Learn More about Asbestos Abatement with These FAQs
Why should you worry about asbestos and why is remediation necessary?
Read the answers to ARA's frequently asked questions and see why you want to ensure that asbestos fibers are not floating through the air in your home or business.
If you feel that abatement measures are necessary, contact us for more information and for a FREE estimate. You'll get a reasonable rate and create a better environment for everyone!
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring silicate minerals long famed for their resistance to fire. Fibrous, thin, and strong, asbestos is mined and milled from native rock.
Chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, and actinolite fibers are the most common types of asbestos minerals. Of these varieties, only chrysotile, crocidolite, and amosite varieties are of industrial importance.
Characteristics like heat resistance, chemical inertness, insulating capacity, and flexibility coupled with the ability to be woven into a cloth-like material, once made asbestos suitable for use in many industrial applications.
How do I know if I have asbestos in my home (in floor tile, ceiling tile, shingles, siding, etc.)?
The only way to be sure whether a material contains asbestos is to have it tested by a qualified laboratory.
The EPA recommends testing suspect materials only if they are damaged (fraying, crumbling) or if you are planning a renovation that would disturb the suspect material. Otherwise, it is best to leave asbestos undisturbed.
Samples should be taken by a properly trained and accredited asbestos professional (inspector).
What are the health risks if I have asbestos in my home, building, apartment, or school?
Asbestos that is in good condition and is left undisturbed rarely presents a threat to your health or to those around you.
The risks from asbestos occur when it is damaged or disturbed. Once asbestos fibers become airborne, they can be inhaled and damage the lungs.
If you discover asbestos in your home or at another site, leaving it in place and maintaining it in good repair is often the best approach to take.
Learn More about Mold Removal with These FAQs
Questions about Mold Remediation and Mold Removal services in the Atlanta, Ga Area.
What is mold remediation?
Mold remediation is the process of removal and/or clean up of mold from an indoor environment, such as a home or a business.
If a home or a business has serious mold damage, it is best to hire mold remediation/removal professionals as specialized equipment and methods may be required to remove the mold completely.
Please call us at the number on the top of the page for mold remediation and removal services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What makes mold grow?
Mold enters your home as tiny spores. The spores need moisture to begin growing, digesting, and destroying. Molds can grow on almost any surface, including;
How does mold grow?
Mold requires nutrients, water, oxygen and favorable temperatures to grow. Nutrients for mold are present in dead organic material such as wood, paper or fabrics; mold can also derive nutrients from some synthetic products such as paints and adhesives. Mold requires moisture, although some mold species can obtain that moisture from moist air when the relative humidity is above 70%.
Many molds thrive at normal indoor temperatures; few if any molds are able to grow below 40 F or above 100 F. Outside this range molds may remain dormant or inactive; they may begin to grow again when the temperature is more favorable. Temperatures well above 100 F will kill mold and mold spores, but the exact temperature required to kill specific species is not well established.
How long does the mold removal process take?
The time it takes for the mold removal process depends on many factors such as how much mold is present, where the mold is growing (behind walls, etc.), and the materials it grows on. Most mold removal (remediation) takes anywhere from 1 day to 5 days.
If you have any questions about the mold removal (remediation process), please call us at the number at the top of the page.
How do I know when professional mold removal is complete?
There are two different ways to know when mold is removed.
Please also beware that there are different kinds of testers ranging from home inspectors to industrial hygienists. Please ask your independent tester if their tests, in writing, will stand up in court.
Remember that you need to have a pre-testing procedure (mold spore tests, etc.) , protocols (a list of how to remove the mold), and a clearance test after the mold removal to ensure that the mold spore count is at acceptable levels.
Do I need to hire a mold remediation/removal expert to remove mold, or can I do it myself?
Good question. Actually anyone can remove mold from a home or a business as long as they understand that when you disturb mold (clean it, cut it out, etc.), you will distribute the mold spores through out the house, creating new mold issues.
The only way to correctly remove the mold is to correctly build a containment using negative pressure and using the correct personal protective equipment. Hire an industrial hygienist to make sure that the mold is removed.
Our partners are certified in mold removal and mold remediation. Please call us at the phone number above for mold remediation/removal services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What about other companies that claim to test and remove mold?
Actually there are no problems in using a company that does both mold testing and mold removal and remediation.
But it can be a conflict of interest. It's best to hire someone to test and then hire a company to perform the removal/remediation.
Give us a call at the number above and we can assist you after you've tested for mold or if you have any general concerns.
Are you qualified to do professional mold remediation?
Our partners are certified through the Institute of Inspection For Cleaning And Restoration (IICRC).
For more information about mold removal, mold remediation, and other restoration services we provide, please call us at the number at the top of the page, 24/7 emergency service, or fill out our quote form.
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