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Asbestos Removal

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a flame retardant substance made up of fiber like minerals –used for multiple purposes in construction for decades. Most commonly, asbestos was used in flooring, insulation, roofing and wall covering materials for decades after World War II. For years we have known about the harmful and deadly effects of asbestos. Homes built before 1980 need to be tested for asbestos-based or contaminated materials prior to reconstruction or demolition.

Any type of construction project that risks cutting or breaking asbestos-based materials, or the asbestos glue used to attach them, could send the microscopic asbestos fibers airborne. Airborne asbestos is dangerous, as then it is breathed in, where it cannot be removed.

The highest risk of asbestos-related illness is to the original manufacturers and installers of the materials, and construction workers who encounter it. Please do not attempt to handle asbestos yourself. Call First Choice for asbestos abatement and let our professionally trained and certified team handle that for you.

Asbestos Removal Services

Properly removing asbestos contaminated areas and materials are critical to a safe environment. If you think you may have asbestos in your home or building, testing the material before any demo or remodeling is needed.

First Choice asbestos abatement (removing the hazards completely and replacing with safe materials) is most often more affordable than full demolition and rebuilding.

Where asbestos may be found:

  • Attic and wall insulation produced containing vermiculite
  • Wallpaper
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings
  • Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets
  • Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
  • Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation
  • Heat-resistant fabrics
  • Automobile clutches and brakes

Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma: a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart
  • Asbestosis: a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs