June 1, 2015

Asbestos Removal Services

June 1, 2015

SASI-WarningsAsbestos is a group of six naturally occurring, fibrous minerals that have been mined and used since at least 2,500 BC. To ancient people, the fire resistant properties of asbestos seemed magical, and one of the primary modern uses of asbestos continues to be as a flame retardant. Additionally, the fibrous nature of asbestos made it an effective insulating material as well as lending strength to building materials such as cement.

According to the National Cancer Institute, the chief risk of asbestos exposure is found in the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Materials containing asbestos fibers can release those fibers over time, especially when damaged. These fibers are extremely small, and can easily be inhaled and make their way into the lungs, where they can cause a variety of dangerous conditions, most notably (but not limited to) mesothelioma.

The deleterious health effects of asbestos were noticed as early as Roman times, but the true danger of asbestos wasn’t fully appreciated until the middle of the 20th century. Unfortunately, by then the amazing properties of asbestos, combined with the relative ease and low cost with which it could be mined and used made asbestos an ubiquitous material in buildings and consumer goods.

Hazardous WasteBeginning in the 1970s, Congress and various regulatory agencies such as the EPA, the CPSC, and OSHA passed a series of laws and regulations designed to curtail the use of asbestos in America, but asbestos is not fully banned, and continues to be used in a variety of products in the United States. Additionally, these rules do not necessarily require the removal of existing asbestos materials in buildings. This means that in many buildings, especially those built before 1977, asbestos may be present in the construction materials, and thus may still continue to exist within the structure.

According to the CPSC, the following areas are the most common places asbestos may be located in in residential and commercial buildings: shingles and roofing tiles, insulation, textured compounds and wall and ceilings (such as popcorn and knockdown textures), drywall and drywall joint compounds, vinyl floor tiles and vinyl sheet flooring, around hot water heaters and pipes, and the walls and floors around wood-burning stoves.

The average person is not equipped to identify or safely remove asbestos in their home or business. Asbestos cannot be identified by the use of an unaided eye or a regular microscope. The only way to positively identify asbestos is through the use of special techniques, most notably Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) or Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Additionally, asbestos is most dangerous when disturbed or damaged, which releases the fibers and lofts them into the air, where they can be inhaled. For these reasons, asbestos identification and removal is best left to certified, licensed, and trained professionals.

Ceiling AcousticIf you suspect your home or business is contaminated with asbestos, the safest course of action is to leave it alone! However, in some cases, this cannot be avoided. When a house containing asbestos building materials is damaged by an earthquake, fire, flooding, or other accidents, or when a renovation or remodel is planned, asbestos removal becomes necessary. Asbestos abatement requires the services of properly-trained professionals.

Superior Abatement Services is southern California’s leader in asbestos removal, with over 100 years of combined experience in asbestos abatement. We serve all of the San Diego area, as well Orange County, Palm Springs, and the Imperial Valley. We work with many top insurance companies and contractors to ensure that asbestos removal is completed promptly in a cost-effective manner to the customer’s complete satisfaction.

Remember, the longer you allow toxic substances to exist on your property, the longer you are exposed to them, and the greater your chances for negative health effects. If you need asbestos, mold, or lead-based paint cleaned up and removed from your property, call Superior Abatement Services Inc. today!

There are 11 comments

  • I live in an older house. I think it was built in the 60’s, but am not entirely sure. Anyway, I’m pretty sure that it has asbestos. I know that I don’t need to worry about it if it is left undisturbed, but would it be better to just have it removed just in case there was a fire, earthquake, or flood?

    • Superior Abatement Services Inc. says:


      You are correct that as long as the asbestos in your home is undisturbed you are not in harms away. It is really personal preference. Some clients prefer to have it removed for cosmetic reasons (for example acoustic or popcorn ceiling can be an eyesore and looks outdated). If you decide you would like your home abated please let us know 844-583-3278. We would love to provide you with an estimate.

  • Thanks for your comment about how terrible dangerous asbestos is. I didn’t know that they could be found in your walls. My husband and I want out home to be checked for asbestos by professionals and then removed; thanks for your post.

    • Ashley, first you need to confirm you have asbestos in your home. Please search for industrial hygienists, or testing companies in your area. They will be able to test samples and confirm you have asbestos.

  • Derek Dewitt says:

    I’ve always been curious about how asbestos was harmful, so thanks for sharing this. I can see why inhaling these small fibers could lead to lung cancer. Hopefully this hazardous material continues to get removed from homes and buildings.

  • Amazing information! I never knew asbestos is carcinogenic in nature. I think its high time to go for a prompt asbestos removal session for my office too.

  • Sean J. says:

    Thanks for this informative post. Negative health effects of asbestos like cancer is really alarming.

  • Sanjiv says:

    Asbestos is really a very dangerous material. Thanks for this advice, I will look into it.

  • Chris H says:

    Thanks for sharing such a good piece of information. Proper removal services should be undertaken by the experts. Other should be made aware of the consequences of asbestos and its materials. The reason behind this is it can cause serious life-threatening diseases.
    ‘Prevention is better than cure’

  • Sam Li says:

    I appreciate what you said about the average person not being equipped to identify or safely remove asbestos on their own. Hiring a reputable company to safely remove asbestos is the best way to improve the condition of any commercial space. If I noticed any traces of asbestos, I would be sure to hire a company that understands the importance of removing asbestos quickly.

  • That’s interesting that the harmful effects of asbestos were noticed even back in Roman times. It’s good that someone discovered the full effects of asbestos so that you know that should remove it from your home or workplace. I wouldn’t want to have to work or live in a dangerous place.

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