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The Importance of Asbestos Abatement Companies

The Importance of Asbestos Removal Companies – Don’t Do It Yourself!

“Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with mesothelioma?” This is the attention-grabbing line that familiarized so many of us with the dangers of asbestos. The early 2000s saw a rise in the number of television commercials urging those diagnosed with this disease to seek legal representation. In turn, the growth of asbestos abatement companies stressed the importance of asbestos removal companies being used for the sake of citizens’ health. This is due in large part to how easily asbestos fibers become airborne. Here at Encompass Environmental we offer asbestos abatement in conjunction with meth decontamination and lead paint removal in Colorado and Eastern Utah. Let’s explore the importance of asbestos removal companies – Don’t Do It Yourself!

 

What is Asbestos?

We all know that asbestos poses a major health risk, but what is asbestos exactly? Asbestos actually refers to a group of six, naturally occurring minerals. These minerals are composed of soft fibers that are also heat-resistant, making it a popular choice for construction materials. There are two subcategories of asbestos which fall under the “blue” or “white” asbestos category, depending on their chemical composition. In addition to their difference in color, these two categories are also distinguishable by their physical appearance. Blue asbestos is straight and jagged, whereas white asbestos is curly. Some of the most common construction materials that have historically used asbestos as part of their composition include roofing materials (such as shingles, adhesives, and felt), siding, insulation, and different types of tile.

 

Asbestos Laws And Regulations 

In 1989 the federal government began implementing asbestos laws and regulations. They started with a partial ban on asbestos materials. Unfortunately, this did not completely shut down the asbestos market. Many materials still contain asbestos. In 2019, the government took another step towards abolition of asbestos by enforcing more bans. Because legislation against asbestos is still evolving, it’s important to remember that even newer homes do pose risk factors for containing asbestos materials–even more incentive for you to ensure that you have access to a credible asbestos abatement company should the need arise. For more information on asbestos removal in Grand Junction based on build date click here.

 

Can’t I Just Remove Asbestos Myself?

Simply put, “No.” It’s common for individuals facing the prospect of asbestos removal to be compelled to simply complete the project themselves. Here’s what you need to know when asking, “Can’t I just remove asbestos myself?”— there are significant health risks linked to exposure to asbestos, and exposure occurs easily. These risks do not only apply to the individual directly engaged with the asbestos containing materials, but there are also secondary exposure risks to your loved ones that accompany attempting to remove asbestos yourself. Mostly this occurs when asbestos particles attach to your clothing and then inadvertently expose those you come into contact with later–including a spouse who could be laundering your clothes.

 

Exposure to Asbestos

Exposure to asbestos is considered dangerous because, once the fibrous materials of asbestos become airborne, they are able to able to make their way into your body. Damage or breakdown of any material which contains asbestos, results in hazardous fibers being released into the air. Damage can occur from a broken asbestos siding tile on the outside of your house, or it can occur when water damages drywall that contains asbestos. If you have water damage in Grand Junction, we partner with Delta Restoration Services to help you tackle the complex situation of dealing with asbestos abatement and water damage.

Once asbestos is airborne and the fibers have been inhaled, the fibers can then embed themselves into individuals’ lungs or other major organs. The danger of asbestos lies in the body’s delayed reaction to this hazardous material. Often it can be anywhere from ten to forty years before the damaging effects of asbestos are seen. Due to the delayed onset, and severity, of diseases resulting from asbestos exposure, it is imperative that you hire a qualified asbestos abatement company so that you are not risking your health in the years to come.    

 

Health Risks Associated with Asbestos

There are three primary health risks associated with asbestos: malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Malignant Mesothelioma attacks the tissue that lines most major organs and is most commonly found in the lungs and stomach and occasionally in the heart. There are four stages of Mesothelioma and the life expectancy, once diagnosed, ranges from 10 to 21 months. Lung cancer attributed to asbestos exposure only accounts for about 4% of all lung cancer diagnoses. Smokers are at increased risk of developing lung cancer from asbestos exposure, as smoking hinders the lungs’ ability to remove fibers that become lodged in the lungs. Asbestosis is scarring and inflammation of the lungs due to asbestos exposure. Oftentimes these three diseases can occur simultaneously. Because these diseases are so serious in nature, it is vital that individuals who suspect their home or business contains asbestos materials that have been damaged seek help from a licensed asbestos abatement company immediately.

 

Finding an Asbestos Removal Company

You’re aware of the dangers and how easily exposure to asbestos occurs, and you want to let an expert handle it, so now what? The task of finding an asbestos removal company can seem daunting. Here are a few tips and tricks when searching for a contractor:

  1. Don’t be fooled by low bids! Oftentimes contractors will purposefully bid low in order to secure a project and then submit large change orders throughout the job.
  2. Ensure that your contractor is licensed and insured. Beware of companies that are promising low prices and don’t have the reputable credentials to back up their work.

 

Hire Us for your Asbestos Removal

Here at Encompass Environmental we invite you to look at our record and hire us for your asbestos removal needs! We are a dependable, family-owned operation that has sought out employees who are well-versed in asbestos removal and other decontamination services. With all of our employees, we have combined years of solid work experience and a slew of satisfied customers. We are able to produce precise bids as a result of our immense experience in our field.

Your safety and our safety are of the utmost importance to us. That’s why we are dedicated to obtaining and maintaining safety certifications from a variety of organizations: OSHA, IICRC, CDPHE, and ECSI. In addition, we have also received our Hazwoper Training.

 

Asbestos Abatement Rules and Regulations

Asbestos Abatement Rules and Regulations

Asbestos abatement rules and regulations are changing in 2020 for the state of Colorado. Many contractors, remodelers, and other professionals working in homes may not have heard about these cases yet. But, it’s becoming a pretty big deal across the state, and will likely result in changes to how we all do business. Namely, getting asbestos testing before remodeling work or demolition will become borderline mandatory in all cases, unless you want to risk massive fines. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is holding a stakeholder meeting in April of this year to (hopefully) solidify what is going to happen in Colorado moving forward.

Asbestos Abatement Problems In Colorado

If you haven’t heard yet, here’s basically what happened. A contractor in Colorado began demolition on parts of a homeowner’s property. No asbestos testing was performed. Prior to all this happening, Colorado had in place regulation 8. Regulation 8 stated that asbestos testing must be performed if there is thirty-two square feet of drywall removed from a home. This was regardless of the year of the home, or any other conditions.

Side note: thirty-two square feet isn’t much. Virtually any demolition or even remodel job requires an asbestos test, according to regulation 8. Many contractors and remodelers simply ignore this rule because asbestos testing isn’t inexpensive, takes time, and is burdensome.

The contractor in this case continued demolition despite lacking asbestos testing, and the demolition resulted in a massive asbestos spill. The state found out, got involved, and the whole process became a big point of contention. In court, the contractor claimed that though regulation 8 does require asbestos testing in the event of thirty-two square feet of drywall removal, asbestos abatement rules and regulations don’t specifically state that testing is a duty of the contractor. They claimed that the homeowner is responsible for their own home and should have paid for asbestos testing prior to demolition. Therefore, the contractor claimed, the asbestos spill was the homeowner’s fault and responsibility.

Rules And Regulations Reviews

Upon review of Colorado asbestos abatement rules and regulations, it was found that the law does not specifically state who is responsible for asbestos testing. The law simply states that asbestos testing must take place. Therefore, it was ruled that the contractor was not at fault in this case.

Our guess would be that as these asbestos abatement rules and regulations meetings continue, the state of Colorado will determine that it will in fact be the contractor’s responsibility moving forward to have asbestos testing done. Homeowners hire professionals for their expertise. Most homeowners have probably never heard of regulation 8. They’ve probably never been told that asbestos can be found in popcorn ceilings, joint compounds, adhesives, etc. And they probably don’t know the dangers of asbestos to their family’s health. Just like they don’t know how to do a remodeling project, homeowners rely on professionals to do things right. Therefore, we anticipate that this kind of defense on the part of the contractor in this recent case won’t hold up in the future. But…

Asbestos Abatement Rules And Regulations Infractions

These kinds of issues come up fairly often in Colorado. In 2018, an unlicensed contractor in Littleton, CO failed to perform an asbestos test during the remodel of a family’s home. The spill happened in their kitchen and spread throughout the entire home. As the family learned the dangers of asbestos, they (understandably) panicked. The state of Colorado got involved, and the news covered the whole story. This was an especially bad case since the contractor wasn’t licensed. Which is an entirely additional problem.

Here in Grand Junction, CO, there was a major asbestos spill in apartments off 28 Road. A building rehabilitation project began without asbestos testing. Likely, the contractor wasn’t aware of regulation 8. An anonymous complaint brought the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment onto the scene. A third party performed asbestos testing, and it was found that a major spill had occurred. Asbestos contained in the building’s demolished material had been released into the apartment building’s common areas. This also, of course, caused alarm in the Grand Junction community. Residents of the apartment building were forced to evacuate so asbestos abatement could be performed. And the building’s owners could face substantial fines.

Lack Of Concern For Asbestos Testing And Asbestos Abatement

Talking with general contractors all around Colorado we are often told that they don’t hardly ever have need for asbestos abatement or testing. We are told that asbestos testing companies often hear the same things from contractors around Colorado. It seems that there is a lot of misinformation around Colorado asbestos abatement rules and regulations. The feel we get from most contractors and remodelers is that asbestos abatement is no big deal. People have, after all, been working with asbestos for decades. Yes, there are health risks, they seem to reason, but the chances are just too low to take seriously.

However, the state of Colorado feels differently. Most people aren’t aware of the number of lawsuits that occur on a yearly basis because of mismanagement concerning asbestos. Because of the risks inherent to asbestos, Colorado even keeps a list of enforcement history and regulatory violations for asbestos. Asbestos may not seem like a big deal. All the way up until someone dies, or until a company gets hit with a lawsuit. Health and money seem to bring the importance of a thing to the forefront of peoples’ minds.

Asbestos Abatement in Grand Junction, CO

Our goal is to help the community of Grand Junction, CO, where we’re located. We want to be part of the community’s education on asbestos abatement rules and regulations. Asbestos is a serious matter. People’s lives are truly at stake when it comes to their long-term health and safety. It may seem like an easy or reasonable thing to neglect Colorado’s regulation 8. After all, skipping an asbestos test saves money in the short term. Asbestos testing isn’t really cheap, per se. However, the price of paying large fines should an asbestos spill occur is far more costly.

We believe that with Colorado’s new focus on asbestos rules and regulations the contractor will be held much more accountable for spills and lack of testing. It’s likely that fines will increase, and perhaps state oversight will also increase, helping to ensure that the residents of Colorado are safe.

Our advice is to pay attention to these upcoming stakeholder meetings. We will continue to provide you with updates to asbestos rules and regulations. But if you aren’t regularly testing drywall or popcorn ceiling prior to demolition and remodel, we suggest that you begin to get in the habit!

P.S. Get a free consultation from Encompass Environmental today!

 

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

The Importance of Asbestos Abatement Grand Junction

The Importance of Asbestos Abatement Grand Junction

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