Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous mineral that was used for affordable building insulation commonly in the form of “popcorn ceilings” pre-1970s. This was when it was discovered that asbestos is a carcinogen, linked to respiratory, neurological, and developmental problems. At The Commercial Cleaning Services, we provide asbestos removal (also known as asbestos abatement), safely removing and disposing of this harmful material.
ASBESTOS INSPECTION AND BULK SAMPLING:
An asbestos survey and bulk sampling will be conducted to identify the presence and location(s) of asbestos-containing building materials. Samples will be collected from two (2) small structures at the site. Bulk samples will be taken from interior and exterior building materials in accordance with EPA guidelines. Three samples of each suspect material will be collected. Samples will be analyzed via PLM (Polarized Light Microscopy) for asbestos type and content.
Once the presence of asbestos is confirmed, a detailed plan will be drawn up, assessing risk and establishing safe procedure. Clear demarcation provides abatement technicians with the most efficient (and safest) path to follow.
SEALING THE AREA:
Sealing the affected areas is one of the most important parts of the asbestos abatement process. Asbestos fibers can be microscopic, and the risk of contaminating otherwise clean areas is high. Part of this process will involve cutting off any HVAC or circulation system and physically sealing off areas with tarps and heavy duty adhesives.
Once the service space is secure, the removal process can begin. Should the contamination be non-severe, the area may be coated with a sealant. Otherwise, technicians will first wet the materials and then cut them out/scrape them off with various tools. Wetting the material is crucial - this prevents particles from floating around.
STORAGE AND DISPOSAL:
Due to asbestos's toxic nature, its disposal must be handled with just as much care as its removal. Durable, air-tight disposal bags and containers with strong linings must be used to prevent leaks or cross-contamination. Waste management professionals will then take the asbestos to a certified landfill.
The post-removal cleanup process is extensive for good reason; as mentioned, asbestos fibers are microscopic, and clearing contaminants is challenging once they are airborne. Technicians use vacuums with HEPA filters to clear the environment, and wet methods to wipe down surfaces, ceilings, floors, and equipment.