Environmental Resources Inc. provides quality and safe asbestos removal services in St. Louis, Missouri for a wide variety of commercial and industrial buildings. Our staff is trained, certified, licensed and experienced in any sized St. Louis area asbestos removal project. We have experience in the removal of asbestos containing materials such as: floor tile, mastic, ceiling tile, plaster, window caulk, Transite siding, drywall, linoleum, pipe insulation, duct wrap, duct tape among others.
Our attention to detail and superior customer service make us the best choice for any St. Louis asbestos removal project. Environmental Resources Inc. communicates thoroughly with our clients to discuss concerns and expectations for any sized project and strives to ensure that customers are always kept in the loop while work is in progress.
Dealing with the potential hazardous that asbestos can cause is not only disruptive of day to day living but can also be a serious health concern to those who may be exposed to it on a frequent basis. We pride ourselves in using the best and safest techniques for asbestos removal and disposal so that our St. Louis area customers are ensured a safe environment both during removal and after work has been completed.
Is Asbestos in your building?
Although asbestos may be present in many locations in your home, its mere presence does not necessarily pose a hazard. You should be aware of the locations of materials and equipment that could possibly contain asbestos in order to decide if and when action is appropriate.
Where Asbestos May Reside
Wall and closed-deck undersheeting, cement-asbestos-board (CAB) siding and panels, roofing felts, shingles, and even window putty may contain asbestos. In general these materials do not constitute a hazard if they are left in place and are undamaged. If these materials are damaged or are to be removed, drilled, sanded or cut they may release asbestos fibers.
Brakes and clutches often contain asbestos. As clutch facing, brake shoe, and brake pad materials wear down in normal use, asbestos-containing dust is created. Ideally, work on clutches and brakes should only be done by professionals where specialized vacuum and protective equipment is available. Home repair of clutches and brakes can be hazardous to both the mechanic and the rest of the household. Never blow on, use a vacuum cleaner, or use an air hose to clean these areas.
Loose fill (e.g. vermiculite), blown-in and batt insulation infrequently have been known to contain asbestos. These are generally not a hazard if left in place undisturbed. However, any remodeling or demolition which disturbs asbestos-containing material can create a hazard.
Sheet vinyl (including the backing or underlayment), vinyl tile, and tile adhesive may contain asbestos. If remodeling, sometimes it is best to cover over the old flooring. In no case should you grind down or sand the floor surfacing or the adhesive residue remaining on the floor.
Boilers, Heaters & Piping
- Furnaces & Boilers – Insulation blankets (outside covering), door gaskets, duct insulation, and tape at duct connections all may contain asbestos.
- Pipe Wrapping – Steam or hot water pipes, especially in older homes, may have asbestos in the covering insulation, particularly at elbows, tees and valves.
- Wood Stoves – Older model stoves may have asbestos in door gaskets and in the cement-asbestos-board (CAB) placed under and/or behind the stove.
Interior Surfaces: Walls & Ceilings
Wall surfaces of older homes may be constructed of asbestos-containing materials. If left undisturbed these would not create a hazard. Prior to 1978, asbestos was sometimes used in sprayed-on or troweled-on textured ceilings and walls. If the material is firmly attached and has a hard surface it is not hazardous. If the surface can produce powder or dust by hand pressure or as a result of water damage, it is advisable to seek professional advice before deciding what course of action to take.
Some older attached or suspended ceiling tiles contain asbestos. If they are not damaged by water and are not being cut, drilled, or sanded; they do not constitute a hazard.
Older lamp socket collars, electric boxes, liners for recessed lighting, and old fashioned wiring insulation has been found to contain asbestos; normal use of these items should not pose a hazard. Replacement products in these categories do not contain asbestos.
Oven & dishwasher (in cabinet) units were often wrapped in asbestos-containing insulation blankets or sheets until the mid-1970’s. Homeowners should not disturb these materials; they will not pose a hazard if left in place. Removal or repair should be done by professionals, and the materials or the entire unit should be discarded in an approved manner.
Portable dishwashers, toasters, clothes dryers, and slow cookers all have had parts made with asbestos-containing materials which could give off fibers when the appliance is being repaired or disassembled. The use of asbestos in these appliances is declining and newer purchases may have none. Consider discarding these items in an approved manner instead of repairing them.
Some older hair dryers and portable heaters may still be in use where the coil-wrapping and insulation contain asbestos; these dryers and heaters should be discarded.
Freezers and water heaters (in some older models) may have asbestos in the insulating blanket within the metal cover. It poses no hazard in normal use. When an appliance requires replacement, dispose of it without disassembling and discard it in an approved manner.
In rare cases, packaged cat box litter/deodorant has been known to contain some asbestos. Older gas-fired decorative fireplace logs and artificial ash may have a considerable amount of asbestos fibers and if disposed of should be handled in the same manner as other asbestos materials. Asbestos-containing gloves, stove-top trivets, and pads that are still being used should be discarded in an approved manner.
Showed up on time, did a great job then cleaned up the site before they left. Friendly and professional workers. Completed the job within the original timeframe estimated. I recommend them and would use them again in the future.
This business did an excellent job removing old vinyl flooring--it was a difficult job as the flooring was strongly adhered. All of the employees were friendly and professional as they spent two days in the basement. The cost was much more reasonable than I feared.
They were great, useful and answered questions.