If we had known how dangerous asbestos was at the start, there’s no way it would have ever become such a popular construction material. As it stands, we learned all about its attractive qualities long before we learned about the risks and dangers associated with it, which is why it was so widely used in construction between 1920 and 1981.
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In looking at the material’s attractive qualities, it’s not hard to see why it was so popular. In many ways, at the time, it seemed like a wonder material. It was fire resistant. An excellent insulator. It could be replaced easily, and in small, bite-sized sections as opposed to having to tear it all down and replace it wholesale, and it was a rugged, low-maintenance material that was easy to paint. From a builder’s perspective, it was perfect…at least until its health risks became known.
That’s why, by the time the EPA published their phase out rule in 1989, it was estimated that asbestos had found its way into some 80% of homes, offices, and government installations in use at the time the rule was published. Given that, the task of removing it has been a daunting one, and continues to this day.
While asbestos has been used in construction since 1920, asbestos flooring in Washington, DC homes and office buildings didn’t reach its peak in popularity until the 50’s and 60’s, so if your home was built during that time, it’s quite possible that those cool, retro floor tiles you’ve got in your home are asbestos-based.
If you’re not sure, and you want to find out, we can help by testing them to confirm or deny. If it turns out that you do have asbestos flooring in your Washington, DC residence, there’s probably no immediate cause for alarm. After all, they’ve been in place since you purchased the property and unless they are disturbed, they don’t pose much of a threat.
Even so, your family’s health isn’t something you want to leave to chance, and if you’d like to deal with them, you have two options.
The first and simplest option is to simply entomb them. You can do this by pouring a layer of concrete over the tiles, and then putting new flooring atop the concrete. That solves the problem neatly without having to worry about removal and disposal.
Removing the asbestos flooring from your Washington, DC home is, of course, the second option, and if you don’t want to leave anything to chance, that’s what we recommend. Having said that though, removing asbestos floor tiles isn’t a project you can tackle on your own, even if you’re a committed Do It Yourselfer.
The problem is this: As sturdy and durable as asbestos is, it also tends to be quite brittle. If you were to grab a hammer and a pry bar and try to remove the asbestos flooring from your Washington, DC home on your own, it’s almost certain that the tiles would crumble apart when you tried to pull them up.
When that happens, you’re going to release tiny asbestos particles into the air. If you or a member of your family breathes them in (which is almost a given under the circumstances), then you stand a very good chance of suffering lung inflammation and a variety of dangerous health risks, up to and including mesothelioma, which is a deadly form of cancer.
The good news is, you don’t have to go it alone. We’ve been in the business and proudly serving the area since 2000, and we’ve got the skill, the specialized equipment and the expertise to safely remove that asbestos flooring from your Washington, DC home, giving you tremendous peace of mind and one less thing to worry about.
Once we’ve confirmed its presence, if you contract with us for its removal, we will:
If the tiles need to be tested for some reason, we’ll see to it that they are tested at a properly certified lab and share those results with you when we get them back.
Of course, we do a lot more than just safely remove asbestos flooring from people’s homes. If you have asbestos shingles, siding, or insulation, we can help with those things too. If you’ve got a mold problem, or are dealing with lead-based paint, we’ve got you covered. Basically, you can consider us to be your one-stop shop for dealing with any potential environmental hazard in your home or somewhere on your property.
The bottom line is simply this: Your family’s health isn’t something you want to take chances with. If you even suspect the presence of an environmental hazard on your property, give us a call. We can test the suspect material to see if it poses a threat, and if it does, map out a strategy for its safe removal and disposal.
We’ve built our reputation by going above and beyond for every client we serve, and we’d love to add you to our growing family of satisfied customers. Call us today and experience the Envirotex difference for yourself. 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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Good morning, I just wanted to send a quick "THANK YOU" to you all for a prompt response to my call at the end of last week. My wife told me that the crew members were very professional and explained the process to her. Thanks to Dan for responding during his meeting and working with me. I would also like to thank Sara for jumping on the proposal ASAP as well.
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