In the 20th century and earlier, many Fort Collins construction companies used a mineral called asbestos during building for several different surfaces. Strong, lightweight, and fire resistant, it was an ideal product for almost any part of a structure – or so everyone thought at the time. Research later revealed several health risks involved with the tiny asbestos fibers that come off worn surfaces. The Environmental Protection Agency issued a ban on the use of it in 1989, so newer homes in Fort Collins have no risk but any Fort Collins home built prior may have a hazardous amount of asbestos and will need an asbestos test and possibly an asbestos abatement or asbestos removal of multiple areas of their property.

Places Asbestos Can Be in a Building in Fort Collins

  • Insulation
  • Pipes
  • Ceiling, roof, or floor tiles
  • Board siding
  • Window putty
  • Air ducts
  • Paint
  • Electrical outlets and fuse boxes
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Dishwashers and clothing driers

Testing for Asbestos in Fort Collins to Ensure Health

How can something that is in so many parts of so many homes in Fort Collins be a hazard? The key is in the concentration of it. Most Fort Collins residents can handle trace amounts of asbestos and cycle it through their body unnoticed through respiration or coughing. Surfaces containing asbestos in your Fort Collins structure only pose a risk to human health when they are deteriorating or breaking and therefore release a heavy number of particles into the air. If you are unsure if this is the case in your Fort Collins home, call Cherry Inc. and have a technician perform asbestos testing on your property to find out if you have a health hazard on your hands. A high level of asbestos fibers in the air can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, or wet cough and lead to respiratory issues like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. For these reasons, it is important that Fort Collins residents and business owners test for asbestos in their space., and Cherry Inc. can help, and offer asbestos abatement or removal services if need be.

Asbestos Abatement vs. Asbestos Removal in Fort Collins

If an asbestos inspection shows you have a problem in your Fort Collins home or business, the next step after the asbestos testing is to form a plan of attack. Some instances of asbestos are fairly mild and may be able to be salvaged through asbestos abatement, which is essentially a deep cleaning of the area. Asbestos abatement starts with containment of the affected area as to prevent further spread from dust as we work at your Fort Collins property. Next, similar to the mold extraction process, we use HEPA filtration products to clear the air of toxic particles. Finally, we do a very detailed cleaning of all surfaces with disinfectants and vacuums to ensure that all hazards have been cleared. Asbestos removal takes it one step further and is for Fort Collins clients whose asbestos testing results showed that damage was severe. Cherry Inc.’s experienced technicians will remove any surface containing asbestos at toxic levels and ensure it is properly disposed of. We offer reconstructions services in Fort Collins to supplement the demolition necessary with some asbestos removal jobs.