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When Is It Safe To Encapsulate vs Remove Asbestos?

Asbestos encapsulation. When is encapsulation the preferred method of asbestos abatement.

We advise that where asbestos containing material or a building element is in good condition or where it is to be undisturbed during building or demolition work, then the penetrant encapsulation method is the safe, economically viable option of asbestos abatement.

Only where a building is set for demolition should traditional methods of asbestos abatement be considered.
Even then we advise that in order to minimise the release of potentially hazards asbestos fibre that the offending material be coated with a penetrant leading up to its removal process thus protecting abatement crews even further.

It is critical that water should not be allowed to impregnate the material after asbestos encapsulation as this could cause the element to become unstable. It also important to consider the future structural integrity of the asbestos element and whether it will be potentially damaged from bumps by workers or their tools and equipment, whether it will be subject to damage from vandalism, vibrations, or any kind of movement.

Where none of these are issues, encapsulation is the most economically viable long term option.

Our penetration method of asbestos encapsulation maintains the integrity of the original asbestos’ properties being their fire retardant, acoustic and thermal insulation properties, obviating the need to remove then replace the material with alternatives driving up costs. It is important to ensure that where asbestos is employed for their fire retardant qualities, that any encapsulant used is indeed itself fire retardant and conforms to legislation.

If you would like to discuss your asbestos abatement options, simply fill out our form and an experienced abatement professional will contact you to discuss your requirements and unique circumstances.