Asbestos was commonly used in construction and building materials due to its heat-resistance and insulation properties. However, it was banned in the 1970s after research showed that this mineral fiber can collect in the lungs and cause dangerous health problems, such as respiratory disease and lung cancer. If you scheduled asbestos removal in your home or business, here is an overview of what to expect from this process.
How Does the Asbestos Removal Process Work?
Set Up the Work Area
The first step in the asbestos removal process is to set up the work area and protect your home from the spread of asbestos fibers. This includes sealing air ducts and vents, turning off all HVAC systems, and covering the floors, walls, and ceilings with plastic.
Remove Asbestos-Containing Materials
As a safety protocol, technicians must wear abatement suits and full-mask respirators before they can handle asbestos-containing materials. They will use hand tools to remove asbestos from the home. For proper disposal, the materials will be sealed in leak-tight containers and processed through a waste decontamination unit. They will then be stored in a special trailer or dumpster for safe transport away from the site.
Conduct a Thorough Cleaning
After all of the asbestos-containing materials have been removed, the last step is to conduct a thorough cleaning. The technicians will do a wet wipe of all surfaces and multiple rounds of vacuuming with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum. This is to remove any lingering asbestos particles. Samples will also be taken around the site to test for any presence of the mineral fiber. Once they have been cleared, you can return to your home.
If you are seeking asbestos removal services, contact the experts at Northeast Environmental LLC as soon as possible. For more than 30 years, this certified company has offered asbestos removal and mold remediation for residential and commercial clients throughout Bergen County, NJ. They also offer asbestos testing, home inspections, and insulation installation. Call (201) 708-4270 today to schedule an appointment with a contractor or visit their website to learn more about their full list of services.