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.
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 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’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.