Getting the Asbestos Out: How Removal Works


Getting the Asbestos Out: How Removal Works

Exposure to asbestos can result in a variety of health issues including lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and more. That is why it is important to properly address the presence of asbestos.

If testing has found asbestos in your home, there are several things to know. The first thing to understand is that asbestos poses a threat when it is damaged or disturbed. That means that homeowners should avoid disturbing undamaged asbestos-containing materials and should limit exposure to areas where there is damaged material.

One of the most important things, of course, is to remove the material. This is not a job for amateurs, though. Due to how dangerous asbestos exposure can be, it is important that properly trained professionals do the work.

That work involves carefully removing the material. Steps will be taken to keep the material and dust from the material is not tracked or otherwise spread into other areas of the home.

The material is kept intact. It is sprayed down with a wetting agent in order to prevent dust.

All disposable materials from the job are sealed in leak-proof and labeled heavy-duty plastic bags. There will be no dust or debris visible at the end of this process.

After the removal work is completed, the area is thoroughly cleaned. There are a number of ways of achieving this from wet mops to HEPA vacuum cleaners; however, a regular vacuum cleaner is never used as this would risk spreading the contaminants.

Throughout the process, the area will be sealed off from the rest of the home. Household members will not have access to the affected area until completion. Read on asbestos testing for more details.