Asbestos Inspection, Abatement, and Removal by Pittsnogle, LLC
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a heat-resistant mineral fiber that, when woven, turns into fabric and has been used as a construction material for over 4,500 years. Comprised of six different natural minerals, asbestos has carcinogenic properties that can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Because asbestos can absorb sound, provide tensile strength, and is resistant to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, it is commonly used for anything from insulation material to acoustic or popcorn ceilings, fire blankets, and much more. Asbestos grows in crystal form and it is easy to separate and manipulate into high tensile-strength fiber, which makes it the most convenient and cost-effective material for construction and other companies to use.
Asbestos Found in Homes, Businesses, and Other Buildings
Although asbestos is still found in many homes, businesses, and other buildings, it only poses a threat if it is damaged or improperly removed. If you find stable, undamaged asbestos in your home or office, it is highly recommended that you do not attempt to remove or tamper with it. Inhaling asbestos fibers from cutting into, scraping, or damaging in any way causes serious fatal illnesses, so before renovating or demolishing, call Pittsnogle to ensure safe and reliable asbestos removal.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, asbestos may be found on or in older construction materials, appliances, and other items, such as:
• Artificial Ashes and Embers for Gas Fireplaces
• Asbestos Cement Roofing, Shingles, and Siding
• Brake Pad Lining for Automobiles
• Brake Pads for Automobiles
• Cement Sheets
• Clutch Facings
• Coal Furnaces
• Decorative Material
• Door Gaskets in Furnaces, Wood Stoves, and Coal Stoves
• Electrical Equipment
• Exterior Surfaces
• Fireproof Gloves
• Floor Tile Installation Adhesive
• Furnace Ducts
• Insulation for houses built between 1930 – 1950
• Interior Surfaces
• Ironing Board Covers
• Oil Furnaces
• Patching and Joint Compounds for Walls and Ceilings
• Resilient Floor Tiles
• Soundproofing Material
• Steam and Hot Water Pipes
• Stove-Top Pads
• Textured Paints
• Vinyl Sheet Flooring and More
Fatal Illnesses and Health Issues Caused by Asbestos
Although the dangers of asbestos have only recently been discovered to cause fatal illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis, records of the health issues from working with or inhaling asbestos can date back to the Roman Empire. Asbestos fibers are so small, they can remain in the air for hours, which increases the risk of contracting the illnesses listed previously at a staggering rate. However, if asbestos is maintained in an undamaged or stable state, there is no cause for concern.
Asbestos Abatement, Removal, and Remediation at Pittsnogle, LLC
Asbestos is a very dangerous substance when damaged or tampered with. The professionals at Pittsnogle, LLC, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, provide many areas in West Virginia and Virginia with expert asbestos abatement or reduction, removal, remediation, and much more.