Frequently Asked Questions About Abatement

Whether it is a DIY remodeling project, or a professionally completed demolition job, there are certain facts you need to know about abatement to meet local, State, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules.

Q. What is abatement?

A. It is the proper handling and/or safe removal of materials that have, or might have, asbestos fibers contained within the material.

Q. What is asbestos?

A. Asbestos is a mineral fiber, identified through a microscope. Before the risks were known, until the 1970s, asbestos was used in many building materials because it was heat and fire resistant.

asbestos removalAsbestos splinters easily, and the fibers are harmful if inhaled. asbestos removalWeathering of fibrous asbestos sheeting showing loose fibers. asbestos removal If your home has corrugated roofing, asbestos fibers could be exposed.

Q. Is asbestos harmful to my health?

A. From previous studies, breathing in high levels of asbestos fibers is believed to lead to increased risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the chest.

Q. How can I tell if I have asbestos in my home?

A. Usually, you can't tell if you have asbestos in your home unless it is labeled. If there is damage and you suspect there is asbestos in the damaged area, contact us to take a sample for analysis. You should not touch, try to remove, or sample the material yourself as that will increase the risk to you. Only trained professionals, such as ACKS, should handle these tasks.

Q. If there is asbestos, what are the options available?

A. If there is a problem identified, there are two options: repair and removal. Repair is through sealing or covering the asbestos material and is usually the cheaper method of handling material that may have asbestos. Only a professional should do either of these.

Q. Where do I find more information?

A. You can find more information at the EPA website:
For homeowners, Asbestos in Your Home
For buildings, Asbestos in Products and Buildings and How to Manage It.


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