ServiceMaster Restoration by Century
Serving the Austin area since 2008
Buildings that were constructed before the 1980s may contain lead and asbestos, which are often discovered during water or fire damage restoration. Abatement is recommended at this point to prevent health effects like organ damage or cancer.
Our professionals will perform an assessment of the asbestos and lead present on your property. We will then create an affordable and well-timed plan for lead and asbestos removal. We can handle a project of any size or complication, even if your requirements include scaffolding, abatement, or insulation. ServiceMaster Restoration by Century provides lead and asbestos removal services to homes and businesses in Austin, TX.
Dangers of Lead
Breathing lead particles causes the body to absorb high levels of lead and creates health effects. Lead gets absorbed by blood, tissue, and bones and if a large amount of lead gets stored in our bodies, lead poisoning can occur. Lead poisoning can cause the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Memory loss
- Loss of appetite
Lead poisoning is often overlooked because the symptoms can be overlooked or attributed to something else. Frequent exposure to high levels of lead may cause anemia, heart disease, brain and kidney damage, high blood pressure, infertility, and even death.
Pregnant women who are exposed to lead introduce dangers to their baby and may have a stillbirth or miscarriage due to the exposure. Children are typically more affected by lead poisoning than adults because they show symptoms at much lower levels.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), lead is likely responsible for cancer.
Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos is most dangerous to breathe when it easily crumbles and releases fibers into the air. Building materials containing asbestos like shingles, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, and cabinet tops won’t release asbestos unless they are damaged because the asbestos will not release fibers unless disturbed. Physical impact, water damage, and aging can damage these materials and increase the risk of friable asbestos.
Once asbestos fibers have entered the body and lodged into body or lung issues, the body is unable to remove them. The fibers will remain there and may causes diseases in the body, primarily lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
The following factors determine your likelihood of developing a disease related to asbestos:
- Amount of exposure: The more you are exposed to asbestos, the more likely you are to develop health problems. There is no safe amount of exposure to mold, but people who are more frequently exposed are more at risk.
- Age: Children are more likely to develop mesothelioma because their immune systems are much weaker than their adult counterparts.
- Smoking habits: Cigarette smokers who have been exposed to asbestos are much more likely to develop lung cancer than someone who doesn’t smoke. You should quit smoking immediately if you work with or have been exposed to asbestos.
It is important to minimize your exposure to asbestos because you increase your risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.
The lead removal process should not be attempted by a homeowner and should instead be performed by a professional. In fact, hiring a lead professional is the first step to a successful lead removal. An inspector will arrive to perform an assessment of your home to determine the level of lead contamination. We may also create a report detailing the contamination of the property and other important information.
Our professionals will determine the best way to remove lead from the building based on the report. Once the course of action is decided, the abatement process will begin, often including stripping, scraping, encapsulation, and replacing the lead or lead-based paint.
Finally, the inspector will return to perform a final assessment after the removal process. We will determine whether the property is clean enough to pass the final inspection and if so, we will issue a letter of compliance. This means the building is “lead-safe” and it is safe for the residents to resume occupancy.
The asbestos removal process should also only be performed by a professional because any level of exposure to asbestos is dangerous, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
All materials and areas that contain asbestos should be avoided and considered dangerous. An inspector will assess the area for potential hazards and take samples of questionable material analysis. If asbestos is discovered, professionals will perform encapsulation or complete removal, otherwise known as abatement.
The materials affected by asbestos will either be encapsulated, meaning restored, or removed completely if the damage is too severe. Encapsulation is cheaper than removal, but the asbestos is not removed from the area, only encapsulated under a coat of sealant.
Our trained technicians have the experience and certification to remove lead and asbestos with industry-approved techniques. We will safely dispose of hazardous materials and protect the indoor environment of your property. Call ServiceMaster Restoration by Century at (512) 765-9630 for more information about our asbestos and lead removal services.