Odds are good that you have asbestos flooring in your Arlington, VA home if it was built during the 50’s or 60’s. While asbestos was commonly used in construction beginning in 1920 and up through the early 80’s, its popularity as a flooring material reached its peak in the 50’s and 60’s.
You may not even be aware it’s there. It’s entirely possible that it was covered over with something else in the intervening decades. Either way, there’s no immediate cause for alarm. As long as you don’t try to drive nails into it, or pull it up yourself, your risks are minimal. Even so, knowing what we now know about the dangers of asbestos, eventually, it’s something you’re probably going to want to address.
Envirotex is a licensed, asbestos inspection and abatement contractor. We offer:
Asbestos is one of the more tragic stories in the history of construction in the United States.
When it was first introduced, it was seen as something of a miracle material. There was a lot to like about it, after all. It was durable and long-lasting, relatively low maintenance, a good insulator, and extremely fire resistant, all attractive qualities in a construction material.
Unfortunately, as time passed, we began to better understand its darker side, which is why the EPA published their Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule in 1989. By the time that happened though, it was estimated that asbestos was found in more than 80% of homes, offices, and government installations in use, and although home and business owners have been working diligently to remove it, it’s a daunting task.
You’ve probably seen late night infomercials about class action lawsuits involving asbestos and a type of cancer called mesothelioma. Long-term exposure to airborne asbestos particles can be deadly, but again, as long as it’s sitting undisturbed on your floor, your risks are minimal.
The problems begin to appear when you try to remove it, or if you try to put a new floor over it, and in the process, drive nails into it.
Asbestos is quite brittle, and can easily break apart and crumble. When that happens, tiny particles are released into the air, and if inhaled, can be deadly. For this reason, removing the material on your own is not recommended. Experience and specialized equipment are required for its safe handling, and even if you could remove it safely, you’d face the daunting task of transporting and disposing of it lawfully.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone. Just call Envirotex! Since we first opened our doors in 2000, we have grown to become the region’s most trusted environmental services company. We’ve got the skills and experience to safely and decisively deal with a wide range of environmental hazards, including the removal of asbestos flooring in your Arlington, VA home.
We’ll come to your property, assess your situation, and give you a free, no-obligation estimate before any work begins. Then, once you’re ready to proceed, we’ll make sure that:
It bears mentioning that you are under no legal obligation to remove asbestos flooring from your Arlington, VA home, although most people prefer to deal with it in some manner, if for no other reason than to mitigate the risks to themselves and their families.
One safe alternative to removing the asbestos flooring from your Arlington, VA home is to entomb it by pouring a layer of cement over it, then flooring over that. It’s a decent, effective workaround if removal is impractical or not a project you want to undertake.
If you don’t have any asbestos in your home, we still may be able to provide assistance, because removing asbestos flooring from your Arlington, VA home is only one small part of what we do. Some of our other services include:
Indoor Air Quality testing is of vital importance because most people don’t realize just how many pollutants are lurking in the air inside their homes. If you or a member of your family suffers from asthma, COPD or a similar condition, knowing how much pet dander, pollen, dust and other pollutants are in the air inside your home is an important first step in eliminating them.
The bottom line is that even if you don’t have asbestos flooring in your Arlington, VA home, it contains more potential hazards than you realize. Your family’s health isn’t something you want to leave to chance, so dealing with those hazards safely and decisively is vitally important.
We can perform a comprehensive series of tests that will identify the hidden dangers in and around your property and help you deal with them safely and professionally.
We’ve built our reputation by exceeding the expectations of each and every customer we serve, and we’d love the opportunity to work with you. Whatever your needs are, from removing asbestos flooring from your Arlington, VA to dealing with the other environmental hazards we mentioned above, we can help.
Call us today. We’ll be there when you need us.
About Envriotex Environmental Services
Established in Northern Virginia in 2000, Envirotex Environmental Services was founded on military service. While serving his country, the company's owner Mr. Freeman gained vast knowledge and experience in the environmental services field. His expertise in air monitoring and hazardous materials testing prepared him for his post-military career.
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