Asbestos has been widely used in a multitude of products because of its durability and heat resistance, making it the perfect material for so many needs. However, asbestos is extremely hazardous and is a carcinogen that causes lung cancer and mesothelioma. It was common in construction materials and other products for centuries before researchers began to link the mineral’s fibers with serious health risks. It is not unusual for homes, buildings and schools built before 1980 to contain asbestos somewhere. Common products that have been made with asbestos include: insulation, soundproofing, decorative material (sprayed on walls and ceilings), hot water and steam pipes, furnace ducts, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, wallboard joint compound, window putty, and siding and roofing shingles. As these asbestos products age and wear or are disturbed in some way, like a home renovation, toxic fibers may become airborne and lead to dangerous exposure.
There is no safe level of exposure, therefore hiring a certified asbestos abatement contractor such as RSG Abatement & Demolition is the wisest and safest decision when it comes to removing asbestos from any residential, commercial or public building. We will properly test, follow strict regulations and processes, and carry the appropriate abatement equipment to keep our workers and you safe from exposure. You can feel confident hiring RSG Abatement & Demolition – all our workers are trained in pre-asbestos abatement activities; work area preparation; establishing decontamination units; the use of personal protection (respirator and protective clothing); worker decontamination procedures; safety considerations in abatement area; and properly handing and disposing of asbestos waste.
It’s not possible for you to tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it. The only way to be 100% certain a material contains asbestos is through proper sampling and testing. First, one of our AHERA certified building inspectors takes samples of suspected asbestos. Then the samples are analyzed at an accredited laboratory. If it is determined there are asbestos containing materials present, the asbestos removal process can begin.
· The first step in the abatement process is to set up a regulated work area. Sealing air ducts, disabling HVAC systems, setting up negative air pressure equipment, and covering floors, walls, and ceilings as needed to protect surfaces not being treated for asbestos.
· After a regulated and enclosed work area has been established, workers wearing abatement suits and using personal air monitoring equipment will utilize hand tools to remove asbestos containing materials. The asbestos material is then placed into asbestos disposal bags, sealed, taken out through a waste decontamination unit, and stored in a specially labeled trailer or dumpster designed with a protective poly lining. The clearly labeled waste is then taken to qualified landfills that have specific requirements for securing the waste and preventing fibers from escaping into the air. Vehicles that transport the waste have specific requirements and labeling instructions as well.
· After all asbestos materials are removed, all abated surfaces and areas are wet wiped and vacuumed with a special HEPA vacuum to ensure any lingering asbestos particles in the air are removed. Lastly, a visual inspection of the area is done, and air and surface samples are taken to verify the successful removal of asbestos. This is called clearance testing and is used to determine that an area is clear of hazardous levels of dust, debris, or airborne particles. Once we receive clearance, all equipment and containment barriers will be removed, and occupants will be allowed back into the area.
Abatement of affected materials is a permanent solution as it completely removes the hazard from the area and eliminates any potential for future exposure. If you need any of these services, or have questions on the testing or abatement process, please give us a call today at 253-327-1904.
Examples of Asbestos Containing Materials
Cement Asbestos Board Siding
VCT Tile & Mastic
Plaster Mud and Texture
Wall Radiator Insulation
Asbestos Glazing on Old Windows
Texture on Exterior Brick
Duct Seam Tape