According to the Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos is: “A mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil. Asbestos is a term used to refer to six naturally occurring silicate minerals. All are composed of long and thin fibrous crystals, each fiber is composed of many microscopic ‘fibrils’ that can be released into the atmosphere by abrasion and other processes and is often transferred into a fluffy consistency.
Why Is Asbestos Used?
Asbestos fibers are strong, soft and flexible allowing the material to withstand tremendous heat, electricity, and corrosion. These qualities have made asbestos useful in building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. These qualities; however, can pose a health risk.
Where Is Asbestos Most Often Found?
It is more common in homes than you may realize and can appear in various locations in your home. The most common areas you should be concerned with; but not limited to, are external siding, pipe wrap, linoleum flooring, and mastic. These products remain prevalent in many homes throughout New England.
External Siding – Most; not all, asbestos-containing siding looked like cement board. It is about one-quarter inch thick, 10” to 12” tall, and 18” to 24” wide. You could paint it, but most homeowners previously choose to leave it in its natural grey color.
Pipe Wrap – Pipes found in basements were wrapped in a material that had a cloth outer shell and internally it looked like corrugated cardboard which is often found to be asbestos. This wrap came in three-foot lengths and was secured to the pipe with metal clips. When this type of wrap was used – a paste was created and applied to the corners. The pipe and this material were also normally found to be asbestos based. There is newer pipe wrap that looks like fiberglass and is yellow or pink in color with a similar cloth exterior which in many cases is not asbestos. However, the only way to confirm the presence or absence is by way of a laboratory test to confirm.
Linoleum Flooring – Traditionally linoleum came in 9” or 12” square tiles or in large rolls. Historically the 9” tiles are older and are more commonly asbestos-based where the 12” tiles are newer and not commonly asbestos based. The rolled style was known to contain asbestos in the older applications and not the newer but there is no way to determine old versus new linoleum regardless of size without a laboratory test to confirm.
Mastic – Mastic; or glue, is the adhesive used to adhere to tile or other products to the subfloor or existing floor. It was normally black or white in color. Traditionally the black mastic contained asbestos and the white did not – but again both need to be tested. When removing flooring you are potentially dealing with many layers as it was common in the past to not remove the old floor and to simply go over it. If the top layer of linoleum does not contain asbestos but the mastic used to adhere it to the layer below is asbestos then whatever the mastic is touching must also be removed. This can potentially mean many layers of flooring and subflooring must be removed.
Recognizing The Presence Of Asbestos
It is not possible to look at something and determine if it is or is not asbestos. A laboratory specializing in testing needs to be utilized to confirm its presence.
Asbestos Abatement (removal)
Asbestos needs to be removed (abated) by trained and certified professionals for the safety of anyone working or living in close proximity to it. Prior to the removal – licenses and permits from the EPA, and your local municipality in accordance with state laws are in place.
Insurcomm Asbestos Abatement
Asbestos can be a very dangerous product if established rules and regulations are not adhered to during the removal process. To avoid any conflict of interest, a third party is hired to conduct all testing.
Once it has been determined that the presence of this dangerous substance is present on-site, Insurcomm will file the appropriate paperwork with the state and secure the necessary permits for remediation.
Once all paperwork and permits are in place the area will be quarantined, a cleansing station for all workers to utilize when entering and departing the area will be constructed. The establishment of a negative air system and specialized dumpsters are wrapped and put in place for all hazardous waste during the ongoing work. Once the asbestos has been removed from the involved area and that area has been cleaned and vacuumed utilizing HEPA vacuums the third laboratory will dispatch a licensed hygienist to perform a visual inspection and also perform a third party clearance test to ensure there are no dust particulates in the air.
At Insurcomm, we have the experience and understand that the removal of this dangerous substance involves strict adherence to an intricate procedure followed by a delicate and thorough approach toward removal. If you have questions, Insurcomm is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 844-424-9283 or online at insurcomm.com.
The American Dream of owning a home or owning a business has certain unpleasant realities that lurk in its shadow—such as fire, water, storm, and mold damage—and such realities are exactly why we exist. Insurcomm is New England’s Leading Restoration Company. From start to finish, we are your one point of contact, as we have an experienced and certified staff of employees to serve your every need. We also have a brand new, state-of-the-art building—located in Portsmouth, NH from which to conduct operations.
From fire, water, storm, mold, biohazard, and asbestos cleanup and repair to contents cleaning, deodorizing, and storage, Insurcomm works hard to keep your American Dream alive and well. At Insurcomm, we pride ourselves on being your first and final phone call when catastrophe strikes.
Fire damage cleanup is oftentimes more extensive than one realizes, as flames can char walls and ceilings and floors, and the heat from flames can melt furniture and fixtures from thirty feet away. Smoke from a fire can blacken personal items such as appliances, rugs, and pictures, and the odor from a fire can permeate the entire structure. When your local and brave firefighters leave the scene, Insurcomm remains with you— and works together with you and your insurance company—until your home, and those personal belongings that were salvageable, is restored back to its original, if not better, condition.
A trusted Insurcomm team of certified experts will set a remediation and restoration plan in motion that includes working with your insurance company on your behalf, removing all debris, storing and cleaning all salvageable furnishings and personal items, and providing in-house and highly skilled tradesmen to complete your carpentry, roofing, plumbing, and electric needs. From start to finish, Insurcomm is your one point of contact.
Water damage due to storms, burst pipes, faulty sewer lines, foundation cracks, or leaky roofs and windows can wreak havoc on your home, and Insurcomm’s cleanup and repair teams are second to none. We have the knowledge and the equipment to clean and repair carpets, wood floors, baseboards, walls, ceilings, and personal items, and our experts are on call and at your service 24/7. At Insurcomm, we understand that every water damage situation requires a rapid response in order to stabilize the loss, as well as the latest in diagnostic tools, water extraction methodology, and drying equipment. For over twenty years, we have helped customers like you solve any and all water related problems. What separates us from our competition is that we have an experience base of over two decades; we have a solid reputation as a caring, trusted, and professional organization; and we provide a one-point-of-contact experience. From the moment we are on the scene, Insurcomm provides all service necessary—from cleanup to restoration—to ensure that you are completely satisfied with a job well done!
At Insurcomm, we know all too well that mold is a four-letter word, and we offer the best, most thorough, and most advanced mold remediation service in all of New England. Mold growth due to moisture buildup or water and flood damage can spread throughout walls, ceilings, attics, and basements at a rapid pace, causing structural damage to your home or commercial building. For the home or business owner, mold can cause sickness and serious allergic reactions. If you see or smell mold, you must act quickly in order to prevent further damage to your health and your home by calling 844-ICI-MOLD at any time of the day or night. Using the latest technology—including HEPA vacuums, biocide detergents, negative air pressure, and mold-inhibiting protective coatings—our certified specialists will enact a proven plan of containment, removal, storage, and cleaning. For your peace of mind, we also provide an experienced team of in-house reconstruction craftsmen, and we offer the replacement of affected utilities and appliances. When mold rears its ugly face, Insurcomm is your trusted one point of contact!
Water, mold damage, and a wide array of serious repair and cleanup conditions can easily be the result of nature’s wrath, so when a storm causes destruction to your home or commercial building, Insurcomm is just a quick phone call away. We have the best cleanup, repair, storage, and restoration services in New England and have proudly helped property owners for 20+ years.
Our certified disaster preparedness teams work with your insurance company on your behalf to handle any and all situations—from tree, roof, window, siding, or chimney repair, all the way to the complete destruction of a structure, we get the job done right and we work to eliminate your worry.
Insurcomm provides emergency board up of doors and windows, roof and siding tarps, removal of fallen trees and debris, generators, content cleanup and storage, and reconstruction and restoration services. But what truly distinguishes us from our competitors is that we also provide our customers with anything from a toothbrush to meal certificates to sound advice from experts in the field, because we know that small and personal gestures go a long way when disaster strikes. At Insurcomm, we care deeply for those we serve, and we always aim to please.
Many home or building disasters require the vital services of Insurcomm’s 1-800-BoardUp experts. These seasoned and respected emergency responders, who work out of our newly constructed Portsmouth facility, are at your service to provide victim support such as temporary housing, loner cell phones, hygiene and PPE kits, pet services, and educational literature. They also work to secure your property while communicating and coordinating seamlessly with other Insurcomm divisions to ensure your complete peace of mind. 1-800-BoardUp is a nationally recognized company that has provided the very best emergency support for victims of disasters, and we are proud to provide this A+ Rated (by the Better Business Bureau) service to our valued customers. The goal during any traumatic occurrence is to provide families and/or business owners with helpful, capable, timely, and professional service by offering resources and recommendations that will assist in support and recovery. At Insurcomm, your every need is our concern, and we work diligently and tirelessly to restore what was once whole and help put the pieces of a productive and healthy life back together again.
Contents Restoration and Storage
When fire, water, mold, or storm damage occurs, Insurcomm not only provides the most efficient, thorough, caring, and professional cleanup and restoration services, but we also have the best contents restoration and storage system in the northeast.
In essence, your personal belongings must be taken care of in a professional and secure manner, and we go to great lengths to ensure such an experience. Using our ultramodern Ultrasonic Cleaning Station, we clean and restore your belongings to the highest of standards, even hand washing items when necessary. Rugs and carpets are cleaned, deodorized, and dried in yet another of our state-of-the-art machines. Once our technicians finish cleaning and drying your belongings, they bubble wrap and place them perfectly in white boxes, which are then positioned inside our clean and secured storage vaults, also housed on-site in our climate controlled facility. If a total Pack Out is required, we inventory all of your belongings and house them under 24/7 video surveillance. The bottom line is that when you call Insurcomm during difficult times, you can rest comfortably knowing that everything—from cleanup to construction to contents—is handled perfectly, professionally, and securely by a business that cares.
There are many unfortunate and serious situations that require the attention of certified biohazard experts, and Insurcomm has the experience, the equipment, and the personal to handle any such circumstance. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are four levels of biohazards that begin with agents that pose a minimal threat to humans and the environment, and end with pathogens that pose a high risk of life-threatening disease. At Insurcomm, your safety is our concern and we pride ourselves on protecting our clients and our employees throughout the entire cleanup and restoration process. Biohazard environments include blood and bodily fluid spills from laboratories, crime scenes, suicide scenes, and automobile accidents, and we have the proven protocols—that are in accordance with OSHA and EPA regulations—to remove, clean, and restore any setting back to its original condition. Perhaps the greatest words we have received came from a client whose relative had passed and gone unnoticed in their home for nearly a week:
“I was saddened and overwhelmed at the untimely death of my father, and I was so thankful for the compassion, respect, and professionalism that the Insurcomm team provided.”
These are the sentiments we at Insurcomm strive for when working for you in your time of need.
Asbestos was once thought to be the miracle fiber, and it was used for everything from fire and sound proofing to insulating homes. Siding and roofing products, heating and air conditioning ducts, hot water tanks, pipe insulation, stucco and plaster…asbestos can be found everywhere. By the 1960’s, serious diseases were being caused by asbestos, and by 1990 the EPA banned most uses of asbestos. The good news is that Insurcomm has an in-house staff of certified personnel who possess the depth of experience required to assess and remove this microscopic and dangerous substance. Once recognized, our protocol for asbestos remediation includes quarantining the affected area off, filing the appropriate paperwork with the state and the EPA, and securing all necessary permits for remediation. To avoid any conflict of interest, a third party is hired to conduct all testing and to write the abatement plan, a plan we then follow to standard. The proper handling of asbestos requires knowledge, skill, and resources, and Insurcomm is prepared, and available around the clock, to solve your asbestos problem.
Insurcomm: New England’s Leading Restoration Company
Specializing in fire, water, and storm damage cleanup and restoration, mold and asbestos remediation, biohazard cleanup, contents restoration and storage, remodeling, and reconstruction—and possessing an experienced, certified, and professional staff of employees—Insurcomm is quickly becoming New England’s leading, and one point of contact, restoration contractor. The Insurcomm Difference centers on complete customer satisfaction, and this begins with the initial phone call for service and ends with peace of mind and a job well done! We make sure that your every need is met during troubling times by a staff that genuinely cares about you and the work they provide. Your home, your family, your building, your business—your American Dream—is alive and well, and in good hands, when Insurcomm is on the job.