Asbestos encapsulation is a method of coating asbestos in a seamless protective coating. It is a safe, fast and cost-effective alternative to asbestos removal. If you have asbestos in your building and it is in a good condition, needs only a few repairs or making watertight, then Midlands Asbestos Solutions offers a full asbestos encapsulation service.
What does asbestos encapsulation involve?
During the process of asbestos encapsulation, Midlands Asbestos Solutions will spray or paint the asbestos surface with a rubber-based coating. We used two different materials, both of which have been tested to appropriate British Standards.
SerpiCoat – this is a thick bridging encapsulant or sealant. It is touch-dry within 1-2 hours, and can be recoated in another 8-16 hours.
ET 150 – this is a durable, flexible water-resistant encapsulant for both internal and external use. It is touch dry within 2 hours, and fully dry within 24 hours.
The asbestos encapsulation coatings will:
- Protect and repair any damaged asbestos
- Seal any exposed, raw asbestos edges
- Protect against any circumstances of knocks and scrapes releasing fibres
- Reduces any fiber release through general degradation
Is Asbestos encapsulation safe?
Once our asbestos encapsulation product is applied it will prevent the material from cracking, flaking and breaking – provided that it is left untouched and not disturbed in any way.
Asbestos encapsulation can last for upwards of 25 years. However, it is important that the material is periodically managed on a yearly basis as part of an asbestos management plan, which is part of our asbestos encapsulation service.
It is advised that the encapsulated asbestos is periodically inspected yearly as part of on-going asbestos management. Midlands Asbestos Solutions offers a full re-inspection service.
Why choose asbestos encapsulation over removal?
Asbestos removal isn’t always the most suitable option. It can sometimes be difficult and costly. If professionals do not remove asbestos then the process itself can lead to fibres being released into the environment.
Normally asbestos in good condition can be encapsulated so it remains this way for longer. Midlands Asbestos Removal can repair and make safe any ‘exposed asbestos’ without complete removal, which will save money and ensure any on-site disturbance is kept to an absolute minimum.