Asbestos Removal

We have removed asbestos-containing materials for 24 years with knowledge and dedication to providing the most professional work ethics in the industry with competitive pricing. We show up on time and get the job done with no hassle to you. We’ve completed thousands of jobs with truly satisfied customers in the Phoenix-Metropolitan area and around Arizona.

Asbestos Removal

Our contractors license AZ ROC #133952, and insurance covers all types of asbestos materials. The table below lists some of those asbestos materials we remove.

Asbestos Floor Tile and Mastic

One of the most common uses for asbestos in building products is in flooring materials like vinyl floor tile, linoleum, and the mastic glues used to adhere these flooring materials to the concrete or wood surface. Most all 9″ x 9″ floor tiles contain asbestos. It’s important to understand that the use of asbestos in the US has only been banned in a few products, namely, auto brake pads and linings, and thermal system insulation (TSI) typically the insulation around pipes. In other words, just because a home or building was built recently, it does not mean it doesn’t contain asbestos, it may! Flooring products containing asbestos are still imported from Canada and China and could be used in new construction.

The only way to determine if your floor tile or flooring product contains asbestos is by analytic methods using special microscopes. There are several laboratories in most cities, you can find them on the internet and still in phone books.

Home Depot | Lowes | Sears

You may be buying new flooring from Home Depot, Lowes, Sears, or others, and at some time in the process, they may stop the installation or may not have begun at all because asbestos may be present in your current flooring material or the mastics used to adhere them to the concrete. They will require that the flooring is tested for asbestos, and if there is asbestos they will not continue until you have hired a licensed contractor to properly remove these hazards to their installers. Home Depot, Lowes, and Sears will not remove asbestos materials. They will require a written assurance from the contractor that the asbestos materials were removed in accordance with all regulations and that the area is now free of asbestos. If you are planning to install new flooring, keep your project on schedule by testing those materials and getting them removed prior to your installer arriving, and leaving until the asbestos is removed.

The cost to remove asbestos flooring materials varies based on the following factors:

  • What type of flooring is it?
    • Floor Tile (12″ x 12″ and 9″ x 9″)
    • Sheet Flooring (Linoleum)
  • What type of adhesive was used?
    • Black mastic
    • Carpet glue
    • Epoxy’s or other adhesives
  • Is it a large open area like a Home Depot or an area with many small rooms like a home?
  • Is the flooring on concrete or wood?
  • Does the flooring go under cabinets or other structures?
  • Will all items on the floor be removed prior to the removal?
  • Is power and water available at the site?
  • Can a hazardous waste dumpster be placed close to the home or building?
  • Is scheduling flexible?
  • Will work need to be performed after hours, on weekends or holidays?
  • Where is the work located in the State?

Other factors may affect the cost based on your needs. Call us and we will work with you to meet your needs and your budget.
American Abatement has removed asbestos flooring materials in:

  • Commercial Buildings
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Homes
  • Apartments
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Hospitals

Call us today for a free estimate to remove floor tile, mastic, or linoleum.

Asbestos Popcorn Ceilings

One of the most common ceiling textures in homes and commercial buildings was the infamous asbestos popcorn texture. It was used because of its superior fireproofing characteristics, and it was easy to install, and it hid any drywall imperfections. Today, most people agree it is unattractive.

American Abatement can quickly and safely remove the asbestos popcorn texture. We use state-of-the-art methods and equipment to eliminate the possibility of contaminating your building or home during the removal process, including:

  • HEPA Filtered Negative Air Machines
  • HEPA Filtered Vacuums
  • Protection of all surfaces with poly sheeting
  • Fiber control through wet methods of removing popcorn

The cost for asbestos popcorn ceiling removal can vary due to the following:

  • Is the area open like a department store or closed like a home with many rooms?
  • Has the popcorn been painted?
  • Will all the furniture and personal items be removed?
  • How tall are the ceilings?
  • Are the ceilings flat or vaulted?
  • How flexible is your time frame?
  • Will work need to be performed after hours, on weekends or holidays?
  • Where is the work located in the State?

Asbestos Drywall

Some drywall was manufactured that contains asbestos. In fact, drywall is still imported into the US from places like Canada and China that still contain asbestos. A more commonplace for asbestos is in the textured coatings placed on the drywall. Another place used is the drywall system is the joint compound used over the joints between sheets of drywall and over the tape. The texture is considered a surfacing material and its removal is regulated as RACM by NESHAP in commercial buildings, including K-12 schools.

Asbestos Roofing

Over the years roofing product manufacturers have improved their products to provide for better weather protection and insulating properties. But in many cases asbestos has been retained in the products manufactured because of its superior characteristics. Asphalt roofing shingles contained asbestos for many years, but most shingles used today are asbestos free. In addition to shingles, rolled roofing also commonly contained asbestos. The black felt papers that separated the wood or metal sub-straight from the bottom layers of roofing commonly contain asbestos.

For 24 years American Abatement has been removing asbestos roofing materials from:

Schools
Hospitals
Homes
Apartments
Hotels
Banks
Government Buildings
Churches
Military Installations

Asbestos Cement Pipe (ACP)

Most public works departments that provide water service used asbestos cement pipe (ACP) to transport water underground to your home or business. As road improvements are made this asbestos cement pipe is being replaced with other products. We have worked with General Contractors and Infrastructure Contractors to remove miles of asbestos cement pipe.

We provide solutions that are:

  • Dependable
  • Fast Response
  • Low Cost
  • Fixed Price Proposals
  • Experience & Knowledge

Asbestos Thermal System Insulation (TSI)

The EPA has banned the use of asbestos in all thermal insulation applications. This includes pipes and boilers. However, there are thousands of hospital facilities, commercial buildings, high-rise structures, and many other structures that still have asbestos TSI in place.

American Abatement has removed TSI from many commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, and many other structures for 24 years.

Call us today! We will help you find a practical, cost-effective program to remove your TSI.

Asbestos Window and Door Caulking

It’s hard to believe, but asbestos was also used in window and door caulkings and sealants. It was used around window frames as well as between window panes. In schools, hospitals, and other public buildings the doors may be filled with asbestos, commonly called “fire-doors”.

American Abatement has removed asbestos window and door caulking from many schools and hospitals in Phoenix and around Arizona for 24 years.

Call us. We provide:

  • Great Savings
  • Fast Response
  • Clean, Quiet and Considerate

Asbestos Linoleum

Linoleum, sheet goods, or sheet vinyl are all the same products. Linoleum is like Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT), the 12” by 12” or 9” by 9” tiles seen commonly in schools, hospitals, and public buildings. Many buildings and homes built before 1980 used asbestos linoleum. The big difference between VCT and linoleum is that linoleum uses asbestos backing paper that contains asbestos, it is typically gray. This backing paper when disturbed becomes friable, which means that fibers can easily be released into the air and become a health hazard. The removal of asbestos linoleum in commercial buildings triggers the EPA NESHAP regulations.

We have removed hundreds of thousands of square feet of asbestos linoleum in a safe manner.

Asbestos Duct Tape

We can help remove asbestos duct tape from commercial buildings and homes. Typically duct tape is in the attic space on HVAC ductwork, and in mechanical rooms where HVAC systems are located. Asbestos duct tape will become friable when disturbed and create a health hazard.

Asbestos Fireproofing

American Abatement has removed asbestos fireproofing over the past 24 years from many large commercial buildings built with steel which require a good fireproofing system, and asbestos just happened to fit that need. We have removed asbestos fireproofing from hospitals, high-rise office buildings, and industrial facilities.

1’ x 1’ Ceiling Tiles and Mastic

Ceiling tiles are often glued to drywall ceilings. The tile itself may contain asbestos, or the puck mastic (brown or black 2” to 3” round pucks) used to adhere the tile to the drywall. In some cases, the asbestos pucks can be removed with minimal damage to the drywall, so that a new ceiling system can be installed. American Abatement has removed tens of thousands of square feet of these ceiling tiles.

Asbestos Plaster

Plaster walls may contain asbestos. It may be in any layer of the plaster system, the scratch coat, brown coat, or white coat. The only way to determine if asbestos is in any coat is by analytical testing. We can remove the white or topcoat without damage to the other coats. We can also remove the entire plaster system including the metal lathe. We have removed plaster in many structures from commercial building, apartment complexes to homes.

Exterior Asbestos Stucco

Asbestos stucco has been used as an exterior surface for walls for many years. In most cases it is left place because it typically won’t cause a health hazard if not disturbed, and it really is a good exterior protection material. But when a structure or a wall surface is to be demolished, the asbestos plaster must be removed by a licensed abatement contractor. We have removed exterior asbestos plaster form many buildings. In most cases this will require scaffolding that is enveloped in poly sheeting to create a safe containment. We have removed stucco on 10 story buildings.

Asbestos Flue Pipe

Flue pipe can be found in any older building where there is a water heater or furnace. The pipe is an exhaust pipe to remove hot gases from the building. In homes, it goes up through the attic space, and through the roof with a vent cap. This is usually very quick to remove. There is a joint in the attic, which is removed, the pipe is then pulled up through the roof, and pulled down through the attic into the laundry room or other room in the home. It is removed in a non-disturbance method to prevent asbestos fiber releases. We remove nearly a hundred of these each year for 24 years.

Asbestos Boilers

Boilers are typically found in large buildings mechanical rooms. They can be very large, placed in the building by cranes prior to the roof being installed. The boiler is wrapped in an asbestos blanket, which is very friable and when disturbed will create a hazardous condition. There may also be asbestos fire brick on the interior of the boiler. We have removed many boilers that contained asbestos.

Asbestos Cove Base Mastic

Almost all schools, churches, commercial buildings, and government facilities built before 1980 used a mastic to attach the cove base to the wall with asbestos containing mastic. Very seldom is the cove base itself asbestos material. In fact, in our 25 years, we have only seen it twice. Cove base attached to drywall is fairly easy to remove, but when installed on brick walls, which is common, it is very difficult to remove. American Abatement has removed thousands of linear feet from both drywall and brick.

Asbestos Mirror Mastic

Asbestos is not only a good insulator but is a strong binder in glues and mastics. Large mirrors can be heavy and dangerous if they fall off a wall or ceiling, for this reason asbestos puck mastic (the brown or black) round 2″ to 3″ pucks were used to safely secure mirrors. We have removed many mirrors, in one case we removed them from a 20-foot-tall wall in a hotel lobby.

Asbestos Gaskets

These gaskets are found as connection sealers between large water and steam pipes, found in large buildings mechanical rooms. We have removed these in industrial facilities and hospital mechanical rooms.

Asbestos Transite Siding and Panels

Transite is a name commonly given to asbestos concrete products. Many buildings and homes built prior to the 60’s used asbestos transite shingles and siding. It’s use on residential homes tends to be more common in the northeast, although it has been widely used in every state. Another use of transite panels is to place them in the lower frame of windows in schools and other public buildings. These panels are also used in large cooling towers of commercial and industrial facilities.

American Abatement has removed these asbestos transite products on many projects for a variety of customers, including homeowners throughout the State of Arizona.

Vermiculite

Vermiculite is an insulation product. It was used for attic insulation and filled in the open cells of CMU block walls as insulation, we see this in exterior CMU black walls in schools and other buildings. Vermiculite was manufactured by several companies. It is very light, brown in color with gold specks. One manufacturer, W.R. Grace formally The Zonolite Company mined vermiculite in Libby Montana. All the vermiculite mined in Libby contained asbestos.

In most products, asbestos can be identified, and the percentage can be determined, the EPA regulates asbestos containing materials equal to or greater than 1%. OSHA regulates all asbestos at any percentage. Vermiculite from the Libby mine can not be analytically tested for various reasons. Because it can not be tested for the accurate percentage, the EPA has decided that vermiculite with any asbestos content will be considered asbestos containing materials and handled as regulated asbestos.

In any case, OSHA regulates vermiculite with any percentage of asbestos. So, worker protection regulation always applies.

What is Asbestos

Asbestos causes cancer. Asbestos was used in building products, and actually, is still used to this day. Although must less. Only Thermal System Insulation (TSI) and automotive brake shoes have been officially banned for manufacture or import. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber found in certain types of rock formations in many locations throughout the world. Asbestos can take the form of long, thin, separable fibers. Most asbestos used in the U.S. was imported from mines in Canada, China, and Africa. A smaller amount of asbestos was mined from locations in the U.S.

When milled for various applications asbestos is a very small fiber, about 5 microns, they can not be seen by the naked eye. The small fiber looking objects you may see when you tear a piece of linoleum paper backing are not asbestos fibers, they are supporting binders, those supporting binders you see are like the size of a 10 foot diameter red wood tree, the asbestos fibers inside the supporting binder would be the size of a needle. Clearly not visible. Asbestos can only be positively identified with a microscope, specific preparation techniques and training in identifying asbestos fibers from other fibers that look similar.

There are two major groups of asbestos:

Amphibole AsbestosSerpentine Asbestos
TremoliteChrysotile
Amosite 
Crocidolite 
Actinolite 
Anthophyllite 

The major difference between serpentine and amphiboles is related to their chemical composition, acid-resistant properties, and their effects on human health.

Chrysotile asbestos does not persist in the lungs after inhalation; it is quickly eliminated by the body. Prolonged exposure to high concentrations of chrysotile fibers is required for the clinical manifestation of pulmonary damage to appear. In the past, such high exposures were frequent; it is no longer the case today. Today, chrysotile is the only asbestos fiber commercialized, and still imported into the US. A trip to your local hardware store will demonstrate the continued use of asbestos, go to the area with roof patching material, and read the ingredients.

Amphibole asbestos, on the other hand, because of its toxicity and its high biopersistence, is mainly responsible for mesothelioma and pulmonary diseases even caused after a short or moderate exposure.

Asbestos was used extensively in the past in building materials for its thermal insulating properties, and fire resistance. It was also used in industrial products, and automotive parts and components because of its strengthening properties.

Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and is highly regulated by OSHA, EPA, and many state and local agencies. These agency’s regulations were created to reduce asbestos exposure.

Where was asbestos used?

People have used asbestos for a long time. One of its earliest known usages was in Egypt. The queen would amuse guests by tossing an asbestos woven table cloth into the fireplace. The table cloth would not burn but all the food and drink stains would disappear leaving the table cloth like new.

Today most products made do not contain asbestos. Those few products which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1980s, many types of building products and insulation materials were used in buildings containing asbestos. Common building products that might have contained asbestos in the past include:

Floor Tile
Linoleum
Black Mastic
Yellow Adhesive
Boilers
Underground Pipes
HVAC Duct Tape
Stage Lighting Cord
Fire Doors
Transite Roofing
Popcorn Texture
Drywall
Texture on Drywall
Joint Compound
Steam Pipes
Mirror Mastic
Heater Flue Pipe
Textured Paints
Transite Panels
Transite Shingles
Roof Shingles
Window Caulking
Door Caulking
Fireproofing
Furnace Duct Tape
Pipe Elbows
Window Glazing Putty
TSI
Soundproofing
Transite Siding

Is it Asbestos?

There is only one way to positively identify asbestos, and that is specially trained persons with special microscopes that test for asbestos.

What American Abatement can do?

American Abatement’s employees are professionals trained to handle any type of asbestos materials and help determine the best course of action based on your specific needs.

We have exceptional credentials. All our workers are trained, experienced, reputable, and AHERA accredited. We have developed a reputation for being a safe, ethical, and cost-conscious asbestos abatement contractor.

Standard Practices

American Abatement generally furnishes all:

Labor
Materials
Employee Training
Expertise
Payroll Taxes
Owned Equipment
General Liability
Knowledge
Workers Compensation
Rented Equipment
Pollution Liability

and all other items necessary to complete the specific asbestos abatement scope on time.

  • We obtain all required permits including any necessary state and local licenses.
  • We will assist you in completing a NESHAP application if required.
  • We maintain the following information for a period of at least 30 years for each project:
  • Certificates of initial training showing that each Supervisor has successfully completed the required EPA approved Contractor/Supervisor course.
  • Certificates of refresher training showing that each Supervisor has successfully completed the required EPA approved Contractor/Supervisor annual refresher course.
  • Certificates of initial training showing that each asbestos worker has successfully completed the required EPA-approved asbestos worker course.
  • Certificates of refresher training showing that each asbestos worker has successfully completed the required EPA-approved asbestos worker annual refresher course.
  • OSHA Personnel air samples are analyzed by a qualified laboratory (NIOSH Proficiency Analytical Testing (PAT) Program, or is accredited by the AIHA for asbestos.
  • OSHA Medical examinations.
  • Waste manifests signed by the transporter and the landfill at an EPA-approved landfill.

Project Specific Practices

For each project we have in place:

  • Written Hazard Communication Program
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Work Plan and Containment Configuration
  • Respirator Program
  • Pre-construction Meeting
  • Safety Meetings

Statement by American Abatement: American Abatement did not develop the underlying information used to create the information at this website and does not warrant the accuracy and completeness of such information. American Abatement emphasizes that asbestos and black mold should not be handled, sampled, removed, or repaired by anyone other than a qualified professional.