ServiceMaster Restoration by Century
Serving the San Antonio area since 2008
Asbestos and lead are a more common occurrence than one might think, especially for buildings constructed before the 1980s. Asbestos and lead are often discovered after the building has experienced damage and requires fire or water damage restoration. Abatement services are recommended once lead and asbestos are discovered because they are known to cause health problems like cancer and organ damage.
Our technicians will assess the amount of lead and asbestos on your property and form an affordable plan for quick removal. We can perform insulation, abatement, or scaffolding services on a project of any complication or size. ServiceMaster Restoration by Century offers asbestos and lead removal services to homes and buildings in San Antonio, TX.
Problems Caused by Lead
Lead emits particles that causes the body to absorb a large amount of lead and creates health problems. Bones, tissue, and blood absorb a high level of lead and stores it inside the body. High levels of lead can lead to lead poisoning, which has the following symptoms:
- Memory loss
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
Symptoms of lead poisoning are often attributed to something else, so lead poisoning is often overlooked. People who are frequently exposed to lead may experience heart disease, high blood pressure, anemia, infertility, kidney and brain disease, and even death.
Pregnant women need to be especially careful of lead exposure because it may harm their baby and cause a miscarriage or stillbirth. When children experience lead poisoning, their symptoms present at much lower levels, which means they are more affected by lead than adults.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), lead likely causes cancer.
Problems Caused by Asbestos
Asbestos is not always dangerous and, in fact, is present in most building materials like ceiling tiles, floor tiles, cabinet tops, and shingles. Asbestos is harmless unless the building materials are damaged, which will cause it to crumble and release toxic fibers into the air. Aging, water damage, and physical impact can all increase the risk of friable asbestos by damaging these materials.
The human body is unable to remove asbestos fibers once they have entered and lodged into the lungs or body. The asbestos fibers will remain there and likely cause damage to the body, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
The following factors determine how likely you are of developing an asbestos-related disease:
- Age: Children and the elderly are more likely to develop mesothelioma and other diseases because their immune systems are weaker than adults.
- Amount of exposure: There is no safe amount of exposure, but if you are frequently exposed to asbestos, you are more likely to develop health issues.
- Smoking habits: Cigarette smokers who are exposed to asbestos are much more likely to develop lung cancer than someone who doesn’t smoke.
To reduce your risk of developing a disease related to asbestos, be sure to minimize your exposure to asbestos.
The lead removal process needs to be performed by a professional and a homeowner should not attempt it themselves. In fact, the first step of the removal process is hiring a lead professional to inspect the damage on your property. This way, the lead inspector can determine the level of lead contamination and form a report detailing all important information.
Our technicians will use the report to determine how to best remove the lead from your property. The abatement process will begin once the course of action is decided and the process includes scraping, stripping, encapsulation, and replacing the lead paint.
Once the abatement removal process is finished, our inspector will perform a final assessment of the property to decide if it is clean enough to pass the inspection. If so, we will issue a letter of compliance to confirm the property is “lead-safe” and safe for occupancy.
The asbestos removal process needs to be performed by a professional because it is dangerous to be exposed to asbestos for any amount of time, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
All areas and materials affected by asbestos should be considered dangerous and avoided at all costs. An asbestos inspector will perform an assessment of the area for potential hazards and take samples of questionable material to analyze. If asbestos is discovered, our technicians will perform a complete removal or encapsulation, otherwise known as abatement.
The materials that contain asbestos will either be encapsulated or removed if the damage is too serious to be restored. Encapsulation is typically less expensive than removal, but the asbestos is only encapsulated under a coat of sealant and not removed from the area.
Our trained professionals have the certification and experience to remove asbestos and lead with our industry-approved techniques. We will protect your indoor property during the process and safely dispose of hazardous materials. Contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Century at (210) 319-7207 for our lead and removal services.