What is Asbestos Abatement and Why Is It Important?
Edmonton asbestos abatement is the removal of asbestos from a building or home. It also refers to the process of removing other materials that are hazardous to human health, such as lead paint and mold. These substances are often found in older buildings which may be undergoing renovation or demolition. Asbestos was once used extensively in construction materials like insulation and siding because it is inexpensive and fire-resistant, but its use has been largely phased out due to health concerns about its carcinogenic nature.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends taking precautions when working with friable asbestos while wearing protective gear for your hands, eyes, nose and mouth; limiting exposure time; keeping asbestos-containing material wet during cleanup; sealing off work areas so that no one enters who does not need to be there; and disposing of any materials that contain asbestos in a sealed container.
Asbestos abatement is important because it can prevent the release of fibers from deteriorating insulation, which could otherwise cause severe health problems among workers and building occupants. Asbestos-containing material may also include floor tiles or paint, but these are less likely than insulation to release enough fiber into the air for people to inhale them. To stop this exposure, an asbestos contractor removes all friable material. They will then seal off other areas where they found dangerous substances and install protective barriers around work sites before finishing up with clean-up measures such as vacuuming floors and wiping down surfaces with water mixed with ammonia (a type of bleach).
This way, people can go back to their normal lives and be more healthy, without having to worry about the dangers of asbestos.