Despite the warnings and regulations since 1989, asbestos is not banned in the United States. While asbestos is prohibited from being used in new products, this mineral can still be imported and is utilized in existing products such as roofing materials and automotive parts. Thus, asbestos exposure has decreased over the years but is still prevalent.
Asbestos can be in ceilings, floor tiles, pipes, and insulation in older homes and buildings. Therefore, professional asbestos abatement in MA is imperative to safely removing the affected areas. Atlantic Bay Contracting proudly serves Massachusetts and Rhode Island and can perform the asbestos abatement process urgently.
The risks of asbestos exposure
Older homes with asbestos in the building materials can be a ticking time bomb regarding the occupant’s health. But how does asbestos lead to serious health issues? Well, asbestos fibers are microscopic and can make their way into the air if contaminated materials are disturbed. For example, floor tiles can break, wear down, and crack with usage over time.
When these fibers are exposed to the air, and can get trapped in the lungs. With heavy exposure to asbestos as time passes, the accumulation of the fibers can result in scarring and inflammation. Also, asbestos has been classified as a human carcinogen. This means that it has been known to cause cancer such as mesothelioma. Most people come in contact with asbestos at some point in time. But, those with heavy exposure may not experience symptoms until 10 to 40 years later!
Asbestos Abatement MA Process
When it comes to asbestos abatement in MA, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection typically needs to be notified at least ten days before the removal. An abatement will also determine the following before removal:
- Details and quantity of the asbestos
- The expected level of exposure
- Regulating the cleanup area
- Decontaimation process
- Material waste management
- Final cleaning
As an EPA, DBE, MBE-certified asbestos removal business, our team at Atlantic Bay Contracting is prepared to take on any asbestos abatement in the Greater Boston area. Give us a call at 617-782-4986 if you have any questions or concerns about asbestos abatement in MA.