Ceiling tiles are designed to be lightweight, and the purposes that they serve are numerous. Some of the reasons why ceiling tiles might be used in a building include for the purpose of insulation, for protection from fire, for decoration and also for sound absorption. Between the second World War and the 1970s, asbestos ceiling tiles were especially popular, and were widely used for the purpose of developing construction materials that were not only insulating but also heat resistant. While asbestos use in construction is not currently legally banned in the United States, it is no longer used in construction because of health concerns and the associated liability issues. Asbestos ceiling tiles are still in heavy use around the United States, found in thousands of buildings including schools and residences, making asbestos ceiling removal services vitally important to our health and well being.
Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber that has been primarily used for the purpose of creating construction materials that promote resistance to heat. After a number of health studies were conducted that showed that asbestos was hazardous to the health of the human respiratory system, its primary uses in construction as well as construction materials were phased out. Studies have shown that people who are exposed to an elevated level of asbestos through materials such as asbestos ceiling tiles can develop mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis as a result of the fibroid tissues becoming inhaled and can scar the lungs, causing issues with breathing or simply difficulty breathing. All of these diseases come as a direct result of inhaling the asbestos containing products once they become damaged. When the asbestos fibers are inhaled, they accumulate within the lungs and are incapable of being broken down by the body. There is no amount of asbestos in the body that can be considered safe.
The type of asbestos that is normally found within ceiling tiles is known as Amosite, and it is chosen for the fire retardant properties that it has. There is another popular form of asbestos found within ceiling tiles, which is known as Chrysotile. Asbestos is not capable of being visually identified, so when dealing with ceiling tiles that were installed before the year 1981, it would be wise to call for an asbestos removal service that can help to determine whether or not asbestos fibers are present. Homeowners should not remove asbestos ceiling tiles themselves, but rather should work with a asbestos removal company that can replace the ceiling tiles without causing harm or damage in the process.
Working with a asbestos removal company is vitally important for the health of the home owner and their family. The people who work for asbestos removal companies are trained in the art of safely removing asbestos fibers from the home. Working with an expert is the safest way to stay protected when asbestos is involved.
- Proper containment and removal
- Thorough site decontamination
- Lawful disposal
- If asbestos needs to be tested, we will refer you to a list of certified labs