Exposure to asbestos has caused major health concerns for many individuals. When inhaled over a period of time, the fibers from this toxic material become a severe irritant. Scarring in the lungs occurs, making breathing difficult. Chronic respiratory illness and cardiac distress can appear after prolonged exposure. Cancer is also a concern.
Asbestos can be found in many common building materials. Insulation, heating ducts, ceiling tiles, and plaster compounds pose the greatest risk. Previous to 1980, it was often used because of its superior fireproofing compound.
Homeowners can become exposed during renovation or repair projects. Occupants in a commercial building are at risk as well. Exposure to airborne fibers can occur during normal maintenance procedures. Any workplace with employees is obligated, by law, to have a management plan in place.
It is imperative to lessen the dangers, through the asbestos abatement process. There are three ways to successfully control the release of fibers into the air.
This involves using a non-toxic sealant to embed the asbestos fibers. A protective membrane is created over the existing material. The sealant bonds with the fibers to prevent future flaking. Applying the sealant will return the home or workplace to a safe environment.
All building components that contain asbestos are covered or “encased”. This process is an efficient and affordable alternative. It is best to use an environment friendly (green) product. This reduces the harmful effects of asbestos and lengthens the life of the building. There is minimal disruption to the workplace when using the encasement method.
It is important to hire a licensed asbestos abatement professional. They have the ability to properly remove and dispose of the toxic material. If using a service is not an option, then be sure to first wet the asbestos. Wearing disposable gloves, place the asbestos into a trash bag and seal. Mark as hazardous and bring to a designated landfill. Law prohibits employees from taking part in the asbestos removal process.
Contact the team at 24/7 Flood Response to discuss the asbestos abatement process for your home or business.
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