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by Susana · April 10, 2014

Flood Cleanup:Asbestos

Natural Disasters can cause severe damage to buildings. Each natural disaster presents a particular set of circumstances by which asbestos fibers can be released and inhaled or ingested. Flooding can can not only cause property damage but can also bring other problems as well. Yesterday's AirTek blog we discussed the issue between flood cleanup and your indoor air quality. Today we will discuss how asbestos can be part of a flood cleanup. Asbestos Hazards due to flooding can become a very serious issue. When asbestos contained materials are disturbed, the asbestos fibers can break down into very tiny fibers. If these fibers are inhaled they can cause diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma. According to the asbestos.com website, a home damaged by flood waters can expose asbestos through damaged flooring, drywall and ceilings. Water can damage even the strongest structures, and once they invade a home or building they can break down asbestos into fine fibers. When the fibers dry out, they can become airborne and can be easily inhaled during cleanup. During a flood cleanup any material that was used to seal off the contaminated area and any material that was done to remove the asbestos must be disposed. Below are common places that asbestos can be found and when a flood occurs or there is water damage, these are the places that you should take pre-caution that can be found in your home and other public buildings:

  • Adhesives
  • Appliance components
  • Ceiling products
  • Cement board
  • Electricial insulation and panels
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Gardening products
  • Flooring
  • Paints
  • Roofing
  • Table pads
  • Wallboard
  • Insulation
  • Fireplace decorations

If your property has flood damage and you think that there might be material that contains asbestos, we advise to hire a certified licensed asbestos abatement contractor. The contractor will analyze whether the material contains asbestos. It is important to seek professional assistance if there is asbestos in your environment. Alliance Environmental is a licensed asbestos removal company with extensive experience in properly containing the asbestos, complete decontamination of the site, and lawful disposal of the contaminated materials.

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