Asbestos abatement in Boston may be needed if you plan to remodel or repair your home. The material should only be taken out when it poses a risk of exposure; otherwise, disturbing it can make the problem worse. Call our company for advice on asbestos removal and proper disposal. In the past, many experts recommended automatic removal of (ACM) asbestos containing material. But now the Environmental Protection Agency and the state suggest it’s safe to leave it intact if it is in good condition. We will make an expert recommendation on whether asbestos abatement is right for you.Are you a Home Seller, Buyer or Realtor?
When the asbestos abatement job is complete, the customer is provided closeout documents; which include a completion letter describing the scope of work and certified lab results of the independent air testing. Completion Certification allows you to list your home with total confidence
When Should I Consider Asbestos Abatement?
The mineral fibers pose a danger when disturbed in some way: by drilling a hole in a wall, knocking down a section of building, changing pipes, or by scratching a textured or “popcorn ceiling.” When this fiber is exposed to air its dust is easily breathed. It lodges in the lungs and causes damage that may take 10-40 years to show up.
Asbestos abatement in Boston is an umbrella term that involves removing or minimizing health risks associated with this fiber in a home or building. This can involve several courses of action:
Demolition - Before a demolition begins, cities and towns are required to have an Asbestos Survey in Massachusetts as part of the permit application.
Pipe Insulation removal – If you have discovered this asbestos pipe insulation while doing repair work, call us immediately. If it has been disturbed, we can remove it safely according to state and federal regulations.
VAT - Vinyl Asbestos Tiles removal – 9 inch by 9 inch tiles and the mastic adhering it to the plywood in holder homes almost always contain asbestos and needs to removed by an asbestos company.
Asbestos Exterior Shingles Removal – Homes built before 1980 typically have asbestos containing exterior shingles. A licensed asbestos company must remove these shingles.
Asbestos Roof Removal – Prior to the mid1980s many houses were built with asbestos containing roofing tiles. We have worked extensively with many local roofing companies to remove asbestos roof shingles prior to new roofing insulation.
Textured or Popcorn Ceiling Removal – Many homes built before the mid 1980 have textured ceilings, sometimes referred to as “popcorn ceilings.” Do not scrape them yourself! You will release disease causing asbestos fibers into the air. Call a licensed asbestos company.
Asbestos Furnace Removal – the old “snowman boilers” along with many other types of old heating systems are wrapped in asbestos. We have worked extensively with local plumbers and heating companies to remove existing heating systems prior to home furnace updates. We follow DEP guidelines for removal of old heating systems.
Vermiculite Removal – Vermiculite insulation is seen in many attics built before the mid 1980s. Vermiculite must not be disturbed and when removed it must be handled by a licensed Asbestos Contractor.
How We Do It?
Asbestos Removal - All work will be performed in accordance with proper Federal, State and Local regulations.
Specific work practices include:
- All necessary paperwork notifications/permits.
- Isolation of the work area via sealing critical barriers.
- All necessary precautions to minimize air quality levels within and around the work area (i.e. thoroughly applying amended liquids, timely containing waste and proper worker hygiene/changing practices).
- Disposal at an EPA certified hazardous waste site
- Independent air testing by a licensed industrial hygienist
Enclosure – Covering the contaminated area with a protective wrap can keep the fibers out of the air very effectively when you hire an accredited asbestos company. We have been doing this work since 1987 with a proven performance record.
Encapsulation – In some cases removing all asbestos is impossible without demolishing the entire structure; instead, parts of it can effectively be treated with a sealant to bind the fibers. Furnace, boiler and pipe insulation can be repaired this way.
How Common Is this Material?
It’s estimated that about 3,000 building materials contain this heat-resistant, chemical-proof fiber. After its many health risks came to light, it became all but outlawed in the 1970s. But old supplies continued to be used much later. Even today a tightly-regulated amount of tiles and some adhesives still contain it in small quantities. It’s even used in car manufacturing!
If it is built into another material, or if it is sealed behind walls, it can usually stay put. To be sure, let us test your air quality. Start by calling for a. Improper or hasty removal can send a cloud of dust into the air; you must hire a professional asbestos company for this purpose.
It is the only known cause of the rare cancer mesothelioma and is linked to other lung cancers as well as asbestos-is. Even low levels of exposure can lead to fatal disease.
Trust Our Experience
When you’re considering asbestos abatement, remember that it needs to be approached with caution. We are accredited and licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts DEP to handle all types of asbestos abatement.
We will inspect your property and identify areas that contain the mineral. It could be impregnated into floor tiling, exterior shingles, wallpaper, textiles, caulking of wallboard. If age or past remodeling has damaged any materials, we will inspect them, test them, and give you a written asbestos abatement action plan. If you plan to renovate or alter plumbing, we will take precautions that keep you and your family safe.
We will arrange the necessary state inspections and take care of needed regulatory notifications. And we will correct the problem using state of the art methods. We will handle the disposal of asbestos with care in a state-approved manner.
Our company is licensed, certified, and fully insured. We understand your concerns and will handle your asbestos issue with compassion and professionalism. Help is at hand!
We handle asbestos abatement in Boston, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.