Why DIY Asbestos Removal Is a Big Fat NO!
If you are planning a DIY asbestos removal, then you must already be aware of dangers that asbestos poses.
However, understanding the risk associated with asbestos exposure is one thing, and knowing how to deal with it is entirely another. No matter how much self-education you provide yourself, you will never be able to safely conduct asbestos removal on our own.
Here are some reasons why DIY asbestos removal is highly recommended against:
Although there are no federal regulations that prevent you from conducting asbestos removal in your home on a small-scale, the state regulations vary. If you are a resident of Pennsylvania and have a house with more than 4 units, you can’t perform a DIY asbestos removal, unless you have certification.
However, this doesn’t mean that if your home is less than 4 units you should perform a DIY asbestos removal. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. This is why you must never consider doing a DIY project.
Finding the Asbestos
The biggest hurdle you will face is finding out where in your home asbestos actually is. You can’t just assume which parts of your home have asbestos, and you can’t identify it by seeing it as well.
You will need to take out samples and send them to a lab for testing if you want to know which materials in your home do contain asbestos. Without proper knowledge and experience, you will find it extremely difficult to identify such materials. Asbestos can hide in the most unlikely of places, which is why it is important to be careful.
There is a particular safety protocol that must be followed when dealing with asbestos. This includes testing, removal, and disposal. Certain asbestos have friable qualities, which means that they break easily in the hands and its particles could become airborne, leading to a serious risk of inhalation.
If you aren’t a trained professional, you won’t know what these protocols are and are unlikely to undertake them. If you fail to undertake the any of the safety measures, you could be penalized for compromising the safety of your family members and others around you.
The penalties for improper handling of asbestos usually range between $2,000 and $10,000.