On our website and around the internet, you’ve probably seen both the terms “asbestos abatement” and “asbestos removal,” and you’re probably wondering what the difference is. In this blog, we’ll go over how the terms are both used interchangeably, but also how asbestos abatement covers multiple processes of dealing with asbestos, as opposed to just removing the asbestos in asbestos removal. Individual state laws may define asbestos abatement in more details, in conjunction with how they license asbestos contractors.
The Two Parts of Asbestos Abatement
The first step of any asbestos abatement project is the detection and testing for asbestos. Once asbestos has been detected and identified, it’s time to figure out the best way of neutralizing it. This usually comes in two distinct methods, either removing the asbestos entirely or using best practices and encapsulation to contain it. Which to use will often rely on the location of the material, the budget, and the condition of the building. Check out our blog, Asbestos Encapsulation Versus Asbestos Removal, for more details on the differences between these two methods.
One: Removal of Asbestos
The best option when it comes to asbestos is almost always to have it removed. The removal process for asbestos usually includes sealing off the affected areas to contain any asbestos that will be kicked up during removal. The asbestos is then removed, the area cleaned, and then it is ready for remodeling or rebuilding. Even in full building demolition where removal is mandatory, asbestos removal usually needs to occur before the rest of the demolition process.
Two: Containment of Asbestos
The second option is to leave the asbestos in the building, but through containment to keep it from being a hazard. This includes using encapsulation methods to seal, bind, or resurface materials such as walls, ceilings, or pipes that contain asbestos or asbestos coverings. These seal the friable asbestos away from being able to become airborne. Note while asbestos encapsulation usually has a lower cost and work time, it does leave the hazard for future generations and needs to be disclosed to those who might work in or buy the property.
When it comes to asbestos removal, abatement, or remediation, it’s important to know what exactly what your options are. Contact Fiber Control, Inc. to get started with a consultation, from inspection all the way to removal. We’re licensed and insured asbestos contractors for Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as dealing with both mold remediation and lead RRP.