How Long Does the Process Take for Asbestos Removal?

Asbestos is a very hazardous material that was once used in many building materials across the country. It’s typically found in roofing, wall insulation materials, and heat shields. This substance causes different health problems, including cancer.

When asbestos is detected on a property, it has to be safely removed. Asbestos removal takes a bit of time. It should not be done at a fast pace or in a rush. If you do, this could damage the area being worked on and even yourself if you have prolonged exposure while removing it. 

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Steps to Remove Asbestos

The asbestos removal process usually consists of the following steps:

  • Inspect the area to see if it contains asbestos. If so, then you have to find out how thick the material is and what sort of condition it’s in.
  • If there are any removed materials that are known to contain asbestos, they should be wrapped in plastic and placed outside or into special containers for later disposal.
  • Depending on how much work needs to be done, you may need additional safety equipment, such as respirators and other protective wear.
  • Prepare the area by covering flooring, windows, and furniture with plastic or another type of sheeting. This will prevent having to make additional trips back to the area once you spray it.
  • Prepare a mixture of water and chemicals which are approved for asbestos removal by city specifications.
  • Place the mixed solution into a spray bottle and spray the mixture onto the asbestos materials. This will make it easier to remove and also keep everything wet while you work on it, preventing dust from flying around.
  • Work on removing the asbestos materials by scraping them into a plastic bucket that will be disposed of later.
  • Once all of the hazardous material is removed, wash the area thoroughly with a strong jet of water to remove any toxins and chemicals.
  • Once you have completed all of this, take out any furniture or objects that were wrapped in plastic and discard them by placing them in a special garbage bag.

After everything is done, it’s best to have a professional come out and go over the area to check for any remaining asbestos. The process is quite risky if you don’t have enough experience managing hazardous materials. For this reason, it’s always best to hire a professional. Overall, the removal process for asbestos can take anywhere from a week to months depending on the size of the project and how much work needs to be done. Safeguard yourself, your loved ones and ensure a job well done when you hire our team here at Prime Demolition.

Vacating Your Property

It may not be safe to be inside your property during the removal process, depending on the severity of the asbestos contamination. If this is the case, you can consider applying for a loan from your bank to cover the costs of relocating during the process.

Quality Assurance & Inspection Services

It’s best to hire an inspector during the process of asbestos removal. This way, if any mistakes are made, which may put you at risk, you can be notified immediately and the problem is rectified quickly. If you have a good inspector, they will make sure the job is done without any problems or shortcuts.

Testing for Asbestos

The cost can vary depending on who you hire and how much work needs to be done. Before moving forward with the removal process, make sure to get all results back from your test, including any possible lead contamination. If you are risk-averse, this will help you plan on how to handle the project safely yourself.

If any contamination is found, you will have some homework to do before starting the removal process because some additional steps need to be taken beforehand. For example, if your test results come back positive for lead contamination, then you may need to hire out a separate company to handle the removal of the lead contamination. Thankfully, here at Prime Demolition we abide by all EPA and OSHA regulations that have been set forth for this specialized type of work.

If you have any questions or concerns, we’re here to help you manage it all right off the bat. Our experts will be able to guide you through this process in an efficient manner and can help relieve any stress throughout this whole process.

Post Asbestos Cleaning Testing

After everything is completed, it’s best to have an inspector come out and take a look at the area to make sure that everything was done properly. This will help avoid additional expenses or legal problems which may arise if you don’t do this. 

The cost of the post-testing is around $300 to $600 for a small apartment and up to several thousand dollars for a large-scale project. The cost of testing includes all air quality tests, visual inspections, and other ways the inspector ensures the area is free from contamination or further health risks. Call our team today for an all-in-one solution that won’t break the bank. 

How Long Does the Process Take for Asbestos Removal? 

It’s a long process, but it’s worth the time and money to ensure that you are done with this type of contamination on your property. In some cases, asbestos removal can take up to a month or two depending on the size of the area affected.

Contact Us Today for Asbestos Removal!

Asbestos can be hard to remove, which is why it’s best to contact a demolition company before starting this process. Prime Demolition works with you side by side in order to do all that’s required for your safety and the safety of your family or employees. With many years in the industry, we have the necessary tools and equipment for this type of project, and we follow strict procedures and regulations.

If you need any help with asbestos removal, contact Prime Demolition today for a free quote. In most cases, we can complete the process in one to two weeks, depending on the situation. Call us now at  919-751-6100.

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