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It is common for lead and asbestos to be present in buildings constructed before the 1980s and it is often only discovered after the building sustains damage and needs water or fire damage restoration. Once asbestos and lead are found, abatement services are recommended because they can cause health issues like organ damage and cancer.
Our professionals will perform an assessment of the property to determine the amount of asbestos and lead present. We can handle a project of any size or complication and perform scaffolding, abatement, or insulation services. RestorationMaster provides lead and asbestos removal services to homes and businesses in Round Rock, TX.
Problems Caused by Lead
Lead particles are dangerous to breathe because they get absorbed by the human body and create health issues. The lead gets absorbed by tissue, blood, and bones at a high level and is stored inside the body. High levels of lead can cause lead poisoning, which can be identified using the following symptoms:
- Memory loss
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
Lead poisoning is often overlooked because its symptoms can be easily attributed to something else. People who are frequently exposed to lead or lead-based paint may experience high blood pressure, infertility, anemia, heart damage, kidney and brain disease, and even death. The symptoms in children present much lower than in adults, so children are often more affected by lead.
Lead likely causes cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Problems Caused by Asbestos
Asbestos is present in many building materials like floor tiles, ceiling tiles, shingles, and cabinet tops. Asbestos is harmless until it begins to crumble and releases toxic fibers into the air. Damage to the building materials from age, water damage, and physical impact can all cause asbestos to crumble and increase the risk of friable asbestos.
Once asbestos fibers have entered the body and lodged into the lungs, it is impossible for the bod to remove them. The fibers will remain there and lead to illnesses, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.
To determine how likely you are of developing a disease because of asbestos, check the following factors:
- Amount of exposure: There is no safe amount of exposure to asbestos, but if you are frequently exposed, you are much more likely to develop health problems.
- Age: Seniors and children are more likely to develop an asbestos-related disease because their immune systems are weaker than their adult counterparts.
- Smoking habits: Cigarette smokers who experience exposure to asbestos are more likely to develop lung cancer or another disease than someone who doesn’t smoke.
It is important to minimize your exposure to asbestos to reduce your risk of developing an illness related to asbestos.
The lead removal process should be performed by a lead professional and not the homeowner because it is dangerous to be exposed to asbestos without the proper experience and equipment. The first step of the lead removal process is hiring a professional to inspect the damage in your building. The lead inspector will perform an assessment of the property to determine the level of lead contamination and create a report containing all relevant information.
Our technicians will determine the best way to remove lead-based on the information in the report. The abatement process begins once our professionals decide the course of action and the process involves stripping, scraping, encapsulation, and replacing lead and lead-based paint.
Once the lead removal process is complete, our lead inspector will assess the property a final time to decide if it is clean enough to pass the final inspection. If so, our inspector will issue a letter of compliance to confirm the building is “lead-safe” and it is safe for the residents to resume occupancy.
The asbestos removal process must be performed by a professional because it is dangerous for a homeowner to be exposed to asbestos without the proper equipment and experience, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
All materials and areas affected by asbestos should be avoided and considered dangerous. An asbestos inspector will assess the area for potential hazards and take samples of questionable materials for analysis. If found, our professionals will perform encapsulation, meaning abatement, or complete removal.
The materials containing asbestos will either be removed or encapsulated if the damage is too severe to be restored. Encapsulation is typically cheaper than removal, but the asbestos is encapsulated under a coat of sealant and not removed.