Safe Asbestos Removal – Never Clean It Yourself

You own an old house or you’re buying one and find out it has asbestos and everyone keeps telling you to remove it, but don’t know what asbestos is let alone how to deal with it. 

Asbestos is a result of six naturally occurring minerals. All these minerals are composed of thin fibers that are also composed of thinner microscopic fibrils that can be released into the atmosphere. 

Inhaling these asbestos fibers can lead to very severe and serious lung conditions such as cancer and asbestosis. Asbestos is a heat resistant and electrical insulator material which made it back in the days to be a very preferred material for building purposes.

This material was widely used during the 20th century until the 1970s, despite the fact that the public was getting familiar with the fact that asbestos is a health and safety hazard. However lately this material due to its high risk of exposure to it, is getting banned and illegal in many countries.

Safe Asbestos Removal – Never Clean It Yourself

Removing asbestos is not typical construction or reconstruction work. It needs special trained staff and protective measures. It is very important to never clean it yourself to prevent asbestos exposure which will give you serious problems with your health.

Knowing the fact that this material is banned around the world for its high risk toxicity, means you should always ask for an asbestos removal company’s help. Asbestos-containing products that are not damaged or worn and broken are considered to be safe. 

If the product is damaged already, asbestos fibers can easily become airborne and enter your respiratory system. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure so to prevent this, it should be handled only by professionals with the appropriate equipment. 

The Removal Process

A licensed professional will perform an inspection to test any potentially dangerous asbestos-containing product. Individuals with no safe equipment should not touch the toxic materials. Then the inspector will determine if it only needs encapsulation or a complete removal of the materials. 

After the inspection the professionals will decide what will happen next. If it only needs to be encapsulated then a coat of sealant will be applied on the asbestos materials, preventing the fibers from becoming dangerous. If the damage is severe and the removal is necessary, the process will continue with prepping the area. 

This includes turning off any ventilation system to prevent fibers from circulating into the air, covering the work area with plastic sheets, clean and vacuum the space after removal and place all dangerous damaged asbestos into containers that are sealed tight. 

The team that will do the work should be wearing safe coveralls with masks and then clean properly and decontaminate after finishing the job. After the removal is done, the asbestos materials will be disposed of to a landfill that is qualified to receive this kind of waste.

Why Icon Restoration Is The Right Choice

Before moving forward with any restoration, homeowners should search for and find the right company. Icon Restoration is the one company that provides water cleanup & restoration, fire and smoke restoration, and also many environmental services such as mold and asbestos removal. 

We are an insured and certified restoration company that is qualified to work in GTA Toronto. Also, we are more than ready to fulfill your needs with excellence. Choose a company with years of hands-on experience. Call our 24/7 support team at (416) 901-4266 or send us an e-mail at info@iconrestoration.com.