Asbestos Remediation & Removal
You’ve just learned that your house was built with a very common hazardous material: Asbestos. Utah’s foremost fire/smoke and water damage removal and repair team, First Response, will also remove and properly dispose of asbestos.
What Exactly is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a fibrous material of a combination of mineral and silicates of magnesium (and sometimes calcium and iron as well). Asbestos has been used for many years in construction and building materials such as roofing tiles, popcorn ceiling tiles, duct insulation, plumbing insulation, stucco, plasterboard, and furnace insulation. Asbestos is very hazardous to handle because it produces fibers that become airborne when flaking, crumbling, or when there has been fire damage. The fibers are a carcinogenic to the lungs and have lead to many cases of a rare cancer called Mesothelioma. There is currently much litigation underway in the U.S. because of exposure to asbestos and its leading to Mesothelioma and other diseases.
Why Asbestos is Used and What Products May Contain It
Because asbestos is a flame retardant—virtually nonflammable, it has always been considered to be a valuable material for many building products and materials. Being a poor heat conductor, it has been considered safe for everything from insulation for pipes to safety clothing for fire fighters. Other materials that may include asbestos are: plaster or drywall, floor tile, duct seam tape, linoleum, door and window caulking, roofing material, and fireproofing. A good rule of thumb is if it isn’t metal, glass, or wood, there is a good chance that the material contains asbestos. Utah residents must take the utmost care in having a certified asbestos abatement contractor perform removal safely.
What Do I Do If I Suspect Asbestos?
If you suspect your home may have asbestos, Utah’s State Division of Air Quality recommends first testing by a certified asbestos inspector. Unless it is crumbling or flaking, it should not be removed. A sample will be sent to a laboratory for testing. Consult Utah’s state requirements to find out if the property owner is liable for consequences associated with asbestos removal. If that is the case, hiring a certified asbestos removal specialist may greatly reduce your personal liability.
Do not remove acoustic ceilings, various flooring types pre 1986 Call Utah First Response Asbestos test is conducted Plan for removal is put in place All affected areas are repaired
Asbestos Removal: Utah
Utah First Response is Salt Lake City’s premier Fire/Smoke and Water Damage removal and repair company, minimizing further damage, cleaning up the mess, and repairing your home. We have twenty years of knowledge and experience, striving for excellence in all of our customer accounts—from large corporations to individual homeowners. We carry an unrivaled customer satisfaction guarantee.