The term asbestos describes six naturally occurring fibrous minerals found in certain types of rock formations. When processed asbestos is separated into very thin fibers that can be present in the air and are invisible to the naked eye.
Asbestos when airborne and inhaled during the course of mining, manufacture and installation has often proven very harmful to human health. Asbestos fibers can cause serious health problems. If inhaled, asbestos fibers can cause diseases which disrupt the normal functioning of the lungs. Three specific diseases have been linked to Asbestos - asbestosis ( a fibrous scarring of the lungs), lung cancer and mesothelioma ( a cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity).
Asbestos in buildings has been commonly used for thermal insulation, fireproofing and in various building materials such as floor covering, ceiling tile, cement pipe and sheeting, granular and corrugated paper wrap, acoustical and decorative treatments for ceilings and walls.
Asbestos-Containing-Materials can be hazardous when, due to damage, disturbance or deterioration over time, they release fibers into building air.
Special work practices can be considered like collecting residual dust, wet wiping, area isolation, the HEPA vacuuming and special cleaning techniques, which should supplement encapsulation and encasement.
It is a procedure to control fiber release from asbestos-containing materials in a building or to remove it entirely. This may involve removal, encapsulation, repair, enclosure, encasement and operations/maintenance programs.
No, the EPA states that when asbestos is found in a building, very often it is better to manage it in-place rather than attempt removal.
GLOBAL Encasement, Inc. is an advocate of the in-place management of hazardous materials. This means that instead of removal in most cases we recommend using an Encasement system to secure the material and stop it from contaminating indoor air quality. All of our products have been fully tested for this purpose and as an abatement method will save our customers up to 90% over removal, disposal, and repainting regardless of the size of the job.
AsbestoSafe® TopCoat can be used on an old flooring if it will then be covered over with carpeting, wood flooring, tile or linoleum.
AsbestoSafe® and PrepLESS Primer™ have been fully tested for use over asbestos-containing materials. They are Class “A” Fire Rated which means they will not adversely affect the fire rating of your substrate and the products are classified non-combustible which means they are acceptable for use over furnaces, radiators, and other heat producing building components.