How Do I Know If My House Has Asbestos

People ask us all the time, “How do I know if my house has asbestos?”. First things first, don’t panic. Asbestos is only harmful when it becomes airborne, or in our industry terms, when it is  “friable” asbestos. Asbestos in roof tiles, shingles, siding, floor tiles, insulation, around pipes and fireplaces, as well as boilers will not be harmful as long as the material isn’t disturbed.

How Do I Check For Asbestos In My Home?

Generally speaking, you can’t determine wether or not you have asbestos in your home by
visually inspecting it. The best way to find out if the material contains asbestos fibers is to have them tested by a lab. If you think that there is asbestos in your home, please get it tested. Give us a call at 480-568-8228 for a recommendation on an asbestos testing company.

What Do I Do If I Find Asbestos In My House?

It really depends on where the asbestos is found. If the asbestos is friable, that means that it can easily be crushed into a powder and become airborne, it is more of a serious threat. If the asbestos containing material is non-friable, or the material is bound to another material in a way that makes it difficult to become airborne, then it is less of a threat.
If the asbestos containing materials are in a good condition, and not in major traffic areas, then the need to get the asbestos removed may not be as urgent. But, if the ACM (asbestos
containing materials) are in a bad condition, friable, and in a heavy traffic area, we would
suggest getting it removed as soon as possible.
There are some situations where it may be better to encapsulate, or seal asbestos rather then remove it. For example, if there is simply a tear in insulation surrounding a pipe, and the surrounding insulation is in good shape, we can seal the tear with an encapsulant spray, a lag cloth, or bridging encapsulation.
While it is possible for a homeowner to remove their own asbestos, their are certain risks
involved. When you remove asbestos, the contaminated area needs to be sealed off, and
monitored for the safety of the workers, and the inhabitants of the building. Please give us a call at 480-568-8228 if we can help you remove asbestos from home.

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How Do I Know If My House Has Lead Paint

At Viking Specialty Contracting, people frequently ask us, “How do I know if my house has lead paint?” Below, we ask a question that will for the most part help you find your answer:

Was your house built prior to 1978?

You see, before 1978 contractors didn’t know that lead based paint was harmful. It was
available to purchase at any home goods store, and most people used it in their homes. It
wasn’t until 1978 that they discovered that the lead in the paint was leading to all sorts of issues with brain and nervous system damage, kidney damage, hyperactivity, slowed growth, etc.
Although most homes before 1978 had lead paint on the inside and outside of the home, not all homes before 1978 contain lead paint.

How Can I Tell If My House Has Lead Paint?

As a rule of thumb, the older your house is (1978 and before), the more likely it is that you
have lead based paint in your home. If the paint is in good condition, there shouldn’t be any
immediate risks for you or your family. If your paint is chipping, fading, cracking, or peeling, we
would recommend getting a lead inspection as soon as possible. Lead dust can become
airborne if agitated by sweeping, dusting, playing, and so on.

What Do I Do If My House Has Lead Paint?

If your house does test positive for lead paint, then you can prevent major exposure by doing
the following:
• Clean up any paint chips that you find.
• Keep any children’s play areas clean.
• Don’t let kids chew on painted surfaces.
• Clean dust of off painted surfaces using a warm wash rag or sponge, and wash hands
thoroughly afterwards.
• Don’t wear your shoes inside your house, as you can track in lead.
• If you are renting your home, tell your landlord (or lady) that there is a lead contamination.
To completely remove the risks associated with having lead in your home, you will need to hire a certified lead abatement contractor. VIking Specialty Contracting has been providing lead
abatement services in the valley for over 3 years, and can answer any questions you may have by calling 480-568-8228.

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