What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the name given to a naturally occurring group of minerals that have been commonly used in building materials due to their resistance to abrasion and stability at high temperatures. Just hearing the word asbestos tends to put people on edge as inhalation of the minerals is now known to cause cancer and other illnesses. However, the real danger of asbestos occurs when materials containing the minerals are damaged or disturbed.
Experiencing a disaster in your home due to fire, water, or mold is a prime example of circumstances under which asbestos can be disturbed. Asbestos can be found in drywall, drywall joint compound and texture, sheet vinyl flooring, VCT tile flooring, blown in insulation, and ceiling tiles.
ServiceMaster Is Here To Help
Removing materials that contain asbestos can be hazardous if not done correctly. When ServiceMaster encounters suspect materials while performing restoration services at your home or business we will have a small sample tested for asbestos before proceeding with removal. Results are usually available within 1-2 business days. If the sample comes back positive, we work closely with a trusted local asbestos abatement company that will see you through the asbestos removal process. Once abatement is completed, ServiceMaster will resume restoration services to get your property back to its preexisting condition as soon as possible.
Remember, it is not possible to tell whether a material contains asbestos just by looking at it. Disturbing questionable components or taking samples yourself is not recommended. Our experts at ServiceMaster know what to look for and will do our utmost to protect you and your family from asbestos exposure during the entire restoration process.