Asbestos Inspection and Abatement

So, tell me about asbestos.

Before you schedule an asbestos inspection let’s ask the question, what is asbestos?  Asbestos is a naturally occurring fiber that was used to strengthen a variety of products. With its heat resistant properties, it worked as a great insulator.  Between 1930 and 1950, it was used in general home and building construction in roofs, pipes, and ceiling tiles.  Before 1981, it was used in black adhesive flooring, thermal insulating, and surfacing materials such as paints and sealants. Throughout the years, Asbestos testing has shown it was also used in talc powders, boiler seals and gaskets.  In the information below will give you a better understanding of whether you need asbestos removal at your location.

Wow, is it dangerous?

Exposure to asbestos can be deadly! Many diseases such as mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the chest and abdominal cavity, asbestosis, the scarring of lungs with fibrous tissue, and lung cancer can be contracted as a result. With asbestos testing, you determine the need for asbestos removal and greatly decrease the exposure to asbestos at your location.

Asbestos Inspection and Removal


I have been around for a long time.. You could say I have been “mummifed!”

While enclosed, unharmed asbestos containing materials do not usually pose a threat.

Disturbed material though, whether sawed or scraped off, releases microscopic asbestos fibers that are inhaled into the lungs.

How does Penoco test for asbestos?

After extracting a sample of the material thought to contain asbestos, Penoco sends the sample to an accredited lab for testing. Through transmission electron microscopy or polarized light microscopy, Asbestos testing will identify how much, if any, asbestos is present, along with what type of asbestos the material contains. If the material is composed of less than 1% asbestos, it is not hazardous by EPA standards so no further action is required. If the material is composed of more than 1% though, it is necessary to perform an asbestos removal and abatement.

How does Penoco remove asbestos?

The first step in the abatement process is to seal off the part of the building where the asbestos is being removed to prevent contaminating other areas of the building. The building is sealed off using polyethylene film and duct tape, while working to maintain negative air pressure throughout the room. Using various methods, Penoco can remove the asbestos through either scraping, glove bagging, or dry ice blasting.

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Call us today at 855-312-3642 for a free consultation.

If you are interested in an asbestos abatement or if you would like to learn more about the methods we use and which would best suite your needs, call Penoco today toll free at 855-312-3642. The friendly, knowledgeable Penoco team would love to answer your questions.