When Do You Have to Remove Asbestos Flooring in Marshall, VA?

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How to Handle Asbestos Flooring in Marshall, VA

Asbestos has a long and ultimately tragic history. When it was first introduced, it was seen as something of a wonder material, having a number of highly attractive characteristics, including:

  • Tremendous insulating capabilities
  • Extreme fire resistance
  • And durability and longevity

For those reasons, it was used for a variety of purposes in home and office construction from the 1920’s through the 1980’s.

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

Unfortunately, as the years passed, asbestos’ less attractive (and potentially lethal) properties were discovered, which ultimately led to the creation of the EPA’s Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule, which was issued in 1989. By that point, however, it was estimated that approximately 80% of the buildings in use contained some level of asbestos.

While the material was used in everything from roofing tiles, home siding, flooring, and pipe insulation, the 50’s and 60’s represented the peak of its popularity in floor tiles, so if your home was constructed in the 50’s or 60’s, odds are that you’ve got asbestos flooring in your Marshall, VA home.

If you’re not sure and want to find out, call Envirotex. Since we first opened our doors in 2000, we’ve experienced explosive growth and have become the region’s most trusted, most respected environmental services company.

Our trained professionals can test your home for a variety of potential hazards, including:

  • Asbestos
  • Formaldehyde
  • Mold (including HVAC mold, and the presence of black mold)
  • Lead paint
  • And IAQ (Indoor Air Quality)

This last one is of particular interest because most people don’t really think about the quality of the air inside their homes. You might be shocked (and more than a little dismayed) to discover how much dust, pollen, pet dander and other pollutants you’ve got floating around in the air inside your house.

It’s more than just an annoyance, too. The reason Envirotex offers this service is the fact that those things can be very damaging to your health, especially if you or a member of your family suffers from an upper respiratory condition like asthma or COPD.

As important as testing is, so you know what you’re facing, testing alone is not enough. Not to worry, our trained professionals have the skill, experience, and resources to safely remove the various hidden dangers lurking in and around your home, and dispose of them appropriately.

Where asbestos flooring in your Marshall, VA home is a concern, even if you find that you have some, it may not be necessary to remove it, however. While the material is dangerous, the danger only manifests itself if the floor tiles are chipped, broken or disintegrating. If they’re in good shape, then it’s entirely possible to simply put some other type of flooring over them, although as an added precaution, some homeowners prefer sealing the asbestos tiles in a layer of concrete, which can either be polished and used as a flooring solution, or covered over with something else, once the asbestos is locked away safely inside.

Some homeowners are committed do it yourselfers and may be tempted to try removing the asbestos flooring in their Marshall, VA homes on their own, after being made aware of it by our testing. This is not recommended, because one wrong move or one broken tile could contaminate your home, creating a much larger problem.

While we admire the DIY attitude and can-do spirit, this is one area that’s best left to trusted experts with years of experience in dealing with hazardous materials. Besides, even if you removed the flooring safely, safe transport and proper disposal would present significant challenges.

Having said all that, if you decide you do want to proceed with removing the asbestos flooring from your Marshall, VA home, our team will provide you a free, no-obligation estimate before any work begins so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

If you’re comfortable with the estimate, we will begin the work, which will include:

  • Proper containment and removal of the hazardous materials
  • A thorough decontamination of the site
  • And lawful disposal at an approved facility

In addition to that, if the asbestos needs to be tested for any reason, we’ll use a properly certified lab.

There’s more to the process than simply removing the asbestos flooring from your Marshall, VA home, however. We’ve found over the years that many older homes have had numerous renovations done, and it’s often the case that old and broken flooring tiles have been left buried, or partially buried in the yard surrounding the home where they contaminate the soil and pose a lingering health risk.

Part of our service includes looking for “hot spots” like these and removing them as well.

It should be noted that there’s nothing in the current body of law that requires homeowners to remove asbestos if and where it is found inside their homes, but honestly, given the potential risks the material poses, most people will opt to do so at the first possible opportunity. It’s just not worth risking your own, or your family’s health to leave it in place, which is why many homeowners opt to have the asbestos flooring in their Marshall, VA homes removed, even if it’s in reasonably good condition and the risks are minimal.

We’ll guide you and provide our professional opinion, then proceed as you wish.

The bottom line is, whether you’re dealing with the removal of asbestos flooring in your Marshall, VA home, or some other environmental hazard, there’s only one name to remember. Envirotex. 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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