Asbestos Testing and Abatement
FTR is renowned for Asbestos removal. Our company is considered an authority in the Boise area and we are licensed by the “Idaho Department of Health and Environment.”Every customer has a unique need that has to be met with a unique solution. We understand your needs like nobody else and offer you tailored solutions. Through our extensive experience in the Asbestos Business, we provide you the perfect solution for your needs. Contact us now at 208-362-2082 and rest assured, consider the job done! You can also fill out an online request form.
Our company works with leading contractors to provide you the best possible turnaround time. We offer round the clock service and specialize in services that require asbestos containing materials to be removed.
How To Identify Materials That Contain Asbestos?
If your property was built before 1978 there is a good chance that you have some type of Asbestos in your property. You can’t tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it, unless it is labeled. If in doubt, treat the material as if it contains asbestos or have it sampled and analyzed by a qualified professional. A professional should take samples for analysis, since a professional knows what to look for, and because there may be an increased health risk if fibers are released. In fact, if done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material alone. Taking samples yourself is not recommended. Material that is in good condition and will not be disturbed (by remodeling, for example) should be left alone. Only material that is damaged or will be disturbed should be sampled. (http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/ashome.html#identify)
Possible Types of Asbestos Containing Materials:
- Accoustic ceiling treatments
- Vinyl floor coverings
- VCT tile and mastic
- Roofing Materials
- Drywall, texture, and joint compound
- Glues and Adheasives
- Pipe insulation
- HVAC ducting sealants
Diseases caused by asbestos include:
A lung disease first found in naval shipyard workers, asbestosis is a scarring of the lung tissue from an acid produced by the body’s attempt to dissolve the fibers. The scarring may eventually become so severe that the lungs can no longer function. The latency period (the time it takes for the disease to develop) is often 10-20 years.
A cancer of the mesothelial lining of the lungs and the chest cavity, the peritoneum (abdominal cavity) or the pericardium (a sac surrounding the heart). It is believed that mesothelioma is caused by generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by the asbestos fibers. There is also some evidence to suggest that simian virus 40 (SV40) works together with asbestos in the development of malignant mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure is linked to at least 50% of patients developing malignant mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma has a peak incidence 35-45 years after asbestos exposure. Median survival for patients with malignant mesothelioma is 11 months. Asbestos has a synergistic effect with tobacco smoking in the causation of pleural mesothelioma.
Cancer of the larynx has been linked to asbestos. Some studies suggest that asbestos exposure is linked to a slightly increased risk of stomach, pharyngeal, and colorectal cancer.