Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Nielsen Environmental is a speciality contractor that provides asbestos removal Los Angeles, CA residents and commercial businesses have relied on for decades. Asbestos removal and abatement must be properly done to be effective and safe. At Nielsen Environmental, we pride ourselves on our commitment to safety and to the highest standards of service.
If you’re looking for a trustworthy company that does asbestos removal in Los Angeles, CA, call Nielsen Environmental at 323-951-9722 and we’ll be happy to offer you a free consultation. If you suspect your home or office contains asbestos, don’t delay in contacting us. Your health and the health of those around you may be in jeopardy. One of our asbestos specialists will be happy to answer your questions. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive from our customers.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral. Because of its insulating and fire resistant properties, it was commonly used in construction. Asbestos was used in insulating and building materials for hundreds of years. Uses include insulating schools, homes, factories, and boats. It was also used to make parts for automobile clutches and brakes, shingles, floor and ceiling tiles, concrete, textiles to name a few. It was popular because the fibers in asbestos are strong, heat resistant, and it is not a conductor of electricity. A company that performs asbestos removal in Los Angeles, CA should be able to provide you a list of potential asbestos hazards. Common ones include:
- Insulation for pipes, spray on, and boiler wraps
- Floor and ceiling tile
- Electrical appliances
- Duct wrap
- Light reflector paper
- Caulks and glazing
- Soft and hard plaster
- Drywall joint compound
- Roofing materials
How was it discovered that asbestos was a health hazard?
Early in the 20th century, it became apparent that breathing in asbestos caused the lungs to become scarred. There was no control over how much asbestos people were exposed to and asbestos dust was everywhere. In the 1930s, England took steps to protect their workers from asbestos exposure by installing exhaust and ventilating systems. Unfortunately, many who worked in the shipbuilding industry during World War II were exposed to very large doses of asbestos.
The United States took measures in the second half of the 20th century to limit exposure and even enacted laws that prohibited the use of asbestos in construction materials.
Is asbestos dangerous?
When asbestos fibers are disrupted and become airborne, they may be inhaled. When they reach the lungs, the asbestos fibers lodge themselves in the tissue. Eventually, asbestos in the lungs can cause extremely serious and often fatal diseases such as:
- Lung cancer
How can I tell if my commercial building or home has asbestos?
Nielsen Environmental is certified to perform asbestos removal Los Angeles, CA customers have consistently relied on to make their homes and offices safe. Our skilled technicians may inspect your home or facility for the presence of asbestos. In some cases, the asbestos does not need to be removed. If it is deemed hazardous, our inspector may provide you with a detailed estimate of what it will cost to remove it.
How can I be exposed to asbestos?
Use of asbestos in homes was banned in the late 1970s. In 1989 the EPA banned all new uses of asbestos. Asbestos can still be found in older buildings. Asbestos needs to be professionally remediated if found as to not break down the fibers and create the dust that is so dangerous to inhale. This is where a trusted Los Angeles, California asbestos removal team from Nielsen Environmental can help. Common products that may have contained asbestos in the past include:
- Furnace ductwork
- Floor Tiles
- Cement board used around wood burning stoves and furnaces
- Door gaskets
- Decorative or soundproofing material
- Joint compound
- Textured paints
- Asbestos cement siding, shingles, and roofing
- Fireproof gloves, ironing board covers, some hairdryers
- Automobile clutch pieces, brake lining and pads
Disturbing items that contain asbestos can release the fibers and expose them to be inhaled. Even a small amount of exposure to asbestos can be very dangerous. The effects of asbestos exposure may not be felt until 30 years later. Asbestos can only be identified positively by someone trained to do so. Never try to remove asbestos yourself, it must be done by trained professionals.
Is there any other way I can be exposed to asbestos?
In addition to inhaling the dust fibers, you can also be exposed to asbestos by swallowing the fibers. This happens when you drink water or food that is contaminated because of water pipes that are made of asbestos cement.
You may also be exposed to really low levels of asbestos that are naturally occurring in the air because of eroding rocks that contain asbestos. In some areas, it can be found in the water supply and in the air.
In addition, if your family member works in an area where they are exposed to high levels of asbestos, the fibers can get into their clothing and you can become exposed by inhaling any fibers that may be on their clothes.
Under what circumstances should asbestos be removed?
Because asbestos is mainly dangerous when the fibers become airborne, if there is little to no chance that this will happen, it’s often left in place. However, in many cases it’s safest to remove it. As a Los Angeles asbestos removal company, one of our specialists from Nielsen Environmental may inspect your building and make a recommendation on what asbestos materials should be removed. Some of the most common circumstances for removal are:
- The asbestos is in poor condition or crumbling
- Prior to renovations
- Prior to total or partial demolition of the facility, room, or home
What does an asbestos abatement contractor do?
Nielsen Environmental can inspect, make recommendations, and perform asbestos removal or abatement. We are state-certified, trained, insured, and bonded to perform these specialized services. We are proud to have many satisfied customers for whom we have provided asbestos removal Los Angeles, CA professionals and homeowners trust.
For a free consultation and inspection of your home or facility, contact us at Nielsen Environmental today. Call us at 323-951-9722 to speak to us about asbestos removal Los Angeles, CA residents and businesses have relied on for years.
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