Asbestos

  • Is asbestos still a problem today?
    • Although the use of asbestos in building materials decreased in the late 1970s – 1980s the use of asbestos in building materials was never banned in the United States.  For this reason Asbestos continues to be found in building materials today.
  • Why should I test for Asbestos?
    • Asbestos is not able to be seen by the unaided human eye therefore it is not possible to know if a building material contains asbestos without undergoing proper sampling and laboratory analysis for the presence of asbestos.
    • Building materials such as drywall and texture/joint compound, linoleum, vinyl flooring tiles and glues (mastic), insulation and other materials may contain asbestos. The only way to know if a building material does or does not contain asbestos is through proper sampling and laboratory analysis.
      • If asbestos is found in the suspect building materials it is vital that a certified asbestos abatement contractor complete the work following the AHERA, NESHAP and OSHA standards for removal and disposal.  This will ensure the safety of the customer that inhabits the building, employees that complete the work on the building and the public from the harmful effects of asbestos. 
      • If asbestos is not present in the building material that will be disturbed through  renovation or demolition, the process can proceed without the same removal and disposal requirements of an asbestos containing material. This often will lower the cost of the renovation or demolition process substantially.

 

 

  • What problems does Asbestos Cause?
    • Asbestos is a microscopic fiber that is dangerous when it becomes airborne and is breathed in by a person.
    • Asbestos can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and other severe even deadly health problems.  
  • Is there Asbestos in my home?
    • Although asbestos is most often found in homes built prior to the mid 1980s asbestos is still found in building materials used in construction today, the only way to know is through proper asbestos testing. 
    • Humans are at lower risk of exposure to the harmful effects of asbestos if the building materials that contain asbestos are intact and in good condition. If a building material is in disrepair or will be disturbed through a renovation or demolition it is important that it be tested for the presence of asbestos prior to the disturbance.
  • Does White Hat Services LLC offer Asbestos Testing in my area?
    • White Hat Services LLC serves customers in the greater metro Phoenix area including Phoenix, Sun City, Surprise, Glendale, Peoria, Avondale, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek.
  • Where can I learn more about Asbestos?

Contact Us

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EPA Website

Maricopa County Air Quality Website