Do you have asbestos flooring in your Upperville, VA home? Unless it’s fairly new construction (after 1980), odds are good that you do.
Asbestos was first used in construction in the US starting in 1920 and grew quickly in popularity. It’s not hard to see why. After all, it had a number of highly attractive properties. It was durable, long-lasting, an excellent insulator, and incredibly fire resistant.
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Of course, it wasn’t known at the time that it was also deadly. That information came much later and ultimately led to the EPA’s Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule, which was issued in 1989. By then though, it was estimated that some 80% of homes and offices in use contained at least some level of asbestos.
Since then, government agencies, corporations, and homeowners have been working steadily to remove the hazardous material from homes and offices. It has been slow going because the process is not simple. The material can be found in everything from floor tiles, shingles, siding, and pipe insulation, with each of these requiring a different skillset for safe removal.
Asbestos flooring became popular in Upperville, VA homes in the 1950’s and 1960’s, so if your home was built during that timeframe, it’s highly probable that you’ve got asbestos tiles in your home, though they may have been covered with something else in the intervening decades.
If you’re not sure and want to find out before you start ripping up carpet or tile, call Envirotex!
We can send a trained professional out to your home to check for the presence of asbestos in any form and give you a detailed report.
Even if you do have asbestos flooring in your Upperville, VA home, it’s still not time to panic. While there are many forms of asbestos that pose a clear health risk, unless the flooring tiles are cracking, breaking or disintegrating, they don’t pose any real risk, especially if they’ve been covered over by some other flooring material.
If you’d rather take the risk of removing them, one viable option is to seal them by pouring concrete over them. You can either polish this and use it as your flooring solution, or install something else on top of the concrete and you should be fine.
While that certainly works, if you’d rather not take any chances, don’t try to remove the asbestos flooring from your Upperville, VA home yourself!
Again, the tiles themselves aren’t dangerous, but disturbing them definitely is.
Asbestos tends to be incredibly brittle, and when it’s broken, chipped, or nailed into, it can release microscopic particles into the air. These particles are where the real danger lies, and if you or some member of your family breathes them in, it can lead to illness or even death.
You’ve probably seen at least one late night infomercial talking about class-action mesothelioma lawsuits. Those lawsuits arose as a direct response to asbestos exposure, which gives you some idea about the risk you might face if you try to go it alone. It’s just not worth it!
Any time you’re dealing with hazardous materials, it’s always best to rely on the help of experts, and in the Northern Virginia area, the expert to rely on is Envirotex.
We’ve been in the business since 2000, and under the leadership of Mr. Freeman, our company has quickly grown to become one of the most trusted and respected environmental services firms in the region.
We have the technical skills, the technical expertise, and the resources to safely handle the removal and disposal of asbestos flooring pulled up from you Upperville, VA home, so it’s one less thing you have to worry about.
Among other things, we:
Note that homeowners are not legally required to remove asbestos from their homes if and where it is discovered, but in many cases, the potential risks of doing so far outweigh the long-term risks of leaving the material in the home, so it’s well worth doing.
Don’t have any asbestos in your home? We still may be able to assist you, because removing asbestos flooring in the Upperville, VA area is only a small part of what we do. Here are some of the other environmental safety services we provide:
There are more potential environmental hazards lurking in your home than you probably realize. Testing for them, then dealing with them in a safe, professional manner is vitally important, and not just to your peace of mind, but also to your family’s well-being.
Don’t leave anything to chance. Call the region’s most trusted environmental services experts. Whether you need asbestos flooring in your Upperville, VA removed, or something much more serious, 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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