Homeowners have access to a lot of reference materials about asbestos products and may be familiar with asbestos. It is the contractor’s responsibility to protect their workers safety and to know whether any materials on a site are asbestos containing. Before any building materials are disturbed, call GES to perform a limited Asbestos Containing Building Materials Survey. Any building build before 1986 is likely to have one or more asbestos containing building materials located within the building. The most common suspect materials include plaster and drywall joint compound, ceiling texture, ceiling tiles, flooring, duct insulation, pipe insulation, vermiculite and cement siding. The fines and penalties for removing asbestos materials without being a licensed contractor can range from large monetary fines to Federal prison.
Many types of flooring contain asbestos, most commonly 9”x9” tile but, did you know that some 12”x12” tiles also contain asbestos? In addition to these, black mastic (glue) also can contain asbestos as well as sheet flooring or linoleum. Contact GES to test all layers of flooring prior to removal of old flooring.