Asbestos is an extremely harmful carcinogen that was used extensively in building homes and commercial buildings before 1970. Exposure to asbestos over the course of many years has been known to cause lung cancer, digestive tract cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Since asbestos does not cause immediate allergies or skin problems, accurate testing is necessary to determine asbestos contamination. nygreen solutions offers complete asbestos testing, containment and removal to protect families and workers from dangerous side effects.
When asbestos containing materials are damaged or disturbed, fibers are released into the air. If inhaled these microscopic fibers become permanently lodged in the lungs. People who work in construction, insulation, shipyards or live in pre 1970 homes are most likely to be exposed to asbestos.
Testing the air or materials for asbestos is useful in identifying potential exposures and evaluating the effectiveness of proper asbestos removal and cleanup. Professional sampling is important because if done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material alone.
Most common forms of asbestos
- Sealing (encapsulation) involves treating the material with a sealant that either binds the asbestos fibers together or coats the material so fibers are not released. Pipe, furnace and boiler insulation are most commonly treated through sealing.
- Covering (enclosure) involves placing something over or around the material that contains asbestos to prevent release of fibers. Exposed insulated piping may be covered with a protective wrap or jacket.
- Removal involves the physical elimination of asbestos materials, this option is necessary for materials that have been disturbed and cannot be properly covered or sealed.