If you plan on removing asbestos in your home by attempting DIY removal work, you should be aware that this approach may result in undesirable complications. It may also end up being just as costly as hiring someone. However, it is possible to carry out your own asbestos tile removal, insulation removal, or other types of abatement with proper education. The main objective when carrying out the work on your own should be to sustain the maximum degree of safety at all times.
The first thing you need to do resolve if you in fact have asbestos in your residence. It will involve sampling collection process from your home and getting them tested. Once the result come out and it is verified that asbestos is there you may then begin the work. Since asbestos products usually are not dangerous unless its tiny particles are released into the air, it is often recommended to leave them untouched instead of getting rid of them.
The elimination process is complicated and difficult job and if something goes wrong you will not be able to inquire about legal assistance. After considering the financial and health ramifications you can go ahead with the process on your own. Do not forget to develop an overall strategy to keep the project in track.
If you decide decided to do the work on your own you should get hold of a photocopy of state and federal regulations so that you are able to make certain you comply with all regulations. You need to obtain mandatory permits along with the documents you’ll receive directions on the best way to perform the removal safely and the best way to correctly get rid of the hazardous materials.
After that, you need to get a top quality breathing ventilation system for you (breathing respirators). Be careful, hiring other workers, other than professional abatement contractors, is not legal.. When you are doing asbestos removal job, you must wear protective clothes, goggles, coveralls, boots, and gloves. The protective clothes shall be used for this job only and afterward thrown away.
You also need to purchase water sprayer, hoses, knife, pry bar, and dish washing soap. Warn the people around you are working with asbestos by putting warning signs in the removal area. Encapsulation process should be done first. Every asbestos waste should be put in approved bags and make sure it was sealed perfectly.
Here are steps to do the removal or gathering sample from suspected materials:
Here are steps to do fiber test safely according to national and local regulations:
Step 1: lay out the plastic sheeting below the area where sample will be taken. Keep it clean and secured it with tape.
Step 2: Spay water on the tested area to keep loose fiber from getting in the air.
Step 3: Cut the substance.
Step 4: Put the substance immediately in sealed approved bags.
Step 5: Labelled bags with permanent marker. You can write the date and named it as asbestos waste.
Step 6: Put all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and equipment that might be contaminated by fibers and placed them in a sealed bag. Labeled it as ‘Asbestos Waste’.
Step 9: find the nearest disposal facility site which accept hazardous product and send the PPE and equipment which might be contaminated to be properly disposed.
Never vacuum or sweep any free fibers and dust particles. They should be wet and removed using wet towel. As soon as all work has been completed and all garments have been taken off every employee must shower or bathe thoroughly. When all work has been done you must take samples and get them checked by a lab to ensure that all asbestos was removed safely.