Asbestos Abatement: What to Look For to Know if You’re At Risk of Exposure

Asbestos is a substance that can become hazardous to health when damaged. Because of the risks associated with exposure to this material, if you suspect there is asbestos in your home or business, it’s best to contact professionals to have it removed. SMART Environmental Service in Kansas City has an experienced team who will complete the asbestos abatement project according to the regulations and safety standards correctly.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber used commonly for insulation and other materials before the health risks became known in the 1970s. Products made today that include asbestos are required to be clearly labeled. Given that it can only be positively identified in a lab with a special type of microscope, and its wide use before the health risk became known, it can be a serious problem.
When handled improperly, asbestos abatement can lead to fibers being released into the air that can contaminate your home and create a danger to your health. Inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to various lung conditions, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Fortunately, SMART Environmental Services has the necessary licenses and insurance to follow the EPA, NESHAP (National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants), and AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) regulations to complete the work according to all safety standards.

There is no immediate health risk from asbestos products unless they are damaged or disturbed. That said, these products should be dealt with through professional asbestos abatement to avoid possible risks. Some of the products and materials to look for to help you tell if you have asbestos in your home or business are:

  • Resilient floor tiles, the backing on vinyl sheet flooring, and adhesives used for installing floor tile
  • Cement sheet, millboard, and paper insulation used around furnaces and woodburning stoves
  • Door gaskets in furnaces and wood and coal stoves
  • Soundproofing or decorative material sprayed on walls and ceilings
  • Asbestos cement roofing, shingles and siding
  • Patching and joint compounds for walls and ceilings
  • Paper tape insulation on steam pipes, boilers, and furnace ducts

SMART Environmental Services believes in putting the safety of you and your family first to minimize the disruption of daily workload. When you hire us, the job will be done right the first time. 

If you suspect that you have asbestos in your home, don’t wait until it’s damaged to get professional asbestos abatement. Call SMART Environmental Services today at (913) 355-5303 or click here to contact us online. Our team is experienced and can handle a variety of environmental issues, including, asbestos abatement, lead abatement, mold remediation, and demolition.

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