Understand Asbestos Abatements
If you live an a home that is even a few years old, chances are good that asbestos is found in some of the building materials. The good news is that those materials are likely presenting no hazard to you in their current condition.
Asbestos was a valuable ingredient to many construction products because of it’s strength and heat resistance. Into the 1990s asbestos was commonly found in the supplies used to build a home. Even past the ’90s and up to today, it is not completely banned from manufacturing and can find its way into your home.
The problem begins when you are getting ready to renovate or demolish. Ripping out walls and breaking through floors will pulverize the asbestos fibers and release them into the air as dust. Breathing asbestos is extremely dangerous and can lead to long term health issues such as Mesothelioma and lung disease.
The good news is that, with a little planning, an asbestos professional can safely identify and remove the risk.
The first step to any demolition or renovation project is an asbestos inspection. A certified inspector will perform a visual assessment of your home and carefully take samples of materials that could contain asbestos. These samples will be evaluated in a laboratory to determine the results.
If asbestos is found, you will be provided a report detailing the materials that are positive and where they are found in your home. Your inspector can also work with you to determine the best way to deal with what was found. Options include removing, or abating, the materials or encapsulating them where the fibers cannot be released.
Should you determine that the best course of action is to remove the asbestos materials, we will schedule you for an abatement. An asbestos abatement is a controlled demolition conducted by specialized technicians within a fully contained environment.
This is what you can expect during an abatement:
Create a regulated zone. The first step to any abatement is to create a safety zone. The work area will be clearly marked and only authorized technicians will be allowed in. Depending on the scope of your project, this may include your entire home or only a portion of it.
Contain the work area. Within the regulated zone, a containment area will be created. Thick plastic sheeting will be used to build a “box” around the materials that will be removed and negative airflow will be established to ensure air does not flow out of this containment area. Anyone entering the containment area will be in protective suits and respirators.
Remove the material. Within the containment area, technicians will remove the asbestos containing materials and break them into pieces small enough to be bagged. Once the bags are sealed, they will be systematically brought from the containment area for disposal.
Clean. After the material is removed, the entire area will be thoroughly cleaned to ensure no asbestos fibers remain. After cleaning is complete, the containment area will be removed.
Dispose of waste. All asbestos waste will be disposed of under the Georgia regulations for solid waste disposal.
When conducted properly, all asbestos fibers will be removed from the containment area along with the debris. Proper air-flow management will prevent any fibers from escaping the work zone into your home.
If desired, you can request an optional final air clearance to show that no asbestos fibers remain. During an air clearance, we will collect air samples both prior to and after the abatement. Laboratory analysis will show if any asbestos fibers remain in the air.