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Asbestos Abatement | Questions & Answers

Precision Environmental has over 40 years of experience performing Asbestos Abatement and Encapsulation, which enables us to provide realistic solutions that mitigate the danger of hazardous materials.

Following industry standards, Precision Environmental professionals assess each environmental situation before creating a plan to remove and rebuild any property type. In addition, our environmental remediation experts come equipped with all the best industry technology to diagnose your situation correctly.

Discovering Asbestos or Lead in your property, either from routine maintenance or just by chance, is an emergency. Due to severe potential health risks, both Asbestos and Lead need to be handled with the utmost professionalism and urgency. Due to its hazardous nature and government regulations, Asbestos and Lead removal is an intricate process, from inspections, testing, and properly disposing of the dangerous materials. The smartest move when it comes to asbestos or lead is calling Precision Environmental.

Asbestos Abatement or Asbestos Encapsulation?

These two terms are thrown around the asbestos industry daily but may not mean much to the average consumer. Asbestos Abatement is another term for Asbestos Removal. It is exactly as it sounds, the asbestos is removed from the building component, etc. The advantage of asbestos removal or abatement is that you do not have to deal with the asbestos again after it is professionally removed.

Asbestos Encapsulation is a term used when asbestos is left in place but covered with a protective barrier to reduce risk of asbestos exposure when around this asbestos. The advantage of asbestos encapsulation is that you typically save time and money upfront, but the disadvantage is that the asbestos is not gone, and you will likely have to deal with it again. When you deal with it again, it should be expected that the costs will increase annually as landfill fees, permit fees, equipment costs, etc. This factor tends to escalate annually in the asbestos industry.

What is safer, Asbestos Abatement or Asbestos Encapsulation?

You may hear comments that asbestos should be encapsulated versus removed for safety. This statement is not correct assuming you have licensed professionals that correctly perform the removal. The removal process/practices/equipment/etc, have come a long way and are very safe and effective. Post removal air testing is also available for the added peace of mind that your asbestos removal project was done correctly.

How Much Does Asbestos Abatement (Removal) Cost?

Asbestos removal costs are mainly dependent on the material being removed, the size of the contaminated area, and disposal fees. Preparation and setup for asbestos removal is the most significant factor when determining asbestos removal cost. A small area with asbestos tile may only need a single room protected from contamination, but an entire floor would require far more materials and preparation to prevent additional exposure. Disposal fees vary by location, as do material costs. Generally, a residential and a commercial building have the same challenges for asbestos removal. The primary difference is that a commercial space often has more square footage than a residence, and it may cost more to seal off the area during the prep. Removal and disposal techniques are the same for a commercial building as for a residential house. Still, only a licensed professional like Precision Environmental can perform asbestos abatement in a commercial building or multifamily dwelling.

Where is Asbestos found in buildings?

Common locations where asbestos is found include:

  • Roofing shingles
  • Siding
  • Insulation
  • Textured Paint
  • Patching compounds
  • Gas fireplace components
  • Millboard or cement sheets in the walls and floors
  • Tape or blankets used to cover hot water or steam pipes

What are some of the dangers of having Asbestos in your building?

Some of the biggest health problems associated with asbestos are:

  • Asbestosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung Cancer

What to expect during the Asbestos Abatement process?

Containment: We set up a highly regulated work area, sealing air ducts, disabling HVAC systems, setting up negative air pressure equipment, and covering surfaces not treated for asbestos. This is done to prevent any asbestos fibers from escaping the area.

Removal: Using abatement suits and personal air monitoring equipment, our team will manually remove the asbestos-containing materials, sealing them in special asbestos disposal bags. Finally, we dispose of the waste according to government and safety regulations.

Cleaning: All surfaces are wet wiped, and HEPA vacuumed to ensure any lingering asbestos particles in the air are removed. We take air and surface samples and test them independently before removing our containment barriers and allowing occupants to return.

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