Asbestos a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion. Breathing asbestos fibers can cause a build-up of scar-like tissue in the lungs called asbestosis. Prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious and fatal illnesses including lung cancer and mesothelioma. There are no safe levels of asbestos. If you suspect asbestos in your home or business, it is critical that you contact a company skilled in asbestos removal.
WrightWay enlists the following process for asbestos removal:
- Avoids spreading or tracking asbestos dust into other areas of your home.
- Disposes of all materials, disposable equipment and clothing used in the job in sealed, leak-proof, and labeled heavy-duty plastic bags. The work site should be visually free of dust and debris.
- Upon completion, entire area is thoroughly cleaned with wet mops, wet rags, sponges, or HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuum cleaners. Regular vacuums carry the risk of spreading contaminants in the air.
- Does not break removed material into small pieces. This could release asbestos fibers into the air.
- Applies a wetting agent to the asbestos material with a hand sprayer that creates a fine mist before removal. Wet fibers do not float in the air as easily as dry fibers and will be easier to clean up.
- Marks work site as a hazard area. Household members and pets should be be allowed into the area until work is complete.
- Seals the work area from the rest of the house using plastic sheeting and duct tape, and turns off the heating and air conditioning system. For some repairs, such as pipe insulation removal, plastic glove bags may be adequate. They must be sealed with tape and properly disposed of when the job is complete.