ABC Environmental Contracting Services, an asbestos removal company in St Louis, says that DIY asbestos removal is not something that’s ever recommended and in some threshold levels it’s not even legal under Missouri laws. This is because of the dangers involved in handling this naturally occurring silicate mineral fiber that saw widespread use in Missouri and other areas of the country for many decades before its adverse health impact became well-known. The company stated that asbestos cleanup and abatement is a job that not only takes special knowledge to complete but also requires state-of-the-art equipment and unique waste material handling skills to get it done safely.
“Missouri is one of the few states that under certain conditions allows individuals to remove asbestos-containing materials themselves but this is something that we steadfastly advised against even in cases where someone is doing something as simple as removing insulation around piping,” says Dan Benton, owner of ABC Environmental Contracting Services, “Even a small amount of asbestos exposure has the potential for long term health effects and can cause other undesired problems too. That’s why it’s so important to have an expert asbestos removal company like ours handle asbestos cleanup for you.”
Benton went on to say that the biggest health risk from handling asbestos comes with the fact that when asbestos-containing materials are moved, they can spread many microscopic asbestos particles into the air which can easily be breathed into the lungs. Once in the lungs, the body has the difficult if not nearly impossible task of getting rid of these particles. Known health risks from asbestos exposure include such serious illnesses as lung cancer, Asbestosis (scarring of the lungs), and Mesothelioma, which is harsh cancer that impacts the lining of the lungs and other areas of a person’s abdominal cavity. He says that many people are under the impression that there are very few pockets of asbestos left in buildings and other spaces because of the widespread cleanup efforts that were undertaken over the last several decades but unfortunately that’s not the case. It was used for so many different purposes it would be nearly impossible to eliminate all asbestos-containing materials from homes and commercial properties. The company owner gave as examples that asbestos saw widespread use in such common materials as cementitious siding and wallboard (called transite), asphalt and vinyl floor tile, textured paints, ceiling tiles and panels, fireproofing substances, blown-in insulation, HVAC duct insulation, and roofing shingles. He added that trained asbestos professionals like those at their asbestos removal St Louis company have no problem finding cases of asbestos-containing materials that still exist in many buildings and homes.
The company owner continued by saying that when they tackle large scale asbestos removal problems, they know how to take such necessary safety steps as first sealing off the entire area. He says this is especially important when large scale remodeling or demolition is being done. They also have access to breathing equipment and other specialty disposal materials that are required when removing asbestos. Benton says they also are very careful not to break asbestos-containing materials into smaller pieces when handling them and they transport the material from their asbestos removal jobs to an approved disposal facility. He pointed out that these are all asbestos removal steps that most individuals simply do not have the capacity, knowledge, or equipment to safely do on their own.
Customers that have used the asbestos services that the company provides have been very satisfied with their professionalism and the results they achieved. Sharon Wall wrote, “Everyone was so nice and professional. The job was done in a very timely manner. They even went out of their way to make sure the job was completed before I had to go out of town. I would recommend this company to anyone who needs to have asbestos removed.” Tanner Reid mentioned in his 5-star review, “This company did some asbestos removal for me and put all new flooring in my basement. They are a great company to work with. Went above and beyond for me. They finished ahead of schedule and my new flooring looks amazing. Would highly recommend this company for any home remodeling or asbestos removal.”
Those who feel they may need help from this asbestos removal St louis MO company can contact them by phone, email, or by filling out the form that’s found on the contact page of their website. Benton mentioned that in addition to asbestos removal his company does asbestos testing & inspections, mold removal, water damage restoration, fire damage cleanup, and other disaster recovery assistance measures.
SOURCE: Press Advantage [Link]
Dan Benton/Owner has been a Restoration manager with over 10 years on various projects as an independent contractor. He has an extensive background in the preparation and completion of cost estimates for both residential and commercial buildings.
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