Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring silicate compound minerals that exist as bundles of fibers. These fibers are usually separated into thin threads that are highly fire and heat resistant and good insulators. Asbestos abatement refers to the removal of said fibers. CVE specializes in asbestos removal and asbestos abatement in the city of San Francisco and its surrounding areas.
The use of asbestos in buildings and homes was extensive from the 1930s until it was banned in the 1970s due to the high health risks associated with asbestos fibers. This means that old buildings that were constructed at this time still contain asbestos cement sheeting, roofing, guttering and flexible building boards. Although bonded and undisturbed asbestos fibers in good condition pose little or no health risks, the problem comes when these fibers become loose and go airborne, exposing people to concentrated amounts of these fibers.
Breathing in tiny asbestos fibers at home, in the workplace or in the community traps them in the lungs for long periods of time. This leads to the development of lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma depending on the amounts of inhaled asbestos fibers.
If you happen to live in a house with asbestos, it is important not to disturb any asbestos that is in good condition. Otherwise, any disturbed asbestos material should be repaired or removed. Repairs can be done by covering or sealing the material to prevent the release of fibers into the air; but if the material is beyond repair, the only way out is to remove it.
The removal of asbestos from homes and buildings during demolition and deconstruction is complex and poses the greatest health risks. This is why there are federal regulations that govern the removal of asbestos. Asbestos removal companies like CVE which are licensed contractors with special training, experience and understanding of asbestos removal requirements are needed for a thorough asbestos abatement in San Francisco.