Asbestos is a naturally occurring hydrated mineral silicate which is separated into commercially usable fibers, including chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite.
Asbestos is commonly found in residential and commercial building materials used before 2000 in items such as floor tiles, siding, insulation, pipe cement and joint compound.
Asbestos becomes hazardous when it is damaged releasing airborne fibers into the environment.
Asbestos Abatement can consist of removing, encapsulating, enclosing or repairing asbestos containing materials.
In accordance with the New York State Department of Labor - Code Rule 56; Asbestos Abatement & Disposal is to be completed by a licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractor.
BlueLine Disaster Solutions, Inc. is a NYS Licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractor providing Asbestos Removal & Abatement services in Utica, Rome & Syracuse NY.
If detected, asbestos should not be disturbed from its present state. The asbestos must be safely removed or encapsulated and disposed of in accordance with New York State Guidelines.
A licensed New York State asbestos abatement contractor should conduct the removal and disposal of the asbestos. Severe fines and penalties could incur if not properly removed and disposed of.
Do it Yourself methods are not encouraged. Homeowners that perform asbestos abatement themselves take a severe risk of exposing themselves and others to contamination.
As defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) a Lead Based Paint inspection is a surface-by-surface investigation to determine the presence or absence of Lead Based Paint. A licensed inspector will perform a visual check of the property identifying any lead-based paint hazards such as peeling, chipping, or flaking paint. Inspectors are also required examine settled dust samples on windowsills, doorways, and floors to see if they contain lead. This type of testing will determine the lead content of each type of surface that is sampled.
The testing requirements will vary based on sample surfaces but will align with protocols designed by HUD utilizing a portable X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer (XRF) device that takes non-invasive sample measurements. XRF is the preferred testing method of the HUD and its data is recognized as legally defensible.
The EPA's Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule is designed to protect the public from lead based paint hazards.
The RRP Rule requires workers to be certified and trained in the use of lead-safe work practices, and requires renovation, repair and painting firms to be EPA-certified.
Intact lead paint is not a hazard. However, exposure to elements, age, maintenance damages, wear & tear can create dust or chips that can be inhaled or ingested.
Lead can contaminate: air, soil, water, tools, toys, floors, counters, open drinks, food, ect. The Environmental Protection Agency requires certified personnel to conduct lead abatement on any housing or child occupied facility developed prior to 1978.