Asbestos Testing & Removal

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Sunbelt Environmental Services offers asbestos testing and removal services to areas of Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and other states. Learn more about our asbestos testing and removal services below.

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Asbestos is commonly found in residential structures built prior to 1980. Typical materials that contain asbestos include floor tile, linoleum, popcorn ceilings, transite, heating systems insulation, ceiling tile, vermiculite insulation, and window caulking. This is only a partial list of materials that potentially contain asbestos, and present potential health risks if the materials are disturbed and asbestos fibers are inhaled. Protect your family and yourself – contact us to help identify and remove these materials.

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Inhalation of asbestos fibers has been shown to cause asbestosis (a progressive lung disease), lung cancer and other diseases. Asbestos was used in many commercial applications: asbestos-cement pipe and sheeting, floor and roofing felts, dry wall, floor tiles, spray on ceiling coatings, and packing materials, to name several. When buildings containing these materials are renovated or torn down, or when the materials themselves are disturbed, there is a risk of asbestos exposure. Contact us for guidance on how to manage the asbestos in your building(s), or for a quote to sample or remove asbestos. Our track record and reputation with clients and regulators is excellent.

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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of minerals that was utilized for its resistance to heat, electricity, and chemicals. Before the long-term health issues had been discovered, asbestos was considered a “miracle mineral” because of its versatility. According to the EPA, there are six types of asbestos minerals: chrysotile, amosite, tremolite, actinolite, crocidolite, and anthophyllite. The most common type of asbestos found in various materials is chrysotile, but the other types were also utilized in different materials. Each type of asbestos has slightly different chemical properties, all cause significant health issues and should be removed by a professional asbestos testing and removal service.

Common Places Asbestos is Found

Because of its versatile properties, asbestos soon found its way into a variety of different products in the mid-20th century, especially for commercial and industrial uses. Before 1980, asbestos was used to make various construction materials, automotive parts, and even some fabrics. Due to the fire and heat resistant properties, asbestos was also used in wall and attic insulation, roof shingles, and protective sheathes around hot water pipes. It could even be found in vinyl floor tiles and home siding.

The Dangers of Asbestos

Unfortunately, while asbestos had many useful properties, it is also highly toxic. The fibers are extremely small and fine. When the fibers get released into the air, they are then breathed in and embed themselves into the lung tissue. As the body cannot easily get rid of these fibers, asbestos exposure can cause a number of lung issues, including pleural mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. The asbestos fibers can also make their way to other organs and cause other damaging health issues. Asbestos exposure and asbestos-related illnesses account for about 10,000 deaths in the United States every year.

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Because all forms of asbestos are odorless, tasteless, and impossible to distinguish with the naked eye, the only way to ensure that your home or business is safe is to hire an asbestos testing and removal service. An asbestos testing and removal service is especially important before any sort of demolition or remodeling to make sure asbestos fibers don’t get released into the air.

Asbestos Testing and Removal by Sunbelt Environmental

If you are in the Midwest and have concerns about the presence of asbestos in your home or other building, Sunbelt Environmental Services can help. Our asbestos testing and removal services will ensure that your home is safe by creating a plan to safely and effectively handle any materials that may have asbestos. For more information on our asbestos testing and removal services and to schedule your appointment, contact Sunbelt Environmental Service toll-free at 1-800-333-5052 or locally at 417-831-5052.

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