Colorado’s Regulation 8, Part B requires flooring asbestos testing anytime more than 32 sq. ft. of drywall or flooring is removed. Colorado flooring companies advise customers to always get old flooring tested for asbestos before replacement. Many even require proof of asbestos testing and mitigation before they will deliver flooring orders. That’s where Enviocore comes in.
How Can Asbestos in Flooring Be Dangerous?
Asbestos has often been used to strengthen floor tiles and vinyl, as well as to provide fire resistant properties. When floor tiles or vinyl sheet flooring is properly installed and in good repair, the vinyl binds the asbestos, preventing its release. This means that even flooring that contains asbestos fibers is considered safe as long as it’s intact. But replacing flooring means ripping up the old flooring, which can lead to dangerous asbestos exposure, as well as stiff fines.
A Closer Look At Asbestos Release Risks
Cutting, sanding or disturbing damaged, decaying flooring can result in the release of asbestos. If inhaled or swallowed over a long period of time, the fibers can cause a number of serious illnesses such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. The most dangerous of these products is asbestos vinyl sheet flooring. Vinyl sheet flooring comes in large pieces and is usually cut to the size of the room and laid down in one piece. This type of flooring often had an asbestos backing that is considered friable, which means easy to break up, and the fibers are easily released if the material is disturbed or damaged.
How Do I Know If My Old Flooring Contains Asbestos?
There have been many other flooring manufacturers that have used or still use asbestos in flooring products, so even if you are able to confirm the manufacturer of your old flooring and the company is not on this list, your flooring could contain asbestos, and Colorado Regulation 8, Part B applies. Fortunately, a simple test can tell you what you’re dealing with.
Companies known to have produced vinyl flooring include:
- American Biltrite
- Amtico Floors
- Armstrong World Industries
- Cogoleum Corporation
- GAF Corporation
- Synkoloid Company
Call Enviocore for Flooring Asbestos Testing and Breathe Easier Today
If you’re considering replacing old flooring, call Enviocore today and find out what you’re dealing with before you risk exposing your family and workers to asbestos fibers and paying fines.
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WE’RE SERIOUS ABOUT OUR WORK
We’ll show up at your door with a smile and treat you like a new friend. But be assured that we’re all business when it comes to delivering professional testing and consulting services.
FAST, ACCURATE TEST RESULTS. VERY FAST.
For any environmental testing to be meaningful, much less valuable, you need the results to be reliable and fast. If it takes until mold spores become visible over a large area to get positive mold contamination test results, those results aren’t really “news.” They’re “olds.”
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We never forget that our business is about people. Protecting people from hazards. When we enter your home or business, we consider how we would want to protect our home or business.