Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil. Because of its fiber strength and heat resistance asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire retardant. Asbestos has also been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings.
Due to its known health risks, asbestos-containing materials (ACM) have largely been phased out of construction materials since the 1970s. However, buildings constructed after this phase-out have been known to contain ACMs. Therefore, an asbestos survey is recommended as part of an initial investigation of a property and prior to any construction/demolition activities at a property.
GCE provides services from a visual survey, initial sampling of suspect ACMs, and preparing ACP-5 forms to planning and abatement with licensed professionals to your every asbestos related needs.