Breaking Down the Asbestos Abatement Process

Prevent The Spread Of Asbestos Fibers

Although the health effects of asbestos are well documented, society wasn’t always aware of the dangers of exposure. That’s why asbestos was used in building materials up until 1989, and why homes built before are likely to have asbestos-containing materials, including roofing shingles, siding, attic and wall insulation, textured paint, and vinyl sheet flooring. If you worry about asbestos exposure, schedule a home inspection with a licensed asbestos testing and removal company in the South and East Bay. If asbestos is found in your home, the following abatement process will eliminate the health risk to you and your family.

Regulated Work Area Asbestos Abatement
The first step in the abatement process is to set up a regulated work area. Sealing air ducts, disabling HVAC systems, and setting up negative pressure equipment are a few of the steps abatement technicians take to prevent the spread of asbestos fibers through your home during the removal and cleaning process. Technicians will also plasticize floors, walls, and ceilings as needed to protect surfaces not being treated for asbestos.

Material Removal
After a regulated and enclosed work area is established around the surfaces or areas being abated, technicians wearing abatement suits and using personal air monitoring equipment will utilize hand tools to remove asbestos-containing material. The asbestos material is then placed into asbestos disposal waste bags, sealed, taken out through a waste decontamination unit, and stored in a specially labeled trailer or dumpster designed with a protective poly lining.

HEPA Vacuuming
After all asbestos materials are removed from your home, all abated surfaces and areas are wet wiped and vacuumed with a special high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum. HEPA cleaning ensures that any lingering asbestos particles in the air are removed. After multiple HEPA cleanings , air and surface samples will be performed to verify the successful removal of asbestos and give you clearance to return to your home.

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