Asbestos abatement protects people from dangerous asbestos exposure by preventing asbestos containing materials from releasing their toxic fibers into the air. Asbestos abatement can be accomplished in many ways, but should always be done by an asbestos abatement specialist.

What is Asbestos?  

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was widely used in building materials, clothing, and commercial and residential products up until the late 1970s. Asbestos was an ideal material for construction and consumer products because asbestos fibers are durable, flexible, and virtually indestructible. However, asbestos fibers are dangerous when inhaled because they remain permanently lodged in the body and can cause severe and fatal diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.

Asbestos Abatement Methods 

There are four asbestos abatement methods:

  • removal
  • encapsulation
  • enclosure
  • monitoring

Asbestos Removal: Asbestos removal is an asbestos abatement process in which asbestos containing materials are physically removed from a building or product. Asbestos removal is a very dangerous asbestos abatement method and should only be done by a certified asbestos abatement professional. Asbestos removal is also very expensive, costing between 15 and 25 dollars per square foot. Although, asbestos removal is typically the most expensive asbestos abatement method, it is the only asbestos abatement method that permanently removes the toxic mineral from the premises. 

Asbestos Encapsulation: Asbestos encapsulation is an asbestos abatement process that involves spraying asbestos containing materials with a sealant, such as paint, that temporarily binds the asbestos fibers to the material. Although this asbestos abatement method only costs 2 to 6 dollars per foot, it makes future asbestos abatement more difficult and requires inspection because the sealant may eventually deteriorate.

Asbestos Enclosure: Asbestos enclosure is an asbestos abatement process that involves building an airtight barrier around asbestos containing materials. This asbestos abatement method only costs 8 to 12 dollars per square foot, but only temporarily prevents asbestos fibers from being released into the air.

Asbestos Monitoring: Asbestos monitoring is the cheapest and easiest asbestos abatement method. Asbestos monitoring involves leaving asbestos containing materials undisturbed, labeling them, and periodically examining the materials for damage.

Information on Asbestos Abatement

If you or a loved one has been injured by asbestos, or would like more information about asbestos abatement, please contact us today.

Published November 17, 2011 by