Strategies Used to Deal with Asbestos Shingles in Virginia Beach, VA

Asbestos Shingles in Virginia Beach, VA

The Process of Removing Asbestos Shingles for Homes in Virginia Beach, VA

Do you have asbestos shingles on your Virginia Beach, VA home? You may, and simply not know it. In fact, if your home was built between the 1920s and the 1970s, it’s entirely possible. Back then, the dangers of asbestos weren’t known, or even a consideration, so the material was widely used in various facets of construction. Worse, sellers are under no legal obligation to inform you of the presence of asbestos, which means you could be sheltering beneath a ticking time bomb and not even realize it.

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 danger: As asbestos ages, it becomes quite brittle, and when it breaks, it tends to crumble, which creates tiny airborne particles. If inhaled, these particles can cause a variety of health conditions. In the best case, it will do little more than cause inflammation and infection, but it could be much more serious. Asbestos exposure can lead to a deadly form of cancer called mesothelioma, for which there is no cure.

Even worse, if you have asbestos shingles on your Virginia Beach, VA home and you hire a roofing company to come re-roof your house at some point, in the process of doing the work, they’re going to cause a number of those aging shingles to crumble, exposing both them and your family to danger. It’s just not something that your average roofing contractor is capable of dealing with.

Testing is the only way to know for sure, and as the region’s top-rated hazardous materials remediation company, we are uniquely positioned to provide that service for you.

When you call on us, we’ll come to your property and conduct a thorough investigation because it’s not just asbestos shingles on your Virginia Beach, VA home you have to worry about. Asbestos might be present in the form of pipe insulation, attic insulation, flooring tiles, or even home siding.

If you have an older home, the dangerous shingles, floor tiles or siding might not be visible or even readily apparent. They may have been covered over by a former owner, who placed a new type of flooring, siding, or re-roofed over.

Not to worry though, our trained professionals are well-equipped to handle any job of any size. We’ll dig deep into the bones of your home, seeking out any traces of asbestos. When we’re done, we’ll give you a complete report, our professional recommendation where next steps are concerned, and a free, no-obligation estimate so you’ll have a clear understanding of exactly what it will take to get rid of all traces of asbestos in your home and give you and your family greater peace of mind.

Depending on what form the asbestos in your home takes, there are a number of strategies we can use to deal with the problem. For example, in the case of asbestos flooring tiles, it’s often easiest and most cost-effective to simply entomb them. We’ll trap the tiles beneath a layer of concrete, which will give you the freedom to simply install a new type of flooring above that. Problem solved, and they’ll never bother you or put your family at risk again.

If we discover that you have asbestos siding on your home, we could take a similar approach, applying a foam sheath over the siding which would allow you to side over it. There is a bit of a drawback with that approach, however. You can only side over your existing siding a limited number of times before it all has to come down, which means that you’re essentially forestalling its removal. Even so, it is certainly a viable option in many cases.

Where asbestos insulation is concerned, removal and remediation is the way forward.

If you have asbestos shingles on your Virginia Beach, VA home, we could conceivably sheath the old shingles so you could roof over them, but as we mentioned with siding, there’s only so many times you can get away with that before all of the old roofing material has to come down so you can start over. It’s effective but is really more of a stopgap measure. Sooner or later, it’s going to have to come down.

Ultimately, the decision is yours, but it often makes more since to have the asbestos shingles on your Virginia Beach, VA home removed, so it’s just no longer an issue. If that’s the direction you’d like to take, here’s what our process looks like:

  • Isolation – The first thing we’ll do is prep the site for proper removal, which revolves around isolating your roof so that when we start removing the asbestos shingles, we don’t wind up spreading airborne particles across your property where they might wind up tracked in on the bottoms of shoes or possibly inhaled later.
  • Removal – Having isolated the area, we’ll begin with the removal process, which is designed to safely and completely remove the asbestos shingles from your roof with a minimum of degradation that in turn, minimizes the amount of airborne asbestos particles.
  • Disposal – After removing all traces of asbestos from your home, we’ll dispose of it, along with any other materials that may have become contaminated. We always use properly licensed and accredited facilities capable of handling whatever hazardous material we’re working with. In cases where testing is required as part of the disposal process, we’ll share the test results with you when we get them back.
  • Decontamination – This is the most important part of the entire process. Once all of the asbestos has been removed from your property, we’ll return and thoroughly decontaminate the area to ensure that no trace of asbestos remains.

Other Services We Provide

Unfortunately, asbestos is but one potential hazard that could be lurking on or in your home, or elsewhere around your property. Most people view their homes as safe havens, unaware that there are a number of potentially dangerous materials, often unseen and undetected, all around them.

The good news is that our company has the expertise and equipment to deal with a broad range of potential threats. Besides asbestos, two of the other threats we’re frequently called upon to deal with are lead paint and mold.

Unlike asbestos, the person you purchased your home from was legally required to tell you if there was any lead paint in or on your home, but of course, that person may simply not have known. Given that, it doesn’t pay to assume that there’s no lead paint in your home. Again, testing is the only way to be absolutely certain, and if our testing reveals the presence of lead paint, our process for removal is functionally similar to the one we described above.

Mold is an insidious problem because in many cases, by the time you start seeing signs of a mold infestation, the problem has already become quite advanced.

The good news here is that part of our testing procedure involves the use of thermal imaging technology which allows us to complete mold testing in your home more quickly and non-invasively than ever before. We’ll be able to peer into the very walls of your home to look for signs of mold and the conditions that make it easier for mold colonies to take root and establish themselves.

Again, our process for removal is functionally similar to what we described above, but there is one key difference. Mold needs two things to thrive: Darkness and dampness. If that dampness is being caused by a pipe with a slow leak in it, unless that gets fixed, your mold problem will soon resurface.

Given that, once we’ve completed our work, we’ll provide you with our professional recommendation that outlines the next steps that should be taken to ensure that the problem doesn’t come back.

Nobody wants to take chances where their family’s health is concerned, and the good news is, you don’t have to. There’s no need to guess or wonder whether or not you’ve got some kind of hazardous material in your home or around your property that could potentially threaten your family. We can test for a variety of materials and tell you definitively. If something is found, we’ve got the expertise and specialized equipment to remove it safely and completely, giving you tremendous peace of mind.

Give our office a call today. You’ll be very glad you did.

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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