Asbestos Removal: Why You Need to Hire the Experts
Many people and contractors are more than capable of completing renovations and minor demolition jobs themselves, and sometimes choose to do so in order to save money. Unfortunately, where asbestos is concerned, this is not an option. There are many implications and regulations which must be adhered to, most of which are related to health and safety due to the hazardous issues asbestos can cause.
By choosing the services of a professional asbestos removal company like AES, the whole process can be simplified and controlled in safe and legal manner. Contact us today to learn more and for asbestos removal services in St. Louis, St. Charles, Columbia, and surrounding areas.
Asbestos Health Concerns
Although asbestos was once a very versatile material in the building industry, it has been shown that there are severe health concerns relating to it once it becomes damaged or starts to degrade. This is why asbestos removal is often a necessity for older buildings.
There are five main types of diseases related to exposure to asbestos fibers:
- Mesothelioma – At present, this form of cancer has no known cure and can take up to 50 years to develop. There is also a strong correlation between contracting it and exposure to asbestos.
- Asbestosis – This is the most common disease caused by asbestos. It is the body’s own inflammatory reaction to asbestos that causes a build-up of scar tissue inside the lungs. This build-up of scar tissue removes the natural elasticity the lungs have and makes it difficult to breathe. In some cases, asbestosis can take up to 20 years to develop.
- Lung Cancer – People exposed to asbestos have a much higher risk of developing lung cancer, and these risks are amplified if that person also smokes. Diagnosis and treatment for lung cancer caused by asbestos is the same treatment used for smokers.
- The remaining two diseases are Pleural Plaques and Diffuse Pleural Thickening, although not life threatening as the others, they can cause discomfort and are a good indicator, that person has been exposed to asbestos.
Regulations and Procedures for Asbestos Removal
Due to the health concerns related to asbestos exposure, there are strict regulations that must be followed for asbestos removal and disposal.
Not only should government offices be informed such as the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), there are other regulations, permits, and procedures that must be followed for removing asbestos. These control how the workers are protected during asbestos removal operations, how the asbestos dust is controlled from entering the atmosphere during work, and how the workers and worksite is decontaminated and left in a safe condition once work is complete.
These rules also dictate how the waste is sealed to prevent any leakage, and how and where the asbestos can be disposed of without causing any possible future threat to human safety.
Many of these regulations can also vary due to the type of asbestos found in your property, the amount of materials found, or a number of other factors. They can have a bearing on how the whole operation is controlled and reported.
Contact Us for Professional Asbestos Removal in Missouri
At AES, we have experts who know the fine details and all of the rules and regulations required for asbestos removal in Missouri. Our skilled employees are trained on how to minimize the disruption of asbestos removal at any work site and leaving it in a clean and safe condition. We are proud of our successful track record, and no matter what size of your property requires asbestos removal, we can help you meet all of the legal requirements. Our goal is to make sure that every asbestos removal project will be handled effectively and professionally.
To learn more information about asbestos removal, contact our professionals for a consultation. We proudly serve the St. Louis, St. Charles, and Columbia, Missouri areas.