Asbestos remediation covers multiple processes and procedures for dealing with construction materials that contain asbestos. When property is inspected and asbestos found, the remediation company will provide different options depending on the material, its location, age, and status, and the future plans of the property by the owner. When it comes to removing the threat of asbestos, there are two major methods: asbestos encapsulation, and asbestos removal. Here, we’re going to talk about both and when to use them.
What’s the Difference Between Encapsulation and Removal?
Asbestos is dangerous, but it’s important to understand the remediation options. Asbestos causes harm when fibers from the asbestos become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs which leads to numerous medical issues. These methods work in two ways:
- Encapsulation seals away asbestos. This is done by applying an EPA certified sealant to the area the provides a protective coating. As long as the seal is not broken, the asbestos cannot be released.
- Removal takes asbestos out of the property. Through demolition of the asbestos-containing structures, the asbestos is removed and disposed of. This is a two-stage process that includes first sealing off the affected rooms.
What Scenarios are Best for These Asbestos Remediation Options?
When it comes to picking between your remediation options, you’ve got several factors to consider.
- Buying or Selling: If you’re selling a home, encapsulation still means you have to disclose the presence of asbestos.
- Remodeling: If you’re planning on remodeling the area, removal may make more sense to avoid breaking the encapsulation seal.
- Locations of Material: Where is the asbestos located? If in a place that’s hard or impossible to properly encapsulate, removal might be a better option.
- Type of Material: Some materials can cause more issues during removal or encapsulation, spending on their age and location.
- Budget: Both encapsulation and removal have different costs associated with them, depending on the type and scope of both services.
When it comes to deciding how to deal with your asbestos problem, it’s important to get a consultation from the experts. Fiber Control, Inc. is an asbestos remediation specialist, with years of experience in the field. Reach out to us to get started, and we’ll help you figure out which options are right for you.