What is Black Mastic and its Role in Asbestos Abatement?
Black mastic is a type of adhesive known as “black mastic glue” that was widely used in flooring and insulation during the 20th century. However, it is important to note that it may contain asbestos, which is a dangerous substance that can cause lung cancer and other serious health problems.
When it comes to removal, it is crucial to take the necessary safety precautions due to the potential presence of asbestos. The question “is black mastic dangerous” can be answered with a yes, as it can be hazardous if not handled properly.
This is why it is recommended to hire trained professionals who are equipped with the right tools and protective gear to safely and effectively remove the material in the context of asbestos abatement.
Can Greenville Property Owners Safely Remove Black Mastic?
Mastic removal is NOT a DIY project for homeowners or businesses. Within the mastic, there can be materials and particles that can be very harmful to your health. While less of a concern today due to the change and advancement of flooring types, resilient floorings like sheet vinyl and vinyl tiles were glued down to the subfloor.
It may come as a surprise to property owners who are remodeling or renovating to find spots of black adhesive when removing old vinyl or linoleum flooring. This is typically referred to as black mastic and asbestos is commonly present in it.
Asbestos removal is a highly regulated process and must be handled by certified professionals with the proper equipment and training to safely remove and dispose of asbestos containing materials (ACM).
Asbestos fibers, when inhaled, can lead to serious health issues such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. Therefore, it is crucial to recognize and deal with it in your property properly before taking any action.
How Peerless Environmental Removes Mastic
Peerless Environmental is a trusted and reliable contractor for the safe removal of mastic. In a recent project, mastic was removed from a church tile floor that was used as a tile adhesive. The mastic being removed contained asbestos, which required it to be removed in a controlled containment chamber.
We accomplished this by sealing all of the walls and ceiling with a plastic barrier and creating negative air pressure within the room. Negative air machines were used to prevent the possibility of cross-contamination into adjoining areas beyond the area of containment and all materials were disposed of safely according to regulations.
Don’t DYI Black Mastic Removal
As a Greenville area property owner, don’t be tempted to remove mastic without being well-equipped and educated about the removal processes. The potential health risks are not worth it. Rely on a professional.
Peerless is fearless when it comes to the safe approach and remediation of their customers’ homes and businesses. We are a certified asbestos removal company, fully licensed and insured to provide safe and effective asbestos abatement services. Contact us today for more information or a no-cost no-obligation site inspection and project review for Asbestos Mastic Removal, Radon Mitigation, or Crawl Space Encapsulation.
Last updated on February 2nd, 2023 at 05:47 pm