What to Do If you Have Asbestos Flooring in Winchester, VA

Asbestos Flooring in Winchester, VA

How to Handle Asbestos Flooring for Homes in Winchester, VA

Do you have asbestos flooring in your Winchester, VA home? You might, especially if it was built in the 50’s or 60’s which was the high-water mark in the industry, and the time when it was most commonly used.

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

Here’s the problem: asbestos is (or can be) deadly. Builders back in the day didn’t know how dangerous the material was, which is why it can still be found in an almost shocking number of older homes, even today.

To make matters more complicated, unlike lead paint, which sellers are required by law to disclose when you buy a property, there is no legal requirement to disclose the presence of asbestos in any form, including asbestos flooring in your Winchester, VA home. You may not even know it’s there, and the person who sold the place to you may not have known either.

If you do have asbestos flooring in your Winchester, VA home, it poses no immediate threat, however, if you plan to install new flooring over top of it, that’s when the trouble starts. See, asbestos is quite brittle, and if you try to tack new flooring material to it, it will invariably crack, sending dust particles into your home, which, if inhaled, could cause serious health issues that have the potential to be fatal. If you’ve seen those late-night infomercials about Mesothelioma, you know the danger.

The only way to be sure is to have the flooring tested before any work begins. We can do that, and if our testing reveals the presence of asbestos flooring, then we can do one of two things to solve the problem.

The first and easiest solution is to entomb the flooring, so it poses no danger. We can do that by covering it with a layer of cement. Once it’s dry, you’ll be able to place whatever new flooring you want on top of the cement, and you’re golden.

It’s important to note that that approach is not always possible though. If there are multiple layers of old flooring beneath the asbestos tiles, we may not have enough vertical space to add a layer of cement, plus your new flooring, in which case the job is a bit more involved.

Still entirely doable of course, but it is more of a process. In that case, our first step will be to cordon off the area of your home where the asbestos flooring is located so when we start removing it, the dust particles don’t spread throughout the air in your home.

Once the area is secure, we’ll safely and completely remove all traces of asbestos from your home, then thoroughly decontaminate the area so you won’t have to worry about it going forward, then dispose of the material at a properly licensed facility capable of handling it. In both cases, before any work begins, we’ll give you a free, no-obligation quote so you’ll have a firm understanding of all the costs involved before making a decision about how to proceed.

Don’t take chances where your family’s health is concerned. Call us today!

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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