Even though its use has been banned for nearly two decades, unfortunately products manufactured using asbestos fibres are still all around us and sometimes removing these asbestos based products is not always practical. Whether it be asbestos roof sheeting, prefabricated building cladding, ceilings or other cladding products, asbestos encapsulation has become a popular choice where removal of the offending material cannot be done immediately.
What Is Asbestos Encapsulation?
When asbestos is found inside or around your home, school or workplace, it does not necessarily mean that the material containing it should be immediately removed. If it is found that the asbestos containing material has not been damaged and removing immediately it is impractical, asbestos encapsulation is a viable alternative to the more expensive asbestos abatement.
With encapsulation, asbestos containing material is treated with a highly specialised penetrating sealer. These sealers bind with the asbestos fibres, encasing them and effectively locking them in place thus prevent them from dislodging and contaminating the surrounding environment. It is important to make the distinction between painting an asbestos product which simply covers the surface of the asbestos containing product versus asbestos encapsulation which actually penetrates deep into the material and seals the fibres, preventing them from working themselves loose.
Mpumalanga Rubber (Pty) Ltd are Asbestos Encapsulation Specialists.
If you have any concerns about how to deal with potential asbestos containing material, simply fill out the form alongside or feel free to contact us telephonically and we will dispatch a representative to assess your situation before making a recommendation.