Asbestos is a very dangerous mineral that can have devastating effects on your health. When someone is exposed to the mineral over a long period of time, the chance of them contracted and asbestos related disease is greatly increased. The structure of asbestos is very fibrous, and it easily can go airborne when disturbed. When it’s airborne, it’s easily inhaled, and when the fibers are inhaled, they lodge themselves into the tissue of the lungs and cause cancers and diseases. As you can see, long term exposure to asbestos is very dangerous. This is why when asbestos i detected in a building or home, an asbestos abatement process must happen.
An asbestos abatement is the technical term for asbestos removal. Due to the dangerous nature of asbestos, it is very important to have it removed if any has been detected in your home. Some of the most common areas of a home that are contaminated with asbestos are roof shingles and siding, vermiculite insulation, ceiling tiles, popcorn ceilings, drywall and cement sheets, plaster, putty, caulking, electrical switchboard panels, plumbing fixtures, pip and ducts coverings, thermal boilers and fireplaces, and vinyl floor tiles.
After a certified asbestos inspector takes samples of the supposedly asbestos contaminated material, they will have the labs sent to a laboratory to be analyzed. Depending on the type of asbestos contamination, different asbestos abatement processes will be used.
Once the area has tested positive for asbestos, the abatement process will begin. The area that is contaminated will be established as the work area, and decontamination enclosure systems will be installed. Along with decontamination systems, other steps will be performed in order to make the area safe. This includes wet wiping all surfaces to prevent the asbestos from going airborne and covering the non-abated area with plastic sheets.
The workers will them begin removing the asbestos and cleaning up using HEPA vacuums. All asbestos will be disposed of in leak-tight containers and will be transported to a landfill and be properly disposed of.
Although asbestos abatement is a long process, it is necessary for the health and safety of the members of the contaminated building or home.