Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. It was once known as the "magic mineral" because of its amazing characteristics. Fire resistance, heat insulation, electrical insulation, chemical resistance, tensile strength and resistance to friction wear and tear made it an ideal choice in many building materials. Asbestos can be found in numerous building materials including sheet-rock, joint compound, plaster, flooring, glued, adhesives, and roofing, among many others.
Asbestos which is in good condition does not generally pose a health risk. However, breathing asbestos fibers may lead to serious lung diseases such as lung cancer, asbestos, or mesothelioma. This is why, when asbestos-containing materials are damaged, or if you are planning a renovation project that might impact asbestos-containing materials, you may need to hire an Asbestos Abatement Contractor. ENCO is your best choice for asbestos abatement.
Asbestos Removal is a permanent solution. If the asbestos is damaged or is expected to be impacted by a planned demolition or renovation, removal is probably the best alternative. After asbestos is safely removed, containerized, and disposed of properly, an independent licensed consultant visually verifies the work area is clean. An air test is done to ensure that the area is safe and free of asbestos.
Asbestos is a very good insulator. In some cases, it makes sense to encapsulate the asbestos-containing material. This method uses a special approved encapsulant (either a penetrating liquid or a hard case similar to a cast for a broken bone) to safely seal away the asbestos, while allowing it to remain in place. The beneficial properties of the asbestos are still used, but the risk of exposure is lowered.
This method of asbestos abatement is probably the least common. It involves building a rigid enclosure around asbestos, sealing it away. An example would be constructing a box around pipes.
Sometimes the best solution is just to leave the asbestos alone. If the material is not damaged and is not expected to be disturbed during a demolition or renovation, there is usually no reason to remove the asbestos.
Based on your situation, Removal, Encapsulation, Enclosure, or Management might be the best fit. ENCO will take the time to listen to your concerns and your project goals. With this in mind, we will recommend the best solution based on our decades of experience. The choice is yours. We will never push a service that is not correct for your individual situation.