Asbestos removal is the process of removing contaminated materials from a building or other structure. This is usually done on an asbestos abatement job. Although asbestos is no longer being used in many industries, it still exists in large quantities in other places.
The industry of asbestos removal services was started because the dangerous fibers of asbestos were found on people who had been exposed to them while working in the construction and building industry. These fibers are harmful if inhaled or ingested. Workers were more likely to get mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the chest and abdomen, after coming into contact with asbestos.
Asbestos abatement contractors are tasked with removing asbestos fibers from buildings and other structures. Before removing this material, they must determine whether or not it is safe to do so. They also make sure that the materials are structurally sound and ready for use. After this task is completed, the contractors will have to evaluate the site to see if there are any areas where asbestos has collected, which could lead to the accumulation of more fibers.
Most contractors will use techniques like roofing tiling, fire escapes, building demolition, cleaning and other clean up materials to remove the asbestos from a structure. They will then take the asbestos fibers to be tested for asbestos-related diseases.
There are three common ways to remove asbestos. One is the burning method. The other two are chemical-based removal methods.
Asbestos is removed by removing combustible materials, which can include windows, doors, ceilings, woodworking, painting, etc. A fire expert must be hired to help. He or she can cut away as much of the burning material as possible to prevent spreading the asbestos fibers. After that, asbestos fibers can be removed by hand using a vacuum cleaner or other instruments. In order to remove asbestos from floors and walls, the fibers can be pulled from the surfaces by vacuum or solvent extraction methods. Such removal method can also be used for other type of materials, like drywall, plaster, dry cement, insulation, and etc.
Another type of asbestos removal service is that of chemical removal, which involves the treatment of the surface containing asbestos with chemicals, such as percidiol, nitro-glycerol, and dibutyl phthalate. Depending on the chemicals used, the surface containing asbestos can be treated up to at least 80%.
If the surface has asbestos, a spray-on technique is used to remove asbestos from the surface. When the substance is applied with a brush or vacuum cleaner, a coating of fiber debris is left behind and can then be removed.
An asbestos removal contractor might also come to the scene of the problem to determine whether the asbestos is in the ground, floor, ceiling, etc. Once the location is confirmed, a geotechnical survey is performed to determine whether or not the structure contains asbestos.
Asbestos abatement contractors are hired to address the health and safety risks related to asbestos exposure. Though asbestos has been largely phased out from our daily lives, the risks associated with asbestos exposure continue to remain.
People who have been exposed to asbestos must consult their doctors about the proper course of action after making sure that they have already had enough time to recover from the exposure. The extent of damage caused to human health depends on the amount of exposure to asbestos, and the rate of exposure. In general, asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer can be prevented by following a lifelong anti-asbestos program.