What to Do When You Have Asbestos Siding in Upperville, VA

Asbestos Inspection in Burke, VA

Options for Handling Asbestos Siding on Homes in Upperville, VA

Do you have asbestos siding on your Upperville, VA home? You may. Asbestos was widely used in construction, beginning in 1920, up through the early 80’s, so if your home was built anywhere in that timeframe, it’s certainly possible.

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, we learned about all the positive characteristics of asbestos long before we learned about it’s negative (and deadly) traits. In looking just at the positives, it’s not at all hard to see why it was such a popular and widely used material. After all, it:

  • Has exceptional insulating qualities and is fire resistant
  • Incredibly durable
  • Easy to paint
  • Extremely low-maintenance
  • And quite easy to replace in small sections

No wonder there are so many homes that still have asbestos siding in Upperville, VA, even to this day! Of course, the wonder material wasn’t just used in siding. In many buildings, it was also used as insulation, and in the 50’s and 60’s it saw widespread use as a flooring material.

In 1898, having discovered just how dangerous it was, the EPA issued their Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule, but by that point it was estimated that the material could be found in more than 80% of the buildings in use at that point.

While the government has been steadily removing it from government facilities and installations, businesses and homeowners were left to work out how best to remove the stuff on their own, which has proved to be a massive project that’s still ongoing to this day.

If you think you might have asbestos siding on your Upperville, VA home, there’s no immediate cause for alarm. Given the properties of the material, if you leave it alone, odds are that it won’t cause any problems for you or your family.

Of course, it’s also true that you don’t want to take chances where your family’s health is concerned, so if your home was built between 1920 and 1981, the first thing you’ll want to do is have an expert confirm or deny its presence.

If it is found, you’ve got a couple of options. The approach recommended by both the Vinyl Siding Institute and the EPA is to cover it in a foam sheath, and simply side over it. The problem is that you can only put new siding over existing siding so many times before you have to rip it all down and start over, and that’s where you need an expert.

Asbestos siding is extremely brittle and prone to crumbling when you try to remove it. When it crumbles, your risk of breathing in asbestos dust increases markedly, and that’s when it’s at its most dangerous. It’s just not a project you should try to undertake yourself, but don’t worry. We’ve got years of experience dealing with, and properly disposing of asbestos. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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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