asbestos Training

An Asbestos Supervisor License is required for all managers and supervisors. This training course is specifically designed to provide all the information a supervisor needs to know in order to become certified and lead employees who handle asbestos. An Asbestos Supervisory Certificate is provided upon successful completion of the course and has to be renewed periodically by taking a refresher course.

Material Handlers And Asbestos Workers Training

For workers handling asbestos, this training provides the needed info on the removal and handling of asbestos products as well as their safe disposal. It also covers asbestos encapsulation and hows to maintain and use personal protective equipment. all workers are required to complete this course and attain an Asbestos Workers License that is periodically reviewed.

Maintenance Staff And Technicians Asbestos Training

When there are even small amounts of asbestos materials in the workplace need to be fully trained and know and understand the risks associated with asbestos. Maintenance, custodial staff, and building technicians are required to take this course to know how to avoid exposure to asbestos and be able to perform their work safely in locations that contain asbestos materials.

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Asbestos Floor Tiles

Asbestos Floor TIles

Until the 1980s, asbestos was regularly used in construction as it was durable and resilient. However, in that decade it was banned when there were discovered to be serious health risks. But a ban did not mean its complete removal from homes. Even today many homeowners sit, wor kand live around hazardous asbestos-containing materials that are especially unhealthy during times of repair, renovation, and removal.

If you reside in an older home, read on to learn if your floor tiles may contain asbestos, how you can make a determination if that is the case and how you and your family can be safe.

Health Issues Caused By Exposure To Asbestos

Fibers from asbestos are a health risk when they are friable. This means the material can crumble, releasing fibers into the air. When inhaled, these fibers lodge in the lungs, preventing them from breaking down and this can lead to illness. The main diseases primarily related to exposure from asbestos are: asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.

Floor tiles made from asbestos will only release toxic fibers is they are disturbed, usually through sawing, drilling, sanding or ripping the tiles out. In these circumstances, fibers can be released into the air. Whenever possible, they should not be disturbed or removed.

Asbestos Floor Tile Identification

The best way is to have the tiles tested. You can get a test kit or use the services of an asbestos remediation expert. Before doing this be sure to contact your local building authority as some locales restrict testing to licensed asbestos remediation specialists. The cost of their testing can run between $350 to $800. Other signs your floor tiles may have asbestos in them include if your home was built before 1980, he flooring uses tiles that are 9, 12 or 18-inch squares, the tiles appear oily or stained or if there is thick black adhesive underneath where flooring tiles have come away.

Coping With Asbestos Tile

One option is to leave it in place and cover it with new flooring. Laminate flooring, new vinyl flooring, and carpeting can all be laid over the top as the original tiles are very thin. All you need to do is ensure a fiber cent backer is utilized first.

Asbestos Floor Tile Removing Services

The only times you cannot leave asbestos floor tiles in place is when you want to refinish the wood flooring beneath the tiles or if you are intent on disturbing the tile during a remodel. By far the safest removal option is to have a licensed asbestos remediation contractor remove the old tiles, usually at a cost of between $6 to $10 per square foot. This will depend on your location, the tile condition and local regulations that may mean additional steps have to be taken.

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