There are two ways to safely deal with Asbestos. The first is ‘abatement’ – which means complete removal of the materials containing Asbestos. The second method is ‘Encapsulation’ – fully covering and sealing off Asbestos materials.
A certified asbestos inspector will perform a visual inspection of the home, and take several samples of any suspected materials to be tested.
An asbestos inspector can make recommendations for how to correct the situation or prevent damage to any so far undisturbed asbestos. Asbestos is only a problem once it is disturbed – during renovations, when damages occur to a home etc… The inspector will make the decision to If abatement or encapsulation are necessary.
Before any work actually begins, you will receive a written contract that details the removal plans, including cleanup and will also include an explanation of all the federal, state and local regulations we must abide by.
As the removal or encapsulation starts, the site will be clearly marked as a hazardous area. The area will then be completely sealed off from the rest of the house with plastic sheets. No household occupants, including pets, will be allowed in or around the area. The HVAC system will be shut off to avoid any fibers from potentially spreading to other rooms.
When Asbestos breaks, fibers are released into the air. For this reason, Workers should never break any removed materials into smaller pieces for easier cleanup. All asbestos materials should actually be wet down during removal and cleanup, as that keeps any loose fibers from spreading or becoming airborne.
The work-site itself should always remain clean and free of any visible debris. For cleanup, all asbestos-containing materials must be properly sealed and labeled in heavy-duty plastic bags, as well as any clothing the workers wear and any equipment used. This prevents contamination of other areas of the house. The area should be thoroughly cleaned with wet mops and rags and only HEPA vacuums, as regular vacuums could spread any lingering asbestos dust.
Upon completion, you should receive another written record that explains the work that was done and that proper procedures were followed.