Friday, September 21, 2018

Asbestos Dangers Are Still Lurking

A worker wears protective asbestos clothing, a face mask and safety goggles.
Asbestos exposure can lead to the development of lung cancer or cause another aggressive cancer that attacks the lungs and abdomen.(GETTY IMAGES)
AFTER ALL THESE YEARS – long since the dangers of asbestos became common knowledge and use of the fire-resistant mineral decreased drastically – health experts say asbestos continues to make us sick. 
Despite the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began banning asbestos in some products and uses in the 1970s, such as in felt laid under flooring and pipe insulation, it's still found in older buildings and allowed in newly produced materials ranging from brake lining to window caulk. When the microscopic asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can cause problems like the chronic lung disease asbestosis, in which lung tissue can become scarred over time, hampering breathing and raising cancer risk. For some people, asbestos exposure may lead to the development of lung cancer or cause another aggressive cancer that attacks the lungs and abdomen called mesothelioma. 
"The vast majority of mesotheliomas are related to asbestos exposure," says Dr. Jae Y. Kim, chief of thoracic surgery at the City of Hope cancer center in Duarte, California, of the rare cancer that afflicts about 3,000 people annually. The consequences of asbestos exposure don't usually appear until long after the fibers are inhaled into the lungs. That could be at least 10 years or more before asbestosis occurs, or several decades before symptoms of cancer emerge. Kim says he usually sees people with mesothelioma around 40 years after they were exposed to asbestos. Patients are typically in their 60s or older, and often had worked in naval shipyards, where asbestos was used frequently in manufacturing, or they worked in other construction or plumbing jobs.​ 
But the composite of who's at risk from asbestos exposure is hardly limited to workers from a bygone era. Workers and homeowners today also face their own challenges. And while long-term exposure raises one's risk, it appears even brief exposure to asbestos can potentially have serious or even fatal consequences. "There is no known safe threshold of asbestos exposure," Kim says. "As far as we know, even significant amounts in a short period can cause long-term health problems." 
Those at risk can include the homeowner who's renovating an older house or a worker who is exposed to asbestos-containing materials on the job, such as while working on old pipes. Asbestos is still allowed in things like hard floor tile​, brakes for vehicles – from cars and planes to trucks and trains – and insulating jackets found on heating systems and boilers; some structures are still built with the hard, asbestos-containing material transite, says Larry McGowan, supervisory industrial hygienist at the Occupational and Safety Health Administration, whose job involves protecting workers from health hazards. " of the story

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Asbestos Testing for your home

2 parts of a successful and legal acoustic asbestos/ walls / mud  remediation and mastic flooring , or any demo of known asbestos,  first testing to determine % of hazardous material if any, and second remediation to clean the stuff up legally and responsibly. 

Each of those steps are 2 different professionals , we are the latter. You need a testing company prior to us working on identified material.

I recommend Michael Jackson, Jackson Enviro OC area, 949-230-9779, Patriot Labs in Fullerton/ Culver City  ask for Jeff 714-423-8988 or a individual tech named Dave Wallach 714-328-2410, OC area and Los Angeles, Tim Maskew , VM3 Enviro, 760-273-9728 x710 , San Diego/LA/OC area 

They charge between $250-$400 I believe.

Pricing depends on size of work area, wood floors or slab, other situations. Floors usually $4.29 per sq ft, acoustic ceiling around $3.71 per sq ft and ducts $1050-$1450.00 , all from permits to disposal.

 Let me know, once we all know I will be glad to prepare an estimate to remove,  it all starts and end with the asbestos survey report. If you have can you email me the report?

Hope this helps!


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