The Dangers of Asbestos Flooring in Arlington, VA

It would all depend on the year your home was built as to whether you may have asbestos flooring inside your home in Arlington, VA. Asbestos fibers released into the air are extremely dangerous to anyone who breaths in these fibers.

Manufacturers used asbestos in vinyl products, including vinyl asbestos floor tiles, vinyl sheet flooring, and vinyl wallpaper. These products were used in homes prior to 1980.

Some of the companies which produced asbestos flooring and wallpaper include Congoleum, National Gypsum Company, Sears and Roebuck, Kentile Floors, Armstrong World Industries, The Flintkote Company, Goodyear, American Biltrite, and GAF Corporation. Many of these products are most likely still in many homes in Arlington, VA.

Although vinyl materials are no longer produced with asbestos in the United States, some homeowners in Arlington, VA are still at risk of exposure if their vinyl products have some age on them.

What does this mean for the homeowner? If you have asbestos flooring and it is not damaged, you should be fine. But if you ever decide to tear the asbestos flooring up, you need to call in professionals such as Envirotex Environmental Services.

This is not a do–it–yourself project for the Arlington, VA homeowner. You put yourself at risk and that of other family members. Removing asbestos flooring or other asbestos–containing materials from your home in Arlington, VA should be left up to an asbestos removal technician.

Arlington, VA homeowners with asbestos flooring who cut, sand, or disturb the flooring make them friable and releases asbestos fibers. Inhaling or swallowing these fibers regularly over a long period can cause several illnesses, including Mesothelioma, lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, Asbestosis, and ovarian cancer.

Vinyl sheet asbestos flooring causes a significantly greater risk of asbestos exposure than floor tiles or wallpaper because it comes in larger pieces and most likely will be cut to the size of the room to be laid in one piece. The fibers are more easily released into the air with their friable asbestos backing when the vinyl sheet asbestos flooring is disturbed or damaged.

If you have any questions about asbestos–containing materials at your home in Arlington, VA, please give Envirotex a call, and they will be happy to help.