Until it was banned in the early 1970s, asbestos was widely used for insulation on pipes, heating systems, floor tiles, linoleum, and shingles and vermiculite attic insulation. It was also used as an ingredient in window caulking, glazing, wall compounds, and roofing felts. Many buildings contain asbestos in one of its forms.
Any owner whose property contains asbestos should arrange a free estimate to find out if there is exposure to a potential health hazard or liability issue. This can be done by calling GCA Environmental, which has provided safe, cost-effective asbestos removal and other environmental services to Nevada property owners since 2007.
All work is performed by our own full-time employees, who are certified in the latest state-of-the-art removal methods. We are licensed, insured, and bonded, and all work is guaranteed to meet or exceed the strictest EPA and OSHA regulations.
Asbestos Removal in Nevada may be needed if you plan to remodel a home or replacing a heating appliance. It is a job only for specially trained professionals – and you have found the area’s most experienced right here. Asbestos Removal in Nevada may be needed if your home or office was built before the mid-1980’s. Even after its production was banned in the US in 1978, builders were allowed to use their remaining stock for years.
When Should You Consider Asbestos Abatement?
- Demolition – Before demolition begins, cities and counties are required to have an asbestos survey in Nevada as part of the permit application.
- Textured Popcorn Ceiling Removal – Many homes built before the mid 1980’s have textured ceilings, sometimes referred to as “popcorn ceilings”. Do not scrape them yourself! You will release disease causing asbestos fibers into the air. Call a licensed asbestos company.
- Asbestos Drywall Removal – A drywall system consists of drywall, joint compound and surface texture. The joint compound is applied over the tape seams between sheets of drywall. Joint Compound may contain asbestos. The texture spread over the entire drywall system, which may also contain asbestos, is considered a surfacing material. This surfacing material is considered pressure materials. Example of this material is asbestos containing floor tiles; roofing shingles; transite siding on side of houses; drywall with asbestos texture applied over.’]friable[/simple_tooltip], which is why it is regulated by NESHAPS, due to the potential of it becoming airborne when crumbled with hand pressure.
- Furnace Removal –many types of old heating systems are wrapped in asbestos. We have worked extensively with local plumbers and heating companies in Nevada to remove existing heating systems prior to home furnace updates. We follow NESHAPS guidelines for removal of old heating systems.
- Asbestos Exterior Shingle Removal –Homes built before 1980 in Nevada typically have exterior shingles. A licensed and certified asbestos company must remove these shingles.
- Vinyl Asbestos Tile Removal- 9 by 9-inch tiles and the mastic adhering it to the plywood in older homes, here in Nevada almost always contain asbestos and needs to be removed by a licensed and certified asbestos company.
- Asbestos Roof Removal- Prior to the mid 1980s many houses in Nevada were built with asbestos containing roofing tiles. We have worked extensively with many local roofing companies to remove asbestos shingles prior to new roof installation.
- Asbestos Pipe Insulation Removal – If you have discovered this asbestos pipe insulation while doing repair work, call us immediately. If it has been disturbed, we can remove and dispose of it safely according to local, federal and state regulations.
How We Do It?
We will inspect your property and identify areas that may contain the asbestos mineral. If age or past remodeling has damaged any materials, we will inspect them, test them, and give you a written asbestos abatement action plan. If you plan to renovate or alter plumbing, we will take precautions to keep you and your family safe.
We will arrange the necessary state inspections and take care of needed regulatory notifications/permits. We will handle the disposal of asbestos with care in a state-approved manner.
GCA Environmental performs all work in accordance with proper Federal, State and Local agencies and regulation guidelines.
Specific Work Practices Include:
- All necessary paperwork notifications/permits
- Isolation of the work area via sealing critical barriers
- All necessary precautions to minimize air quality levels within and around the work area (i.e thoroughly applying amended liquids, timely containing waste and proper worker hygiene/changing practices).
- Disposal at an EPA certified hazardous waste site.
- Independent air testing by a licensed asbestos consultant. Not to be confused by Industrial Hygienist!!
Trust Our Experience
Our company is licensed, certified and fully insured. We understand your concerns and will handle your asbestos issues with compassion, discretion and professionalism. GCA employees are professionally trained to handle any type of asbestos material and help determine the best course of action based on your specific needs. We have developed a reputation for being safe, honest, dependable, and cost-conscious asbestos abatement contractor in Nevada with exceptional credentials.
GCA Environmental works closely with asbestos consultants, adjuster and property owners to find solutions for asbestos/microbial and other hazardous environmental solutions. Our project managers remain hands-on throughout the entire project in order to achieve the goal of total client satisfaction and maintain overall control of our projects. Our projects range from small to large, difficult to simple. No project is ever the same and all projects and clients are treated as equally important.
24/7 Emergency Response Includes:
- 1-4-hour on-site response
- Assessment of problem
- Coordinating with Regulatory Agencies
Health Effects – How is asbestos harmful and dangerous
Asbestos is dangerous once it becomes airborne, which can easily happen once disturbed. Obvious situations such as repairs, renovations, demolition activities can cause the asbestos to become airborne. Less obvious situations such as water damage, sanding, an increase of foot traffic (ex. flooring) to some materials may also cause fibers to be released into the air.
When the microscopic fibers are inhaled (enters through lungs) or ingested (by way of digestive system), they become embedded in the tissues of the lungs and stomach lining. Exposure to asbestos can cause disabling or fatal diseases such as asbestosis, an emphysema-like condition; lung cancer and gastrointestinal cancer.
- Mesothelioma — This aggressive cancer forms in the thin membrane (mesothelium) that protects vital organs in the chest and abdomen. Exposure to asbestos is the only medically-verified cause of the disease.
- Lung Cancer — Most commonly associated with factors like smoking and radon, lung cancer is also known to be exacerbated by exposure to asbestos.
- Asbestosis — This degenerative respiratory condition results from the formation of scar tissue plaques on the surface of the pleura (lung linings). It can be a precursor to the onset of mesothelioma.
Millions of people have been exposed to asbestos due to its extensive use in domestic, commercial, and industrial products. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.