Dangers of Exposure to Asbestos Shingles in Fairfax, VA

Asbestos Shingles in Fairfax, VA

Professional Removal of Asbestos Shingles in Fairfax, VA

You’ve probably seen and heard about the dangers of asbestos. Late night infomercials, class-action lawsuits related to it, and so on. It’s an especially grim type of cancer, caused primarily by exposure to asbestos.

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

From the 1920’s to the late 1970’s, builders relied heavily on the material. It’s easy to understand why. The dangers of asbestos were unknown at the time, and it had several highly attractive qualities, including the fact that it was:

  1. Extremely easy to clean
  2. Easy to replace
  3. Easy to paint
  4. Impervious to fire
  5. A superb insulator
  6. Long-lasting and durable
  7. Resistant to rot and damage caused by termites
  8. And super easy to replace

The material’s use reached its peak in the 50’s and 60’s and was commonly used to create asbestos shingles in Fairfax, VA homes, as well as being used in insulation, home siding, and even floor tiling.

Over time, of course, the dangers of asbestos became clear leading to the EPA issuing its Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule in 1989. Since then, government agencies, businesses, and homeowners have been working diligently to remove it.

It’s a big job. Some estimates indicate that 80% of the buildings constructed prior to 1980 contain asbestos in one form or another, and worse, it’s not a substance that can be removed by a do it yourselfer. Given the risks and dangers, great care is needed, to say nothing of the experience and specialized equipment required to safely remove it.

So the question is, do you have asbestos shingles on your Fairfax, VA home? The short answer is that you might. Unlike lead paint, which sellers are required to disclose, there is no requirement to tell a prospective buyer about the presence of asbestos, and because of that, many sellers may not even be aware that they have asbestos shingles on their Fairfax, VA homes, or asbestos in some other form.

That’s because the person they bought the home from before they ultimately sold it to you may not have told them either, and if the home had been re-roofed at some point prior to that, there’d be no outward sign.

There is one way to know for sure, however. It comes down to testing. One call to our office and we can let you know definitively whether or not you have asbestos shingles on your Fairfax, VA home.

We’ll let you know the results of our test and give you a free, no-obligation quote, along with our recommendation about how best to proceed. If you opt to go ahead with removal, our process is pretty straightforward.

First, we’ll cordon off the roof to make sure that when we start the remediation process, none of the dangerous particles escape threatening your family.

Once the area is secure, we’ll proceed with removal, which will include both a thorough decontamination of the site to make sure there’s no lingering threat and lawful disposal at a properly accredited facility.

In order to minimize your risk, while we’re testing, we’ll look for more than just the presence of asbestos shingles on your Fairfax, VA home, and we’ll let you know if we find asbestos in any form, anywhere on your property.

Note that if other forms of asbestos are found, in some cases, removal isn’t necessarily the only or even the best option.

For example, if you have asbestos siding on your home, an alternate approach to removal would be to cover it in a foam sheath and side over it. That’s a workable solution, but there are hard limits to how many times you can side over your existing home siding before it all has to be torn down so you can start fresh.

If you have asbestos floor tiling somewhere in your home, a great alternative to removal is to simply entomb it. We can cover the tiles in a layer of concrete, and then you can install whatever new flooring you like, without having to worry that you’ll cause damage to the tiles and inadvertently threaten your health or the health of your family.

In addition to dealing with asbestos remediation, our company handles a wide range of other hazardous materials, including lead paint and mold removal.

In both cases, our process is fundamentally similar to the one we outlined above for safely and completely removing asbestos, although there are some differences at the margins because each hazardous material has unique characteristics.

Not to worry, whatever shape or form the threats to your family takes, we’ve got you covered. Our specialists are some of the most skilled and experienced you’ll find anywhere, and we pride ourselves in the quality and thoroughness of our work.

The bottom line is, your family’s health is too important to take chances with. You don’t want to trust dealing with hazardous materials to just anyone. You want to know that the company you hire to deal with it is the best in the business. That’s why you want to call us.

We can help with that. Call us today, and we’ll help ensure that your home is the safe, healthy environment you want it to be. 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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