Do’s and Don’ts in Dealing with Asbestos

Asbestos

Dealing with asbestos is a dangerous task. Frankly speaking, any task related to asbestos, whether removal or sealing, should only be left to professional asbestos experts. if you’re considering any type of home renovation or tearing down a home and building a custom home, you should always consult with an reputable asbestos removal company prior to beginning any work.

Asbestos

Even though the dangers of asbestos are now exposed and are widely known to the public anywhere in the world, there are still some instances where people who have no in-depth training with asbestos handling are inclined to straighten out asbestos problems themselves.

If you are planning to remove asbestos in your home and the amount of asbestos you need to deal with is just minimal, local laws would probably allow it. That being said, just because it is allowed by law, doesn’t mean that it isn’t dangerous.

For conducting DIY asbestos removal in your home, here are some do’s and don’ts you might want to keep in mind:

Do’s

  • Do secure the area where the asbestos containing material is located. Asbestos is most harmful when it gets released in the air. Therefore, you should seal the room you are working in to prevent the asbestos particles from being blown into other rooms.
  • Do warn your family members to keep out of the room where the asbestos is to keep everyone safe.
  • Do wear appropriate clothing before starting the asbestos-related work. Wear high quality protective mask against asbestos, disposable clothing, work boots, and thick gloves.
  • Do wet the area where the asbestos is along with the space around it to minimize the chances of asbestos dust being blown away.
  • Do test the air quality for traces of asbestos after your work is done.
  • Do throw away the clothing you have used to handle asbestos.
  • Do take a shower before getting in contact with anybody else before your asbestos removal task.
  • The best idea is to talk to an expert to find out the safest method and f you can encapsulate or the safest way to remove all asbestos.

Don’ts

  • Don’t scrape, scratch, hammer, or drill the asbestos filled material.
  • Don’t drop the asbestos containing material.
  • Don’t use high-pressure water jet cleaner to wash off any asbestos material.
  • Don’t recklessly sweep asbestos dust around the room.

Asbestos Pipe Encapsulation

Asbestos Pipe

Asbestos is something you should be dealing with and something you shouldn’t even go near to if you’re not a licensed professional who knows exactly what they are doing.

Asbestos is extremely harmful and could cause serious respiratory diseases if inhaled due to improper handling.

 Asbestos Pipe

Despite all the dangers asbestos exposure pose, there are still some people who prefer to do things themselves, including dealing with asbestos due to a variety of reasons. No matter what their reasons may be, the safest way you can resolve problems with asbestos is by calling in professional asbestos abatement or removal company.

When dealing with asbestos, most of the time, encapsulation, or sealing is oftentimes recommended than asbestos removal. However, this is just applicable to asbestos containing materials that are not damaged or disturbed in some way. Sealing or encapsulation only works well for asbestos laden materials that are intact because asbestos encapsulation wouldn’t magically put back together damaged asbestos.

In older homes, or the ones built before 1970s, asbestos is commonly found. Asbestos is usually present in the popcorn ceilings, in the floor tiles, and around pipes.

If you are insistent on fixing the asbestos issue yourself, especially because the asbestos filled material you are dealing with is something as small as a pipe, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of asbestos exposure.

1. First things first. Before you even go buying asbestos sealing materials, first, protect yourself with disposable work clothes, an asbestos protective mask, as well as high quality work gloves and inspect the pipe with asbestos.

2. If you see that the pipe has cracks, scratches, or scrapes, no matter how small, get in touch with a licensed asbestos company to deal with the problem instead. It’s not worth risking your health for a DIY asbestos encapsulation project.

3. If the pipe is intact, you may proceed to wrap an pipe insulation wrap that’s especially designed for asbestos sealing.

4. After wrapping the pipe tightly, you may apply an encapsulating tape or paint over the wrap to strengthen the seal.

5. Have the air tested for presence of asbestos.

Clothing and Accessories Needed for Safe and Effective Removal of Asbestos Dust

Asbestos Dust

Any kind of exposure to friable asbestos could result in getting life-threatening diseases. For that reason, we should not risk getting exposed to this dangerous material in any way we can.

If you have recently discovered that friable asbestos is present in your home and had it removed, the meticulous task of having every trace of asbestos dust removed should be your next step.

Removing asbestos dust should be done with extreme care and thoroughness to be 100% sure that not a single asbestos particle is left in your home. Sometimes, asbestos fibers could be really hard to see, so you have to be extra careful.

  1. To safely remove residual asbestos in your home, you have to prepare the proper cleaning accessories and protective clothing:
  2. Disposable overall clothing. Everything from your head to your toes should be well-protected. Make sure that your clothing is disposable because while it is possible to remove asbestos from your clothes through meticulous washing, simply throwing away any piece of clothing with asbestos will be a lot less stressful – and a lot safer.
  3. Your high-quality protective gloves should be taped to your wrists to make sure that no asbestos can make its way into your hands.
  4. Ideally, a full-face respirator is needed to successfully protect yourself from asbestos fibers. But as an alternative, you can also wear asbestos mask. Asbestos masks are created to protect you from asbestos, especially that common dust masks would not be sufficient to shield yourself from accidental asbestos inhalation.

Cleaning tools:

  1. Disposable rags. Just like your clothing, if your cleaning materials such as rags are disposable, it will be a lot safer.
  2. Duct tape. Duct tapes are a great deal of help when it comes to sealing the gaps under your doors to prevent any asbestos fiber being blown away to another room.

Proper Asbestos Waste Disposal

Asbestos Waste

There are many advantages to hiring a licensed asbestos removal or abatement company in Vancouver when dealing with any asbestos related problems you may have in your property.

For one, when you hire an asbestos abatement company, you might find out that the asbestos in your home doesn’t even need to be removed. Countless asbestos abatement companies recommend asbestos sealing instead of total removal. Asbestos, especially one that is not friable, can be prevented from being released in the air through asbestos sealing or encapsulation.

Another major advantage of hiring an asbestos abatement or removal company is that in the event that the asbestos in your home really needs to be removed, some of these companies offer the disposal of the asbestos in their services.

Just like asbestos removal itself, asbestos disposal is rather a meticulous and stressful task. There are so many strict rules you need to comply with in disposal asbestos containing materials due to the health hazards asbestos may bring.

But if you have already removed the asbestos yourself and would want to dispose of it properly, here are some of the standard rules of asbestos disposal in Vancouver, BC.

1. Disposal of asbestos containing materials should only be done in landfill stations and not in transfer stations.

2. Asbestos is accepted by landfill stations, however, drywall isn’t.

3. Asbestos containing materials should be properly packed using a hazardous waste bag with a thickness of at least 0.15 mm or 6 mil.

4. Asbestos filled materials should be double-bagged.

5. Proper labeling of the asbestos material is required.

6. You can transport only up to 5 kgs of asbestos.

7. There is a set schedule to be followed when asbestos may be dropped off at landfill stations.

8. Calling in 24 hours before you drop off the asbestos material at the landfill station is mandatory.