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Asbestos Encapsulation

Asbestos encapsulation refers to the treatment of asbestos containing materials with sealants. Essentially, it means covering or preventing access to the exposed asbestos fibres to stop them from shedding away and becoming airborne.

Encapsulation process is a faster and less expensive way to contain asbestos, but it is also more of a temporary measure than a permanent solution as inevitably it will still have to be removed professionally, but this option gives time, safety, and peace of mind in the short to medium term. It can be used if the original asbestos bond is still intact and it would create a greater risk to remove the asbestos.

As an asbestos specialist, ACM Removals Ltd are able to provide guidance on the encapsulation process and when encapsulation is the best solution. Our company has experience with assessing whether a material is suitable for encapsulation and we have the skills to do so safely, in accordance with regulations.

Asbestos is usually encapsulated in a resilient matrix, so there is little opportunity for asbestos fibres to become airborne unless the matrix is damaged. For example:

  • reinforced plastics,
  • vinyls,
  • resins,
  • mastics,
  • bitumen,
  • flexible plasters and
  • cements.

Encapsulation helps protect the asbestos from mechanical damage, increases the length of the product’s serviceability and may also be used to prevent the release of airborne asbestos during its removal. However, it is important to know that even encapsulated, asbestos should not be exposed to mechanical damage, such as drilling or sanding.

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