What is Asbestos Abatement ?

Asbestos abatement in NYC and NY state was used for everything from fire and soundproofing, to insulating your home. It was commonly used in siding and roofing products, heating and air conditioning ducts, hot water storage tanks, hot/steam pipe insulation, vent piping, stucco, and plaster. Asbestos abatement is the process of eliminating traces of asbestos. 

Why is it harmful?

  1. Asbestos fibers can have serious effects on your health if inhaled. We now know that under certain circumstances exposure to asbestos can cause cancer and other very serious respiratory diseases and health conditions.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in construction and manufacturing for its heat-resistant and insulating properties. However, it has been recognized as a highly hazardous substance due to its potential health risks. Here are the reasons why asbestos is harmful and why its removal must be handled by professionals:

  1. Respiratory Health Risks:

  • Asbestos fibers are microscopic and can become airborne when materials containing asbestos are disturbed or damaged. Inhaling these fibers can lead to serious respiratory health problems.
  • Prolonged exposure to asbestos can cause lung diseases such as asbestosis, a chronic and progressive lung condition that can lead to difficulty breathing and reduced lung function.
  • The most severe health risk associated with asbestos exposure is the development of various forms of cancer, including lung cancer, mesothelioma (a rare cancer affecting the lining of the chest and abdomen), and cancers of the larynx and esophagus.Asbestos-Related Diseases:
  • Asbestos-related diseases often have a long latency period, meaning symptoms may not appear until many years after exposure. This makes early detection and prevention crucial.
  • These diseases can be life-threatening and are often difficult to treat effectively, particularly in advanced stages.

How can we help you?

  1. We understand the hazardous nature of asbestos and have asbestos contractors who are licensed professionals and can and will help you remove asbestos. It is vital to your health and safety.

Handling and Disturbance Risks:

  • Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) can be found in various building components, including insulation, ceiling tiles, flooring, roofing, and pipes. When these materials deteriorate or are disturbed during renovation or demolition, they release asbestos fibers into the air.

  • DIY asbestos removal or untrained handling of ACMs can lead to fiber release and pose significant health risks to individuals in the vicinity.

  1. Safety Expertise: Certified asbestos removal professionals have the necessary training and experience to safely handle asbestos-containing materials. They know how to minimize the risk of fiber release during removal.

  2. Proper Equipment: Professionals use specialized equipment and protective gear to prevent exposure to asbestos fibers. This includes wearing respiratory protection, disposable coveralls, and gloves, as well as using HEPA-filtered vacuums and wetting agents to control dust.

  3. Containment and Disposal: Professionals are skilled in setting up proper containment areas to isolate the work area and prevent asbestos fibers from spreading. They also have access to approved disposal facilities for the safe disposal of asbestos waste.

  4. Legal Compliance: Certified asbestos removal contractors are familiar with local regulations and ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with legal requirements, protecting both the environment and public health.


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GTM Contracting Inc. can also perform asbestos removal on virtually any material as mentioned above and more. GTM Contracting Inc. understands the hazardous potential of abatement asbestos removal and ensures safe, contained and regulated asbestos clean-up services across the five boroughs. At GTM Contracting Inc. we ensure that all your New York City properties are in compliance with federal, state, and city regulations!