There are many buildings that have asbestos because this material was often used in the manufacturing of thermal system insulation, flame retardant and many other materials and products. When it was not used in buildings as a flame retardant or for insulation, it was used applied in technical ducts, over false ceilings and other tiny spaces that would be difficult for a firefighter to gain access. With asbestos being used in so many materials and products, it can make abatement projects challenging. So, what are some safe products that are effective at removing this material from structures?
Asbestos was commonly used as a component in flocked acoustic ceilings also known as cottage cheese or popcorn ceilings. Even though the manufacturing of these types of ceilings was banned in 1978 in the United States, it is possible that homes that were built as late as the mid-1980s still have some asbestos in their ceilings. The only way to be certain is to have a piece of the ceiling tested in a reputable laboratory.
There are some construction industry experts who believe that asbestos is not considered dangerous to occupants in a building as long the fibers are not dislodged. If fibers are not dislodged, they cannot be inhaled.
However, there are some methods in which asbestos has been applied that does pose a risk, especially in the flocking process. Over time, the asbestos fibers can become dislodged and enter into the air.
Products That Can Be Used During The Abatement Process?
If you are preparing an abatement project, it is vital that you have the right tools for the job. This means that in addition to having the right techniques and equipment, you also need to have an arsenal of safe and effective products.
For vinyl tiles, you want to use a product that will make it easier to lift those vinyl tiles up effectively during an abatement project.
You will need an Vinyl Tile Adhesive Remover such as Sentinel 747 Fresh Scent Mastic Remover.
Adhesive indoor carpet removers can also be used for lead and asbestos abatement projects. Sentinel 626 Carpet and Sheet Vinyl Adhesive Remover is a strong, water-based formulation that is completely biodegradable. It is designed to quickly remove sticky materials such as acrylic and latex.
If you need to remove lead and/or asbestos from outdoor carpet, Sentinel 747 Plus Adhesive Remover works on indoor and outdoor carpet. It can also remove and clean black asphalt.
It can be messy and frustrating trying to remove wood flooring when it is glued to subflooring. Sentinel’s 747 Plus Adhesive Remover is a powerful and highly quality remover that is effective at removing wood flooring applications.
Asbestos and lead can cause serious health issues if they are not properly removed from a building. However, when you use quality V.O.C. Compliant products while doing environmental abatement work, you will be able to complete the project effectively, quickly and safely.