Asbestos Removal

Burns Environmental Services offers a comprehensive range of asbestos removal services which enable our clients to meet their abatement and regulatory obligations in the most efficient and cost effective manner.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos was a commonly used mineral additive used in a number of products ranging from building materials to clothing. While the properties asbestos added to the products significantly improved products in various ways, it was discovered to also be a particularly dangerous carcinogen. This lead to its use being banned.

asbestos fibers

Where can asbestos be found?
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diagram of asbestos locations in the home

Asbestos can still be found in a number of places, such as:

  • HVAC ducting
  • Acoustic ceiling texture
  • Furnace insulation
  • Piping
  • Sprayed-on fireproofing
  • Floor and ceiling tiles
  • Mastic
  • Joint compound and plaster

In most cases, materials containing asbestos are fairly inert and won’t release the asbestos fibers into the air unless disturbed. Should a renovation become necessary or something disturbs the materials containing asbestos, it will probably need to be removed.

Asbestos removal may be warranted when asbestos contained material is in your home and flaking, or crumbling. Asbestos removal is necessary when homes used construction material in the 1970s, Asbestos is often found in duct and pipe insulation, attic, ceiling and wall tiles. We know that sounds scary, but it doesn’t have to be, if you have the material and its left undamaged, and in good condition, just leave it alone. Asbestos removal should happen when the product has diminished and become unsafe.

Most homes must disclose the presence of asbestos, you can do the testing and find out exactly where and if it needs to be removed. But keep in mind the presence when you do remodeling.

You can DIY Asbestos removal, but why would you want to. You may save a few dollars, but the risks and work that go into Asbestos removal are better left to the pros. Burns environmental is one of those pros.

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