Mohave Restoration is licensed in the state of Nevada to perform asbestos abatement in both commercial and residential structures. Whether dealing with a large scale remodel/demolition, or a residential asbestos abatement project, we can help.
Mohave Environmental has provided asbestos abatement for several large scale condo remodels, and numerous casino renovations. On a daily basis our fully licensed and trained technicians are working in homes throughout the Las Vegas area. Call us today to discuss getting a bid for your project.
What is asbestos and why do I need to be concerned about it?
Asbestos is a mineral that has been used in more than 3,000 different products over the last 100 years for its insulating, acoustical and fire protective properties. Where asbestos may be found:
- Attic and wall insulation produced containing vermiculite
- Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
- Roofing and siding shingles
- Textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings
- Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets
- Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
- Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation
- Heat-resistant fabrics
- Automobile clutches and brakes
Asbestos-containing materials are frequently encountered in a wide range of environments, including but not limited to, industrial and commercial facilities, schools and universities, and residential properties.
Once asbestos fibers become airborne (usually by disturbing the product in which they are contained), they are easily inhaled into the lungs. Once in the lungs, these needle-like fibers can penetrate the lung tissue and the lining that holds the lung in place (pleura). Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking. In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects.
Disease symptoms may take many years to develop following exposure.
Asbestos-related conditions can be difficult to identify. Healthcare providers usually identify the possibility of asbestos exposure and related health conditions like lung disease by taking a thorough medical history. This includes looking at the person’s medical, work, cultural and environmental history.
After a doctor suspects an asbestos-related health condition, he or she can use a number of tools to help make the actual diagnosis. Some of these tools are physical examination, chest x-ray and pulmonary function tests. Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist who treats diseases caused by asbestos.
Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are:
- lung cancer
- mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart
- asbestosis, a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs
How do I know if my home or facility contains asbestos?
The only way to know if your home or facility contains asbestos is to have it inspected by a State of Michigan accredited Asbestos Building Inspector. In fact, an asbestos inspection is required for all commercial / industrial buildings built before 1981.
Homeowners are not required to have their homes inspected for asbestos; however, if a contractor is hired for renovation work an asbestos inspection is necessary.
Unless the asbestos material is crumbling and in poor condition, it may safer to leave it alone as asbestos is only a health hazard if it becomes airborne. If the material is crumbling or deteriorating, or if you are going to renovate, retaining an asbestos removal contractor is recommended for homeowners, and is required for commercial / industrial buildings.
What should I expect from an asbestos abatement contractor?
Regulatory requirements vary based on the type of material, its condition, the quantity involved, and other factors. Most work involving friable asbestos is performed within containment or within a glovebag. We handle filing all permits through the EPA, OSHA, and the Southern Nevada Department of Air Quality Environmental Management, and the Southern Nevada Health District. We all also responsible for maintaining documentation relating to disposal, equipment functionality, and workers’ safety.
The DAQEM has developed a helpful document to assist buildings owners with their responsibilities. You can view it here