Asbestos Sheet Removal

asbestos removal costsThe height of asbestos’ popularity as a building material happened during the 1970s, when most construction materials’ manufacturers added asbestos to add strength and resistance to such products as flooring tiles, as well as pipes and other plumbing materials. Asbestos was subsequently found to be friable, which means the materials that contain this substance are  likely to release asbestos fibers into the atmosphere when it becomes damaged.  

Most owners, especially those who have the means to do so, do not wait for asbestos-containing materials to get damaged before removing them. While the pipes and the floor tiles are still in working condition, they hire a professional skilled in asbestos sheet removal to make sure that they are safe from the health hazards associated with asbestos. However, it is not enough to have asbestos-formulated materials to be removed. It is also important that extra caution is taken during the removal process to prevent the asbestos fibers from being released into the air during the process. 

So how do you ensure that the asbestos sheet removal process is safely conducted? Before setting out to conduct the asbestos sheet removal process per se, you need to make sure that you are properly attired and equipped with safety wear. To begin with, you should wear clothing that totally covers every single part of your body—from your head to your feet—such as overalls. Aside from these, you also should not start the asbestos sheet removal process without a pair of gloves, a respirator, and a pair of goggles to keep your hands, eyes and your lungs from exposure to asbestos fibers. When you are done removing the sheets, you should also remember to take a shower to shed off whatever asbestos fibers or particles that may have adhered to your clothing. 

asbestos removal costsAsbestos sheet removal also requires certain types of equipment and tools such as a sharp and handy utility knife, some metal putty, several pieces of polyethylene sheets, amended water, duct tape, trash bags and boxes. Make sure to have all these handy where you intend to work so you don’t have to walk around looking for the things you need. Otherwise, you will only be spreading asbestos fiber all over the house, and expose all the inhabitants to this pollutant.

It is also crucial that you prepare that area where the sheets are to be removed. Preparation here means minimizing the risk of exposing the house to asbestos.

To do this, it is advisable that you turn off the air conditioners or heaters inside the area. You should also remember to remove pieces of furniture and other mobile things in the area. As for those that can’t be moved, such as windows and vents, make sure to cover them with polyethylene sheets, and increase the protection by sealing the seams with duct tape. 

Another important factor to ensure that you completely free your house from asbestos after removing the sheets is to properly dispose of the sheets. Because asbestos is a highly hazardous substance, it must be disposed of in such a way that ensures that it will not come into contact with the environment. Otherwise, there is always the danger that it can be carried off into the air or the water channels and infect people further. Remember that asbestos is highly resistant. It cannot be destroyed or decontaminated with simple exposure to heat or water. 

To make sure that the removed contaminated sheets are properly disposed, you should carefully throw the sheets into the trash bags. Seal them up and throw the bags into the waste boxes. Then seal up the boxes as well. 

Asbestos Sheet Removal 

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