Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos Abatement

While asbestos is still legal in many countries, it is banned in the United States. However, there are still places that hold small bits of the substance in them. The substance is still found in older homes when set for remodeling. But why was asbestos banned? and why is it essential to call Atlantic Bay Contracting for an asbestos abatement? Your answers are below. 


What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring set of fibrous minerals. There are six types of this mineral; however, all hold the same long and thin fibrous crystals and “fibrils.” The most commonly found forms are chrysotile, amosite, and crocidolite. The mineral was widely used in building homes from the early 1940s to the 1970s. The use of asbestos in homes was then banned and gradually halted in 1997.


Where are places where you can find asbestos?

Some of the common places to find asbestos are carpet underlays, pipes, popcorn ceilings, the backing of sheet vinyl, and many more places. Look at this interactive house from Asbestos Awareness to find more common areas for asbestos in your home. 


Why was asbestos banned?

 The Clean Air Act of 1970  stipulated asbestos, a hazardous air pollutant, and called for its use to be removed. Asbestos is considered to be dangerous for several reasons. When you breathe in the fibers for long periods, you increase your risk of illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and many more. 


How is asbestos removed? 

There are no laws around the removal of asbestos in your home. However, it is required that a licensed asbestos contractor carries out the removal. The process is called an asbestos abatement. Asbestos is wet down and scraped from all the surfaces it appears on. It is then collected safely and securely to make sure that the fibers do not spread further through your home.


Who do I contact about asbestos abatement?

Atlantic Bay Contracting is your asbestos abatement team. For the past 25 years, Allen Young and his skilled team have been helping home and property owners with their asbestos removal. In addition to asbestos abatement, we provide mold and post-remediation and air duct scrubbing in further efforts to protect you and your home from some of the dangers that may be lurking within?


Have more questions about asbestos abatement? Contact us at 617-782-4986 or through our website today!