What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber that was once commonly used in building materials. Inhaling airborne asbestos fibers can increase the risk of developing certain lung diseases including lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Asbestos is present in a wide variety of building materials. Any home or building owner may encounter an asbestos containing material (ACM) during the course of renovation, repair or demolition. Asbestos was included in thousands of construction products and still exist in nearly 80% of buildings and homes built prior to 1978.

State law requires homeowners to disclose the presence of asbestos in writing prior to the sale of a house. Commercial property owners are required to remove asbestos where exposed and/or poses a hazard. Asbestos must be removed prior to any tear down. The Federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act ( AHERA ) requires all public and nonpublic schools and secondary schools to complete an initial inspection for asbestos and a re-inspection of known and assumed asbestos at least once every three years in each building which is owned, leased, or otherwise used as a school building.

Containment and Removal of Asbestos

Assured Environmental Services Inc. specializes in the preparation, containment and removal of asbestos containing material (ACM). We are fully licensed, insured and have over 30 years of industry experience in the removal of asbestos containing materials. We have a work history that covers just about any size asbestos abatement job there is. From the elevator shafts in the World Trade Center to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson’s house on Main Street, our experience and knowledge is what Assured Environmental Services Inc. has to offer. We work together with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in adhering to the rules and regulation set forth by these governing agencies.

If you have any questions or concerns about asbestos in your home or work place, please feel free to give us a call at 610-304-4676.

These are some examples of Asbestos Containing Materials found in homes, buildings, and schools….

  • Cement Pipes
  • Cement Wallboard
  • Cement Siding
  • Asphalt Floor Tile
  • Vinyl Floor Tile
  • Vinyl Sheet Flooring
  • Flooring Backing
  • Construction Mastics (Floor Tile, Carpet, Ceiling Tile, etc.)
  • Acoustical Plaster
  • Decorative Plaster
  • Textured Paints/Coatings
  • Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels
  • Spray-applied Insulation
  • Blown-in Insulation
  • Fireproofing Materials
  • Taping Compounds (Thermal)
  • Elevator Brake Shoes
  • HVAC Duct Insulation
  • Boiler Insulation
  • Breaching Insulation
  • Flexible Fabric Ductwork Connections
  • Cooling Towers
  • Pipe Insulation (Corrugated Air-Cell, Block, etc.)
  • Heating and Electrical Ducts
  • Electrical Panel Partitions
  • Electrical Cloth
  • Electric Wiring Insulation
  • Chalkboards
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Roofing Felt
  • Base Flashing
  • Thermal Paper Products
  • Packing Materials (for Wall/Floor penetrations)
  • High-Temperature Gaskets
  • Laboratory Hoods/Tabletops
  • Laboratory Gloves
  • Fire Blankets
  • Fire Curtains
  • Elevator Equipment Panels
  • Fire Doors
  • Caulking/Putties/Sealants
  • Adhesives
  • Wallboard
  • Joint Compounds
  • Vinyl Wall Coverings
  • Spackling Compounds