What is Asbestos Encapsulation?

Some forms of asbestos may be too difficult or costly to remove but may still be a danger, in scenarios like this we turn to encapsulation.

Asbestos encapsulation covers the material in a restrictive matrix that will limit fibres from getting airborne and causing harm. Before encapsulating a section of asbestos, our asbestos encapsulation contractors first coat the area in an asbestos sealant solution forming a prime seal and an initial layer of protection. Once we have primed the surface it is time to add a hardier layer of protection, this can range from coating the material with our special paint or covering the asbestos material/area with a safe modern material.

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Asbestos encapsulation versus removal: Which option is best?

Removing asbestos is generally the preferred method when it comes to containing asbestos, as it completely removes the risk of asbestos exposure. It involves a licensed asbestos specialist inspecting a site, removing any asbestos-containing materials and disposing of them in a government-approved waste site. If a building only contains a small amount of asbestos that’s easily accessible, removal is usually the preferred method. However, if large amounts are needed for removal or if the risk of causing more problems from removal is high, encapsulation may be advised instead.

Asbestos encapsulation versus removal: Which option is best?

Cost-effective: If large amounts of asbestos are present, encapsulation may be a cheaper alternative to removal.

Easier: Due to the number of safety precautions needed to safely remove asbestos, a building owner may prefer a quicker fix to avoid significant downtime.

Safer: In some instances, encapsulation may be safer than removal. This is common with historical buildings, as interfering with building materials can affect the structural integrity.

Asbestos encapsulation contractors spray a special sealant solution onto the affected areas which prevents fibres from becoming airborne.

Asbestos-containing materials can deteriorate over time, releasing toxic fibres into the air which can be easily breathed in. When asbestos is covered in a resistant material, it effectively creates a layer of protection, stopping the material from corroding and being dangerous.

If asbestos can be removed without affecting the structural integrity of a building, we highly recommend it over encapsulation. This is because your building will need to be regularly tested to ensure no leaks are occurring. We recommend encapsulation be used as either an interim method or only on materials that can’t be removed without causing extensive damage to the property.

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Encapsulate Asbestos Ceiling

Does your home have popcorn ceilings? Popcorn ceilings or ‘spray-on textured ceilings’ were popular between the 1950s and 80s, as it was a popular way for builders to hide imperfections. Made with between 1 and 10 percent asbestos, popcorn ceilings are one of the most common forms of asbestos Australia wide. The big problem is popcorn ceilings isn’t the amount of asbestos present, but more so the crumbly nature of it. Encapsulating popcorn ceilings is a common method as it’s more cost effective than removing it – especially if popcorn ceilings are present throughout the entire house. Find out more about whether you should encapsulate asbestos ceiling by calling us today.

Looking For Asbestos Encapsulation Near Me?

Contact Myers Asbestos Removal today to chat with one of our asbestos encapsulation contractors. Remember, there’s no such thing as a safe amount of asbestos, so if you suspect your home may be built using asbestos-containing materials, we urge you to get in touch. You can call us on 0412 314 588 or via our online and one of our asbestos sample testing experts will be in touch shortly.

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