Dangers of Asbestos Flooring in Gainesville, VA

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How to Deal With Asbestos Flooring in Gainesville, VA

If you live in a house built between 1920 and the early 1980’s, odds are good that asbestos was used in some phase of the home’s construction. It’s likely that you have asbestos flooring in your Gainesville, VA home if it was built in the 50’s and 60’s, which was when asbestos flooring reached its peak in popularity.

Envirotex is a licensed, asbestos inspection and abatement contractor. We offer:

  • Safe and vigilant containment and removal following the highest safety procedures
  • Thorough site decontamination
  • Lawful disposal
  • All asbestos testing performed by an independent, certified lab

It’s unsurprising that asbestos was so widely used for so many years. After all, it has a number of highly attractive properties, including:

  • It’s fire resistant
  • It’s an exceptional insulator
  • It’s extremely low maintenance
  • And it’s incredibly durable and long-lasting

Unfortunately, it took us a very long time to understand and come to grips with the fact that asbestos also has a dark side. Long-term exposure can be lethal, and despite its many strengths, it has one glaring weakness.

It’s extremely brittle, and if you hammer into it or try to remove it, it tends to crumble, which releases small particles into the air. If these are inhaled, they can cause all manner of respiratory ailments and a type of cancer known as mesothelioma.

You’ve probably seen late night infomercials advertising class action lawsuits concerning mesothelioma, and this is precisely where they come from.

The good news is that if you have asbestos flooring in your Gainesville, VA home, it’s unlikely to present a grave, immediate risk to your family. But again, if you plan to refloor over it, and that plan involves nailing into it or ripping it up in advance of installing the new flooring, it can be dangerous indeed.

Given the potential dangers, attempting to remove the asbestos flooring in your Gainesville, VA home is inadvisable. Doing so safely requires experience and specialized equipment that most people simply don’t have.

Even if you’re a committed DIYer, and you did manage to remove it safely, you’d still be faced with the dilemma of how to transport it safely away from your property and finding a place to dispose of it legally.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone. Just call Envirotex. We’ve been in the business since 2000, and in that time, we’ve grown to become one of the most trusted, most respected environmental services company in the region.

If you have asbestos flooring in your Gainesville, VA home, we will:

  • Test to confirm its presence.
  • Provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate so you’ll have a clear picture of the total cost to remove it.
  • Once you’re comfortable, we will proceed, beginning the process by prepping the site to properly contain any airborne particles as we proceed with removal.
  • Completely remove all of the asbestos floorings from your Gainesville, VA home.
  • Perform a thorough site decontamination once the work has been completed.
  • Safely transport the material to a certified disposal center.
  • And if the asbestos needs to be tested, we’ll use a properly certified lab.

There are two things you should be aware of here.

First is that you are under no legal obligation to remove the asbestos flooring from your Gainesville, VA home, even if it is found to be present. However, give the potential harm it could cause, most people opt to get rid of it if and as they are able to do so.

Second, in this particular case, removal is not the only option you have available. If you’re planning to refloor, it may be possible to seal the asbestos flooring of your Gainesville, VA home beneath a layer of concrete, which will prevent any particles from being released into the air, making it safe to floor over.

We handle a lot more than just removing asbestos floor tiles, however, so even if you don’t have them, keep our number handy, because you may have asbestos insulation, siding, or shingles on your home.

Even if you don’t, our company handles the safe remediation of a wide range of other hazardous and provides other services including:

  • Home mold testing (including HVAC mold testing)
  • Home mold removal, including removal of mold from drywall and eliminating black mold colonies
  • Lead paint testing and removal
  • Formaldehyde removal
  • IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) testing
  • And more

Indoor Air Quality testing is a lot more important than most people realize because most homes have a shocking amount of pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores and other pollutants floating through the air.

If you or a member of your family has an upper respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, this is almost certainly making the condition worse. The good news though is that once you know the types of pollutants you’re dealing with, you can install a whole-home air purification system that will handily solve the problem for you.

The point here is that there are more potential environmental hazards lurking in your home than you might realize, and where your family’s health is concerned, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. It’s too important.

That’s why you need an expert you can rely on. That’s why you need a team of dedicated professionals on your side, and that’s exactly who we are and what we do.

Since we first opened our doors, we have built our reputation by exceeding the expectations of each and every client we work with. Our clients include homeowners, business owners, and government agencies, and we’d love the opportunity to help keep your family safe.

If you even suspect the presence of an environmental hazard or contaminant on your property call us. 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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