What is asbestos abatement?

In the environmental world, we often refer to asbestos abatement, but it’s important for us to explain what that term actually means.

The permit office will require you to have an asbestos inspection prior to obtaining a remodeling or demolition permit. If asbestos is found, you must have an abatement before they will grant a remodeling or demolition permit.

According to Merriam-Webster, abate means “to put an end to, to reduce in degree or intensity.” So an abatement is the process of “putting an end to” something.

In the case of asbestos, an abatement is the removal, or “putting an end to,” asbestos by a certified contractor following strict guidelines for safe work practices and disposal.

What Does a Typical Asbestos Abatement Look Like?

There are differences depending on the property type (residential vs. commercial), the type of material being abated (drywall joint compound vs. floor tile) and the reason for abatement (remodeling vs. demolition).

A typical asbestos abatement involves:

  • Certified contractor
  • Certified workers
  • Personal protective equipment (disposable clothing, respirator, gloves, etc.)
  • Containment of the work area to prevent the spread of asbestos to unaffected areas
  • HEPA filtered negative air machines or air scrubbers
  • Removal and disposal of the asbestos containing material (ACM)
  • Cleaning of the remaining surfaces/building materials to remove any asbestos dust

Check out our asbestos abatement services and our other asbestos resources to learn more about what materials may contain asbestos, and how asbestos may adversely affect your health.

Your Safety is Our Specialty

Don’t risk the effects of asbestos exposure. Ensure that you don’t contaminate the air inside your home or building by disturbing asbestos-containing materials.

Contact Branch Environmental today for an asbestos inspection or abatement prior to your next remodeling or demolition project. We look forward to hearing from you!