Asbestos is a building material frequently used from 1930 – 1975. Due to its heat and chemical resistant properties, as you can imagine, asbestos was used for just about anything.
Here are few of the many locations where asbestos has been used:
- Pipe and boiler insulation
- Loose fill insulation
- Asbestos cement products
- Acoustical plaster and tiles
- Roofing felts
- Drywall joint-filling compound
- Coatings and mastics
- Light fixtures
- Exterior cladding
Why did we stop using this conventional material?
Although asbestos was valuable in earlier years, is has been proven to be deadly. If the fibrous material is inhaled it can lead to illnesses such as, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. This being said, it’s important to follow proper training when handling asbestos in order to protect not only yourself but all those around you.
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How Asbestos is Removed
In order to remove asbestos you must complete the proper training and certifications. Once certified, you can choose to either encapsulate the material or remove it completely. Encapsulating consists of spraying the asbestos with an approved sealant that will block any of the fibers from drifting into the air. If you wish to remove the asbestos completely you can use the wet removal method. The wet removal method consists of wetting the asbestos, preventing the fibers from lingering in the air during removal. The dry removal method can also be used; however it may cause fibers to contaminate other rooms within the building.