As asbestos is a hazardous building material, there are certain recommended ways and safety measures to be followed when it comes to asbestos disposal. The four main methods comprise of controlled wet stripping, dry stripping, hot stripping and removal by high pressured water.
Contrary to popular belief, even if asbestos has been used in many old building construction projects, often it is safer to allow the material to remain than having to remove it. Experts state that, unless it is found necessary, asbestos should not be removed or disposed of. The natural form of this mineral is not hazardous as it is felt to be. In past decades, it has been used in different commercial, industrial and residential construction projects. From constructing boats to buildings, it is a common construction, a mineral used in different forms. It has several beneficial properties that make it ideal for construction such as being able to resist high temperature, abrasion, alkaline and acid solutions and has insulating properties to offer.
The hazardous qualities of asbestos come through when this material is disturbed. If it is sawed or crushed, chiseled or handled by humans manually, that is when a toxic powder is formed. The powder can affect the lungs and cause an aggressive form of cancer. For such reasons, the handling of asbestos or removal of the same has to be done by qualified and licensed contractors or workers.
Asbestos in its fragile state should not be worked upon. When removal becomes a necessity, it can be done by the stripping methods mentioned. Dry stripping involves removing asbestos without moisture. This is the least recommended process as a lot of dust is generated and level of toxins released into the air is very high. The process of asbestos removal by directing high-pressure water is a recommended way to remove asbestos. When water is directed at high pressure onto asbestos tiles, these are removed by force and help to prevent the particles from rising in the air. Controlled wet stripping is a process of injecting warm water into asbestos, which in turn weighs down the materials and controls the dust that is released when the asbestos tiles need to be removed.
Hot stripping is another technique whereby a ventilation system is created where all the residue can be collected. Asbestos fibers are blown out by hot air and collected in this system. Any of such procedures should not be tried without professional help. If you are looking for asbestos removal vancouver try the Vancouver Pros.