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Hello, My name is Christian Velasco and I am the C.E.O. of Clean Air Group.

I have been in the Asbestos field for over two decades and would be pleased to help you with your asbestos problems.


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When you come to Clean Air Group for help you deal with the C.E.O.

I personally inspect your site and prepare the bid for services.

I personally supervise all day to day operations.


Construction Management

If you are involved in a remodel, teardown, or gut rehab and encounter asbestos, you must stop work by law and rectify the asbestos problem. There is no way around it.

Our licensed and insured team will quickly and safely remove all contaminants, in full compliance with Federal and New York State abatement protocols.



At Clean Air Group, we hold ourselves to the highest standards in the industry. Find out for yourself why so many people trust our company. Your satisfaction is our highest priority. No job is too big or too small.

Asbestos abatement is often a critical first step in starting a construction project—a task that Clean Air Group approaches with the utmost responsibility and professionalism. The Clean Air Group environmental team includes a full affiliate staff of certified, skilled and experienced abatement personnel, often noted as among the most experienced and respected environmental professionals in their field. With the highest level of professionalism and extensive knowledge of safe construction methods and asbestos abatement procedures, the Clean Air Group team is well known for its ability to respond quickly and successfully to complete asbestos projects of all types and complexity. In each project, we undertake we work to ensure the safety of building occupants, the public, and our employees while delivering the project in a timely manner so that construction can move forward on schedule.
The Clean Air Group team is trained and certified to perform projects of all sizes and scopes, and our team has been involved in many of New York States' most prestigious construction assignments. Often retained by New York’s leading construction managers, general contractors, and owners, the Clean Air Group team has become the “go-to” resource for safe and efficient asbestos removal, including emergency response services.



The following places are those where an asbestos consultant from Clean Air Group is likely to identify suspected asbestos-containing materials. This is by no means a definitive list of products as there are over 3,000 products that asbestos was used. The only way to determine if asbestos is present is to have an asbestos consultant from a Clean Air Group affiliate inspect and collect a sample for asbestos testing.


Air Conditioning

Asbestos can be located within the ductwork of Air Conditioning re-heating units. This is more specifically located around heating elements. The first picture identifies the control box where the re-heating elements can be located. The second picture shows the asbestos millboard lining which surrounds the air conditioning re-heating elements.



Carpet Underlay

Asbestos is used in some carpet underlay. Also, asbestos was used in the adhesive to glue down the carpet underlay which is usually a black bituminous material. 



Asbestos ceilings can be found in many forms which include asbestos fibre cement sheet (fibro), vermiculite spray-applied ceilings. The vermiculate look like popcorn. Asbestos ceiling tiles are also commonly used.



Cloth linings can be found around material that may require thermal insulation such as a fire cabinet and around flues. Fire blankets can also be made of asbestos.


Closets may be lined with asbestos to increase fire resistance. This may be in the form of mainly fibre cement sheeting (fibro), softer insulation board and sometimes millboard to ceiling linings.



Asbestos cowls to flue pipes may contain asbestos cement.



Metal ductwork containing millboard to the reheating elements may contain asbestos to the gasket material lining the flange joints to provide an airtight seal. The asbestos was introduced to hinder the spread of flame within the ductwork. 



The majority of eaves to all buildings built before 1990 will have asbestos. This is one of the most commonly tested material for asbestos.


Electrical Backing Boards

These are also commonly found asbestos-containing materials which are of a resin or bituminous type material. One distinct sign (by no means definitive) is a strong smell of bitumen or tar, the smell of newly made road. While these are fairly stable composite materials, there is usually asbestos dust within the fuse box due to electricians drilling holes into the board.

Fibre Cement Sheet.

Fibre cement sheet is the most prominent and common form of asbestos that people recognise as being potentially hazardous. True fibre cement sheet is a very hard material. Caution should be applied in determining whether the sheet material is cement or insulating board. an insulating board is a softer material and releases fibres much more readily than the stronger cement counterpart. A good indication of true asbestos cement is a golf ball or dimpled pattern on the back of the sheet. Asbestos insulating boards will generally have a smoother finish to the back.

Fire Damage

Asbestos fire damage is caused as a result of exposure to temperatures of about 1000 ºC where the effects of charring, spalling, loss of structural strength, etc to the asbestos materials is observed. The major issue with Asbestos Fires is the debris left behind which can be very fine pieces and/or bundles of asbestos fibres which can be spread to a large area as a result of Spalling. Asbestos contamination can be found within ash and dust after and during an asbestos fire.

Fire doors

Fire doors can comprise friable asbestos core material within the door which can be released into the air when fixing door handles, locks and hinges. When observed from the top of most fire doors the core is visible, being a white millboard material. Other fire doors can have fibre cement sheets lining the inside of the fire door.



There are many different types of flooring material that contain asbestos. The most common are fibre cement sheet and vinyl sheet or tiles. Many cases the floor may be hidden by carpet and tiles. A pre-demolition survey is required to identify these materials within the house.



Flue pipes which exhaust hot air from boilers and heaters may contain gaskets and pipes containing both stably bonded asbestos such as cement pipes or friable rope gaskets to flange joints and plates.



The pitched side of roofs otherwise known as gables can contain corrugated moulded asbestos products and flat asbestos cement sheets.



External garages can contain asbestos cement walls, eaves and corrugated asbestos roofs. Newer garages that are part of the house can have asbestos sheet or fibro to assist in hindering the spread of fire if a fire were to start in the garage.

Gaskets. Asbestos gaskets are used in applications such as hot water pipes, exhausts and boilers. Gasket material is generally friable.


Insulating board

Insulating board is considered to be friable as the material can liberate asbestos fibres into the air much more easily than asbestos cement. In many cases most asbestos consultants will assess the insulating board as a cement product, however, the asbestos insulating board is a much lower density than cement.



Asbestos insulation is used in ceiling and roof cavities, This material is friable and an extremely high risk of exposure if disturbed.  



Asbestos mastic sealants are used for a wide variety of purposes from joining flange joints to ductwork to pointing material to stone and bricks, and movement joints. The likelihood of the mastic containing asbestos is increased with areas that may be subjected to fire or that may assist the structural integrity during a fire.



Asbestos pipes may include downpipes, asbestos cement water pipes underground, asbestos cement flues for transporting hot air from boilers. They are generally made of asbestos cement, providing a hard-wearing product.



Ensure that if you have asbestos removed by a licensed asbestos professional.



Asbestos roofs are generally made of a corrugated moulded product that is generally fairly stable material. Being a brittle roof there are other significant issues which include the potential of falling through by walking on them.  


Roof Membranes

Roof membranes are generally a bituminous material. They can reside at the top of the roof or underneath roof tiles in sheet material. They are usually a black colour and the asbestos fibres can generally be seen with the naked eye.



Asbestos soil can be found due to old buildings and materials that have contaminated the soil. The level of risk is dependent on the type of asbestos contamination. Asbestos cement is generally bonded and maintains structural integrity compared to asbestos lagging materials that may disperse individual fibres into the air at high concentrations.


Toilet Cisterns & Cubicle Partitions

Toilet cisterns can comprise asbestos moulded products either above the toilet or behind walls in cavities and toilet cubicle partitions can commonly comprise 20 mm thick compressed asbestos cement sheet.



Friable asbestos can be found within the insulation to valves to hot water pipes and gaskets to flanges of valves and pipes.


Ventilation Ducts

Asbestos cement ventilation ducts are common on older buildings with basements, laundries and cellars below ground to increase the ventilation. These unsuspecting items may contain asbestos.

Vinyl Tiles

Asbestos vinyl tiles commonly contain asbestos. The asbestos tiles are nominally 9 inches square. The vinyl sheet can also contain asbestos as well as the bituminous adhesive used to glue the asbestos vinyl sheet and asbestos vinyl tiles down.



Asbestos cement sheet and asbestos insulating board are used throughout buildings to increase the fire rating to hinder the spread of fire.


Window Putty

Window putty can contain asbestos of different types which may include a stable composite putty within old timber window frames or rope type friable window gaskets. The use of asbestos within the putty assists the fire resistance, increasing the structural integrity of the window during a fire.

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