Is DIY Asbestos Abatement Safe?
Just the thought of asbestos potentially lurking inside a home is enough to make anyone feel uncomfortable, and if found…
Well, it can send even the calmest of people into panic.
So we can understand where you’re coming from.
That sense of urgency, those concerns, are all well found.
But if there’s one thing that you must not do in this situation, it’s to try to remove it yourself. In fact, we strongly advise against touching the material at all; leave it as it is and if possible seal the access to the area where you found the asbestos-containing material.
Take this from someone who has more than two decades of experience in the field, and most importantly, cares about you and your family.
Because asbestos removal isn’t exactly as cut-and-dried of a process as it may seem. For example, there’re situations where you don’t need to remove the asbestos at all; it’s fine living with it. Why cause inconvenience to self and your family?
And then you’ve got the safety concerns that accompany a DIY asbestos abatement project…
You can potentially end up contaminating an asbestos-free area in your home
There’s a very high chance that this may happen. Because when you handle an asbestos-containing material, it will release fibers into the air. These fibers, airborne, can enter an area of your home that wasn’t contaminated till now. You can end up making things far worse for yourself and your family.
It’s why, when removing asbestos, professionals air seal the contaminated area before they start the abatement process.
It’s a long and tiring process; you can end up exhausting yourself
A typical asbestos abatement job takes hours to complete. You’ve to perform it patiently and remain focused on the obvious risks it carries. Unlike professionals, your body is not trained for such an intensive task. It can leave you exhausted, dehydrated and in severe cases can cause a heat stroke.
You can end up injuring yourself while performing the task
Lifting and moving asbestos sheets is no easy task; it requires brute strength and high endurance. An asbestos sheet can easily weigh between 30 to 50 kilograms. Even a small exercised negligence and you can end up with muscle and joint injury. Some of these injuries can develop into chronic medical conditions.
Some jobs carry significant risk of structural failures
Not all, but jobs pertaining to the removal of asbestos from roof or walls, carry high risk of structural failures. Such jobs need to be planned out in detail, and precautionary measures should be taken to mitigate all involved risk. A small mistake can prove to be fatal.
Why put yours and the safety of your family at risk? Hire an insured and certified asbestos abatement contractor to get the job done.
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