The main steps involved in a typical asbestos removal project are:
1. Prior to performing any asbestos removal work, technicians establish a regulated work area and isolate that area from the rest of the home or building using 6-mil plastic sheeting.
2. High Efficiency Particulate Air (H.E.P.A.) air filtration machines are utilized to establish a negative air environment to prevent migration of asbestos fibers from the work area.
3. Technicians don protective suits and respirators and then enter the work area.
4. Technicians carefully remove the asbestos materials while using amended water to dampen the asbestos fibers allowing its aggregation to facilitate removal.
5. All surfaces are H.E.P.A. vacuumed and damp wiped as a final clean.
6. An encapsulant is applied that locks down possible asbestos fibers that may remain after final cleaning activities.
7. All waste in the work area is bagged, properly labeled and transported from the building in accordance state and federal regulations.
8. An independent testing company conducts a final visual inspection. If the work area passes the visual inspection, the testing company conducts clearance air testing to verify that the work area is safe for re-occupancy.