Asbestos Removal Process
Asbestos was once regarded as the most useful building material ever invented. It is strong, flame retardant and has excellent insulating properties. So it was used to make all sorts of things and used in many buildings for years. That is until people discovered that inhaling asbestos dust can lead to cancer and various other conditions. Nowadays Asbestos is not normally used due to the affected health problems, however if you already have a building with asbestos in it then you will need to learn how to remove or maintain it.
Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos is made up of lots of small fibers which are typically woven together. If this is disturbed then it can release the fibers into the air and they can be breathed in very easily by anyone in the vicinity. The biggest people at risk of developing asbestos related diseases include people that installed and worked with the material. If the asbestos is in good condition and not disturbed then it is unlikely to pose any threat.
However, if any paint is coming away from ceilings containing asbestos, or you are planning an extension and believe that you may have asbestos then you need to call in the experts.
Breathing in Asbestos dust can cause lung cancers and other conditions. It is banned for use in the USA and is rarely used in Australia and the rest of the world. When in existing properties it is important to monitor it to make sure it is not breaking up and releasing fibers into the air.
Dangers of Removing yourself
- Breaks up very easily
- Can release dust into the air
- May not remove the asbestos correctly, leaving small traces behind
You should never consider removing asbestos yourself because it can lead to some very nasty diseases and medical conditions. It’s impossible to remove the asbestos without breaking it up and this poses serious health issues. A simple face mask offers no protection at all as the fibers are too small and simply pass through. Anyone must call in professionals who will wear specially designed hazmat suits to remove the material without affecting their health.
Asbestos Removal Process
Depending on the amount of Asbestos being removed from a property, a licence may or may not be required by the contractor. If less than 10m2 of Asbestos is being removed then no licence is typically required, even so it’s best not to attempt the job yourself and it’s better to call in the professionals.
An experienced and licensed asbestos removal contractor will be responsible to make sure the residents of the building are not going to be affected by the removal of the asbestos. They may need to break the sheets up to remove them, in which case protective masks and clothing will be used.
Professional removal techniques include both wet and dry methods which are designed to prevent the fibres from being released into the air. After the removal is complete the entire workspace should be cleaned to remove every last trace of the Asbestos.
Asbestos waste must be disposed of in the correct way, licensed contractors should have a waste carriers permit which will allow them to dispose of the waste where it won’t cause any danger to the environment.
Asbestos must be:
- Removed with Care
- Removed Safely
- Removed using correct techniques by a licensed and experienced contractor
- Disposed of properly
While it is possible for any homeowner to remove small amounts of Asbestos themselves, it is not recommended. Even small amounts of Asbestos dust can cause untold health problems later on in life. It may cost a bit more to call in the professionals, but it will at least protect yours and your families health. Only choose licensed and qualified asbestos removal contractors, even for the smallest jobs. These will have the experience to remove the asbestos without endangering you, the environment, or anyone else in your home.