In the past, asbestos was used for a staggering number of applications, as the material was incredibly versatile. It could be used to provide fire protection, insulation, sound-dampening, and even more. Unfortunately, we now know that asbestos is an incredibly hazardous material that has been proven to cause at least one form of cancer.
If your home was built prior to 1985, there’s a good chance that there is asbestos in it somewhere, in which case you will need asbestos abatement services in order to remove this severe health hazard. Our team at Remtech Environmental is here to provide those services for you, and we have also put together this article on how the process works, so you can know what to expect.
- Seal- The first step in asbestos abatement is to seal off the area from which asbestos is being removed. This prevents the asbestos fibers from escaping into unaffected areas, and thus protects people from breathing them in inadvertently. To create the seal, our team will use polyethylene film, duct tape, and even negative air pressure machines and HEPA filters to prevent any fibers from escaping.
- Remove- Once the area is sealed, our team of trained and accredited technicians will get to work on removing the asbestos according to all state and federal laws. We wear specialized protective gear as we do this in order to prevent ourselves from inhaling the dangerous fibers.
- Clean Up- The final step in asbestos abatement is to clean up the area and HEPA vacuum any stray fibers that may have fallen. We use a specialized vacuum to do this, as standard vacuum cleaners are not equipped to deal with such fine fibers.