Regardless of how well a home was built, if it was built before 1940, there is a 90 percent chance it contains asbestos and lead paint. Lead, which is a toxin that directly affects the human nervous system, was a key component in house paint up until 1978 when it was banned. Asbestos also is banned from use in common building materials. If left undisturbed, asbestos and paint containing lead do not pose a hazard. It is during building renovation or demolition when harmful toxins can be released into the surrounding environment. Should this happen, people in the immediate area are at risk. It is for this reason that governments from the federal to the local level regulate lead abatement in Texas.
When paint containing lead is disturbed, it releases particulates. It takes only a small amount of lead to cause nerve and brain damage in children. A similar amount can lead to hypertension in the adult population, which in turn can lead to heart problems. Asbestos is dangerous when it has deteriorated or disturbed. It is under these conditions that harmful fibers are released into the air. If asbestos is in good condition, it is far better to leave it undisturbed. It is when it poses a risk to people that 1 Priority Environmental Services, LLC, should be contacted.
Do not attempt to remove asbestos yourself. Always engage the services of a company that specializes in asbestos removal in Texas. The company will assess and test the environment. In the event asbestos is found, some jurisdictions will go so far as to issue a stop-work order until it has been removed. Asbestos removal is a task that must be carried out by a certified contractor. Asbestos remediation is regulated by the state, so ensure you only hire licensed professionals.