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Fort Worth is a classic Southern town in the middle of northern Texas. Known for their history as a trading post, it's an old city. And in the old cities of America, asbestos is always present. Its use exploded at the time Fort Worth was thriving and bustling town. So if you live in Fort Worth in an old home, there's a high likelihood there's asbestos in it. Call us now for a free quote, and we'll come check it out.
This article will be addressing and identifying frequently asked questions about asbestos. First of all, for those who don't know, asbestos is a mineral that causes a disease called asbestosis, and cancer. Asbestos is found in drywall, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, cement, paint, insulation, and many other things so if you live in a house, you are most likely at risk. There are 6 types of asbestos, and all of them are dangerous. The most frequently asked questions about asbestos that I have noticed is “How dangerous is asbestos actually?” or a similar question of “Is asbestos even dangerous at all?” the answer to those questions are very dangerous, and yes. There are countless stories on the internet about asbestos and people getting sick/dying from it. Here are some other questions that are consistently asked.
ACM is short for asbestos containing material.
In most states it is technically legal to test and remove asbestos without training but it is highly discouraged because of the huge health risk.
The short answer is yes. While not always necessary to remove all of the asbestos containing material from the construction area, you should always test for your own safety and the safety of future occupants of the renovated area. If there is no more than 260 linear feet, 35 cubic feet, or 160 square feet, the asbestos does not need to be removed because it would be better to not disturb the asbestos fibers and potentially have them go airborne.
Although there is a ban on asbestos containing materials, there are loopholes in the ban and asbestos containing materials can still be made in the US.
No, because the asbestos contained material can still be in your house even after the ban because not all materials used to build are brand new. Also, the rule was set in 1989 and didn’t come into effect in 1991. Also there are still loopholes, so there is no way to be safe from asbestos.
Most people just call the number of a local asbestos remover, and your local company will remove the asbestos from your house. The State Department of Labor, and the City County Health Department will need to be notified of the removal process 0 days before the process. Depending on how much asbestos there is, a project design may need to be made. The workers work very hard to keep the asbestos in the house by putting on disposable suits and washing thoroughly to not ruin the outside area. They remove and bag all the asbestos containing material and then transported to a special waste trailer. The air is then tested to make sure its safe then.
The asbestos is put into sealed bags and transported to an EPA approved landfill. The bags are transported by a Licensed Abatement Contractor or a Licensed Asbestos Hauler. Most states require anyone moving asbestos to be a Licensed Abatement Contractor and those Licensed Contractors have to carry Environmental Impairment insurance to cover at least One Million Dollars. The bags containing ACM is then buried in the landfill. States’ Departments of Environmental Quality regulate landfills and they must approve how much material is going into those landfills.
Call a certified asbestos remover, who will come and take samples, then if you have asbestos in your house they will instruct you to the appropriate means to get rid of the asbestos if you indeed have asbestos at your house or property.
There are training courses required by each state, and there are federal regulations, too. There are online classes and training, but a way to get certified is by taking a course approved by your state, or the EPA. the training must be consistent with the Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan. Almost all of the states in america require you to have a license in order to do work. Training courses go from as long as two to five days depending on the work you wish to do on your building.
Asbestos is not always a big concern, and it can be maintained if the asbestos containing material is still in good condition. Asbestos becomes a hazard when the ACMs are disturbed, damaged, or really old.
There will only be asbestos in cars and breaks if the car is old, or if the parts are foreign because there are not regulations in all foreign countries.
Yes. If you are doing work on your own home, then it is technically legal by federal asbestos regulations. However, it is strongly recommended to hire a trained professional asbestos remover.
There are three main types of asbestos, mainly classified by colors. Blue asbestos, Brown asbestos, and White asbestos. White asbestos, or Chrysotile Asbestos is the most commonly used asbestos, and is used a lot in cement, brake pads, and roofing tiles. Brown asbestos, or Amosite asbestos is mostly found in Africa and is what is usually found in insulation. Although all asbestos is extremely dangerous, brown asbestos is the most dangerous, and the most of a cancer risk. Blue asbestos, or Crocidolite Asbestos has extremely thin fibers, and they can be inhaled then they can get lodged in your lungs. Blue asbestos can break down very easily and leads to asbestos exposure. The three minor types of asbestos don’t have the color nicknames of the major types of asbestos. The minor types are tremolite fibers, actinolite fibers, and anthophyllite fibers. Tremolite asbestos is commonly found contaminating in Chrysotile and is found in paints, sealants, insulation, and talc products. Actinolite fibers generally are found in dark colors, and it comes in various forms. It is found, similarly to tremolite fibers, in paints, sealants, and drywall. Actinolite expands when heated, it is commonly used as insulation material. Anthophyllite fibres are brownish-grayish color, and commonly found in composite flooring. Anthophyllite has the least for developing mesothelioma, compared to other types of asbestos. There is still a clear link between mesothelioma and Anthophyllite.
The symptoms of asbestos exposure take years to show themselves, so it can be hard to see what the symptoms are of exposure. Lung cancer from asbestos exposure can take up to 15 years to show up. Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure can take up to 30 years to show. There is some evidence that family and close friends to people exposed to asbestos can suffer illnesses too because of fibers going from the original person’s hair, skin or clothes onto the next person. The four main diseases related to asbestos exposure include Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and Lung problems, like fluid build up in the chest. It depends on when you will show the symptoms of asbestos exposure based on when you where exposed, and how much asbestos you were exposed to. People have waited to be exposed from anywhere from ten to fifty years. Each of the common diseases involving asbestos have their own symptoms and unique treatments, but i wont get into that today.
Asbestos can still be used in most countries but a lot of countries, such as the United States of America, and Canada have stopped all mining of asbestos. The top five countries in asbestos mining by year are:
- India – one hundred and nineteen metric tons per year
- China – fifty two thousand eight hundred and sixty metric tons per year
- Brazil – one hundred and twenty five thousand eight hundred and thirty two metric tons per year
- Kazakhstan – one hundred and seventy five thousand two hundred thirty five metric tons per year
- Russia – six hundred eighteen thousand and thirty seven metric tons per year.
I hope this article explained to you some questions that you had about asbestos. Asbestos is a very serious problem in the United States, and all over the world, in every country. We are lucky to have all the resources we have, and we should take advantage of all the resources we have. The worst thing you can do is to not call someone to check your house for asbestos and have your family and friends all suffer from deadly, and terminal illness in the future.