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.
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.