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Five Steps to Safely Handling and Removing Asbestos

By September 26, 2019 No Comments

 

Asbestos is a group of naturally-occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and other chemicals. That’s why they’re known as a “miracle mineral.” The mineral is common in construction and is used in many products like roof siding, ceilings, drywall, pipe and duct coverings, vinyl floor tiles, and more. While there are many asbestos-containing materials (ACM) still being used in the U.S., their usage in buildings has been limited since 1980.

The so-called “miracle mineral” turned out to be more harmful than helpful. It’s been linked with numerous health-related issues. If you have asbestos in your house, you should work toward abatement or the removal of it. 

Why Is Asbestos Hazardous?

Asbestos may not be banned, but it’s still extremely hazardous. A small amount of the mineral isn’t toxic, but a large amount of it is. The dangers of asbestos come from the fibers within it. Breathing in these fibers is extremely dangerous and can cause asbestosis, mesothelioma, and even cancer.

The fibers are odorless and tasteless. They don’t evaporate in air or dissolve in water. They can be carried by air due to their small size and fragile nature. They can be suspended in the air, which is the most likely way to encounter them. The extreme risks associated with asbestos fibers is exactly why you must take action if you spot the mineral on your property.

What Is Asbestos Abatement?

Abatement is the safe handling and removal of asbestos from your home. It’s an important process that prevents you from being exposed to deadly fibers. 

If asbestos is left alone, it only has a small chance of hurting you. However, if it’s disturbed or damaged in any way, there’s a high chance that you’ll be exposed to fibers. As such, it’s important that you know what you’re doing before you remove the asbestos plaguing your home. Here are five steps to help you through the process. 

Step One: Inspection

Before you begin the abatement, you must perform a risk assessment on your property. You will want to hire a trained technician who can determine whether or not the asbestos will be disturbed during abatement.  

Step Two: Hiring Professionals

Once you’ve determined that abatement is necessary, it’s time to do some research. You’ll need to hire a professional abatement team, such as 24/7 Flood Response, that can come down and safely remove all of it. We outfit our specialists with special equipment that will protect and cover their body. 

Step Three: Sealing Off

As previously mentioned, disturbing the asbestos may expose the fibers. To prevent that from happening, our team of professionals will need to seal off the area. They’ll use specialized sheets. All windows, window film, air vents, and plastic sheets will need to be sealed off as well. All furniture needs to be moved, and the flooring must be protected. 

Step Four: Removal

Once our team has their protective gear and respirators equipped, they can begin the removal process. All asbestos-containing materials will need to be wet during the process to prevent the fibers from going airborne. All clothing will also need to be rinsed before it can leave the work area.

Step Five: Final Test

Once everything is finished, a final test must be conducted. The air quality will be measured to ensure that it is now safe. 

Asbestos is dangerous, but it can be easily handled when the right steps are taken. Just be sure not to try and handle it yourself. The substance is especially deadly when not handled correctly. 

Contact the team at 24/7 Flood Response to discuss the asbestos abatement process for your home or business.

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