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Alternatives To Removing Asbestos-Containing Material

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Alternatives To Removing Asbestos-Containing Material

When asbestos-containing material is found in either a residence of a business, the ideal solution is to remove it. But sometimes that is prohibitively difficult. That’s when an asbestos abatement team can come in. An asbestos abatement team has many ways that they can deal with asbestos, only one of which is to get rid of it outright. It’s important to remember that asbestos isn’t harmful unless it infiltrates the air, at which time it becomes hazardous when breathed. As long as the asbestos can be contained, it’s usually not a risk. Painting and Sealing Away Asbestos If asbestos is inside of material in the ceilings, walls or other structural areas of a property, it can often be painted or sealed away using a special paint or sealant. Multiple coats should be used and care should be taken not to break or damage the asbestos-containing material while this job is being done. As with any job that involves asbestos, the asbestos abatement team will need to wear protective gear, including gloves and a breathing mask. A problem with this solution is that the paint and seal can eventually chip away– requiring future treatment. Encapsulation Coating Encapsulation coating is a special type of coating that bonds to asbestos and attempts to keep it from entering into the air. The upside is that this is usually more effective than ordinary thin paints and seals. The downside is that it is a fairly thick coating that appears like a rubber; it’s not really suitable for interior use, such as to coat over an acoustic ceiling. (In fact, most sprayed acoustic coatings cannot be easily covered with anything except another form of spray, such as a spray paint.) Increased Insulation If asbestos is in an area that is never accessed, such as the attic, increased insulation can keep any asbestos fibers isolated from the rest of the property. As an example, insulation foam can be used in any areas where air might pass through the attic and enter into the home, thereby keeping the asbestos contained.  Though asbestos can be safely sealed away, it’s still preferable to remove it entirely. Investing in a complete asbestos removal is usually worth the money. An asbestos abatement team can tell you more about their services and whether they advise either getting rid of the asbestos or simply trying to manage the problem. It’s worth it to note that there are some environments in which the asbestos really cannot be removed safely — such as if you are in an apartment that connects to other...

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Four DIY Home Projects That Might Involve The Risk Of Asbestos

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four DIY Home Projects That Might Involve The Risk Of Asbestos

If you are planning on doing remodeling on your home, it is a good idea to have asbestos testing be a part of any project. With DIY home remodeling becoming more popular, it is important to protect yourself and know the risks, especially if your home was built in the 1970’s or earlier. Here are four standard DIY projects that should involve asbestos testing. 1. Popcorn Ceiling Removal Popcorn ceilings can be removed and smoothed over with a sprayer and scraper, and many homeowners will take this project on themselves. There is a chance that asbestos may be lurking in the paint and insulation materials, and can be unsafe when disrupted. Make sure to have an inspector test for asbestos, in case you should call in a professional for this project. 2. Ripping Up Old Linoleum If you are hoping to put in new carpets or hardwood floors, you might want to rip up old linoleum that has been there for years. You may even discover old linoleum by accident, hidden by carpeting. This can be a danger zone for asbestos and should not be disrupted if found during your project. If you want to pull up old linoleum, make sure to have this tested beforehand, even if you must halt your project in the meantime. 3. Taking Down Old Paint or Wallpaper Taking down old wallpaper or sanding off old paint might seem like a harmless DIY project. If nothing has been updated in decades, you might come in contact with asbestos paint or sealant. Have your walls tested so that you don’t put yourself at risk. Get advice on how to proceed if asbestos is identified. 4. Replacing Floor Heaters or Windows If you are replacing a structure that is built into your home, such as a window or floor heater, the insulation around these items may have been made with asbestos. Before disrupting and removing parts of your home that are built into the wall or structure of your home, have appropriate testing taken into account. These days, lots of homeowners are doing remodeling themselves without the help of professionals. This can be a great way to save money, but don’t put your health at risk just to save a buck. For smaller home projects, there is still a chance that you can come in contact with asbestos. Make sure that your home is tested before you proceed for the health and safety of you and your family. For more information about asbestos testing, contact Vancouver Hazmat Solution or a similar...

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