Asbestos Removal FAQs

14 July 2022
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Most homeowners often underestimate the need for asbestos removal services. However, this removal process can significantly increase the safety and value of their homes. Below are some FAQs to improve your comprehension of the asbestos removal process. 

How Can You Tell That Your Home Contains Asbestos?   

It is pretty challenging to tell if your property contains asbestos. Therefore, the best approach would be to engage a professional to conduct an asbestos audit. Ideally, the audit helps establish the type and volume of asbestos in your home. In most cases, the asbestos surveyor starts the assessment by checking construction records to identify building materials that contain asbestos. Consequently, they take samples from your home and take them to an asbestos lab for testing. The professional then writes up a report detailing the location, type, condition, and volume of asbestos in your home. 

Can You Remove Asbestos in Your Home? 

Homeowners are allowed to remove a portion of non-friable asbestos from their homes. However, given the risks involved in removing asbestos, you should consider hiring an abatement company to remove the asbestos. For instance, if you opt for DIY asbestos removal, you need to purchase safety gear such as gloves, an overall, goggles, boots, and respirators. This equipment is significantly expensive since you can only remove a certain amount of the substance. Moreover, given that you do not have any training in asbestos removal, you are likely to make oversights that could cause asbestos contamination in your home. For example, you could break the asbestos during removal. Besides, you could inhale the asbestos as you clean the safety gear. 

What Safety Procedures Should You Observe When Removing Asbestos? 

Safety is at the heart of the asbestos removal process. Therefore, when hiring an abatement company, vet its safety procedures. For instance, what preparation techniques does the company observe? For instance, the abatement crew could recommend that you clear the rooms that need asbestos removal. This way, your furniture, appliances, clothes and home fixtures do not get asbestos contamination. The removal personnel also seal the rooms with plastic sheets to prevent asbestos fibres from spreading to other rooms or the environment. When removing asbestos in your home's exterior, the professionals could recommend that you ask your neighbours to keep their doors and windows shut. 

During asbestos removal, professionals should dampen the asbestos to prevent the spread of fibres. Besides, they should avoid using power tools that could break the asbestos. Once removed, the asbestos is put in approved disposal bags and transported to an appropriate landfill. The abatement crew also conducts air tests and cleans your property to eliminate any fibres.