How to Remove Asbestos

If you aren’t familiar with the asbestos removal process, these are a few questions you might have in mind: how do you remove asbestos? How safe is asbestos removal?

Let’s make it clear. Asbestos removal is not a piece of cake!

First thing first, if you have found asbestos in your home, do not touch it! It poses a high risk to health if disturbed as it can lead to the exposure of asbestos fibers, which can cause lung diseases and cancer. In some cases, it is not a cause for alarm if the material is undamaged and without wear and tear. If the asbestos-containing material (ACM) is in good condition, it best to leave it alone. However, check it regularly for damage and deterioration.

Consider the following before the asbestos removal process:

  • Do not sand, drill, or saw the ACM. Avoid the use of power tools.
  • Do not attempt to remove asbestos spray coating, insulation, and insulation boards by yourself. This is a complex process!
  • Seek professional advice.

Removal is the best way to get rid of the threat of asbestos exposure. The ACM will be removed in your property and replaced with a non-ACM with similar features. The removal process involves taking of the asbestos and having it disposed of in an approved landfill. The removed asbestos will be bagged and carried to a council approved area for proper disposal. It will be transported in a sealed and leak-proof vehicle for safety.

In addition, removal of asbestos does not only involve removing visible ACM; but also the invisible ones. With the help of certified air filtration unit, the air quality in the area will be monitored, cleared, and safe from asbestos. It is the responsibility of the asbestos removalist to ensure that the air quality in the area is clean and safe.

The goal of asbestos removal is to control asbestos exposure and prevent the release of asbestos fibres. These are a few things to consider in the asbestos removal process and how to ensure that the job is done successfully:

  • Proper setup

Proper setup is a hard job as it involves 40% or more of the job. You need an appropriate set up to ensure overall safety.

  • Utilities

All power must be shut down in the area. Place a power lock to ensure that everything is turned off.

  • Decontaminations

It is important to have a decon chamber, and workers must follow the protocol to avoid contamination.

  • Barriers

Barriers are strictly required to prevent outsiders from entering the area while the work is ongoing.

  • Clean, remove, cover

Use damp rags and a HEPA vacuum when cleaning the area.

  • Negative air exposure

Use the negative air machine to exhaust air outside the contaminated area.

With these main points covered, the removal of asbestos off your property will be successful!

If you need further assistance regarding safe asbestos removal, reach out to JC Asbestos Removal!




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