One thing for sure all during the 20th century the use of asbestos was a very popular mineral used for many things and has created a major need for asbestos abatement. It is very durable, heat resistant and the insulating qualities were second to none. With popularity like this today the need for asbestos abatement becomes a very important issue.
With just building materials alone more than 3000 different products were manufactured with asbestos in the mix. Thankfully it was in the mid 1970s that the general public began finding out about the dangers of breathing asbestos fibers. The information began spreading about all the deadly lung diseases that were caused by the fibers.
Products that contained asbestos were banned which allowed the remaining building materials to still be used. Today presents a much different story. With the slight hint of asbestos fibers becoming airborne containment becomes essential for asbestos abatement.
There are no dangers as long as the asbestos fibers become airborne. Once the fibers reach the open air then the danger exists that any unsuspecting person could breathe in the deadly fibers.
Professional Asbestos Abatement
Just doing a little simple home remodeling can be very dangerous with any chance of the dangerous asbestos fibers being released into the air.
If you are up-to-date on all of the latest safety guidelines it may be possible for you to do the job safely. If not it is highly recommended for you to hire a licensed professional to properly handle the asbestos abatement needed to do the job safely.
The do-it-yourself person believes he can save money and lower expenses without the professional asbestos abatement company. When you consider that even if you do the job yourself you will still need to follow the local laws and guidelines to properly handle the safety procedures.
Just consider the cost of the extra protection you will need to do the job safely. This short list will give you an idea:
- Protective Boots
- Protective Clothing
- Gloves for Hand Protection
- Protective Eye Ware
All of this equipment is must be rented or purchased to do the asbestos abatement safely. And remember this equipment is needed for every person who will access the contaminated environment as a helper or just looking.
In the case where it is unknown if the materials contain asbestos that will be worked with asbestos testing will need to be done by an accredited asbestos testing facility. Many cases require microscopic examination to verify if there is a risk. When the risk is verified the presents of asbestos exists it leaves you with a couple of possible options. If the materials are in top condition they may not present any immediate hazard. On the other hand if the materials are in poor condition meaning fibers could be released into the air proper asbestos abatement disposal and elimination is required.
Experienced Asbestos Abatement Contractors
The experienced asbestos removal contractor will seal in the area first with plastic. This step keeps the asbestos contained in the sealed area. Then the contractor and his workers will enter with protective boots, clothing and gloves including eye protection and respirators. For severe cases to remove asbestos where the fibers have the possibility of becoming airborne they wet them down to begin the removal process. This keeps the fibers from becoming airborne. All the asbestos materials are removed are place into bags that keep it secure for transportation to disposal site.
Asbestos elimination is a very risky business when it is not performed is accordance with the regulations and local laws. It is very important to have a very good understanding of all the safety regulations and laws before undertaking a remodeling job on your own. If there is a hazard consult the asbestos abatement contractor first and get estimates first.