Asbestos in Orange County Homes

Asbestos in the Home

Orange County homes built before 1970 likely contain asbestos. Common places for asbestos to be found in homes is in floor tiles, insulation, siding, roof shingles, and flashing, ceiling tiles, and especially around heating sources. Boilers, heating ducts, hot water pipes, and fireplaces likely contain asbestos, and potentially more dangerous asbestos because those areas acquire dust. Asbestos, through the years, release fibers into the dust. Those fibers are what make asbestos such a health hazard. Asbestos needs to be analyzed before a plan of action can be made.

Anytime that asbestos is airborne it is a health hazard. Asbestos, by nature, is very tough and once it is inhaled into the lungs it cannot be destroyed or removed. The lungs are full of tiny hairs called alveoli which have the direct job of capturing oxygen and exchanging gases with red blood cells. Asbestos prevents that function from occurring, which is why the process of removing it is so regulated.

Harbor Environmental offers asbestos remediation and abatement services. They are licensed to handle hazardous waste materials and environmental abatement. If you suspect that your Orange County home has asbestos, and you need to have it removed, then call Harbor Environmental Group and let their professionals talk to you about how to check for asbestos, and what the steps are for asbestos remediation. Southern California is a prime area for asbestos as a lot of construction occurred in that area during the 1970’s. That means a lot of older homes throughout Southern California have asbestos in them.

To test for asbestos, requires a sample to be taken. Visually inspecting for asbestos does not work. Testing requires a microscope and knowledge of the structure of the element. Asbestos is complex, but it has a recognizable crystalline structure that can be identified under a special microscope. Even though there is asbestos in your home if it is not damaged and it is non-friable in nature then you may not want to remove it. Friable asbestos poses a far greater risk because it degrades easily and can become airborne quickly. Friable asbestos needs to be removed because it poses a health risk.

Harbor Environmental Group can help you by inspecting your home for asbestos, filing for permits, and then safely removing and decontaminating your home from asbestos. If you have questions about what to do, call Harbor Environmental Group and let their professionals provide you with all of the information you need. Harbor Environmental Group believes in sharing information. It is when the customer has all of the best information that they are able to make the best decision about how to proceed.