Reasons to Avoid DIY Asbestos Removal
Asbestos is a very dangerous substance that causes serious health problems for anyone who has been exposed to it. Studies of people who have spent time around asbestos have shown that asbestos exposure leads to an increased risk of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses. When asbestos is detected in any area, it is always best to leave it untouched and evacuate the area until it has been contained and removed properly. Hence, the team at All Clear Environmental would like you to know all the reasons to avoid a DIY asbestos removal project.
Asbestos removal is a delicate process
Asbestos is a mineral made up of minuscule fibres. It can crumble easily if handled roughly and the fibres can spread through the air. When breathed in, the fibres travel to the lungs where they will remain for a very long time. The average person doesn’t have the necessary knowledge or experience to handle asbestos properly. As such a DIY asbestos removal project could cause many health problems in the process. Experts in asbestos remediation will have the necessary tools, knowledge and experience to handle the removal safely. They will also have the required protective equipment to ensure that airborne asbestos fibres are not breathed in and the gear to move asbestos from your property to dispose of it safely.
Asbestos removal must be total and complete
When asbestos is detected in any environment, it needs to be removed completely before the environment is safe. The average person will not have the equipment and the necessary know-how to properly assess the extent of the contamination. As such, a DIY asbestos removal project could end up leaving a significant amount of asbestos behind. Also, there are certain extra precautions that should be taken when removing asbestos. Sealing off the work area will prevent external contamination. HVAC systems need to be disabled during the removal process and cleaned up after the removal. HEPA vacuums are used to sanitize the affected area when the remediation is done. These are precautions that an average person could overlook.
Asbestos disposal must be handled carefully
The final part of asbestos remediation is disposal. All the contaminated material needs to be wetted, double-bagged in 6mm plastic bags, and enclosed in an airtight container. The container must have a lid and labelling to properly identify its contents. Asbestos can only be disposed of in landfills designed to handle the material. A breakdown in any one of these steps could result in additional asbestos contamination of your property and other environments.
All Clear Environmental – Ontarios’s leaders in Asbestos Removal
If you suspect that there is asbestos present on your property, always call for experts to handle the removal and disposal process. A DIY asbestos removal project might seem like an easy endeavour but the danger to yourself and others is extreme. So it is best to play it safe and have professionals take care of your property. Please contact us if you have any concerns with regard to asbestos remediation. All Clear Environmental is a full-service asbestos and mould removal company with more than 10 years of experience. Our mission is to remove hazardous materials in the safest and most efficient way possible and our team is dedicated to ensuring that your property is safe for future generations to come.