Even though “asbestos” incites the same visceral feeling as the terms “nuclear” or “terminal” these days, awareness of the true health cost of asbestos exposure is only a few decades old. In fact, asbestos continued to be used in the construction of many structures up until as late as 1989. For older houses, buildings, and other structures, an asbestos testing process is always recommended. But if asbestos is discovered, where does one go from there? In this piece, we’re going to take a quick look at a typical asbestos abatement and removal process.
Establishing a Safety Perimeter
It is recommended asbestos be completely removed. During the demolition process or even in the process of asbestos removal, asbestos exposure can increase dramatically. It’s for this reason that a very specific protocol is undertaken to limit the exposure of asbestos. Asbestos specialists will cover floors, walls, ceilings, and other surfaces in the path of the removal process to limit contaminating these areas. These areas are usually covered with a protective plastic or another type of material that will too be disposed of later.
Safely Removing the Asbestos
Donning specialized suits and breathing apparatuses, a team of hazardous material specialists carefully remove all traces of asbestos. A certain variety of tools are used in this process. The asbestos is placed into bags specifically designed for asbestos containment. The bags are completely sealed and removed through a predetermined passageway along the safety perimeter to limit exposure. The trucks and trailers that transport the asbestos also must meet certain criteria. The dumpsters used in this process are also specialized. After the bulk of the asbestos has been removed, many areas are cleaned and vacuumed in accordance with the established laws. The air in the area may also be purified to reduce the chances of inhaling residual contaminants.
Once the asbestos has been bagged, sealed, and removed from a demolition site, it is transported to an approved EPA landfill. At this landfill, the sealed asbestos is completely buried to reduce the likelihood of it becoming exposed to air.
Older structures should be assumed to contain asbestos unless otherwise tested. In order to test your a home or other structure for the presence of asbestos or other hazardous materials, the demolition professionals from DT Specialized Services can help. If asbestos is discovered, the team of asbestos abatement specialists from DT can safely remove it. Let DT make asbestos one less thing to worry about.