If you live in a house that was built in the early 1980’s or earlier, then there is a good chance that you may have some problems regarding asbestos, and you are probably not aware of it. Asbestos causes a lot of different serious illnesses, not the least of which is lung cancer, and this is why you should seriously consider doing asbestos removal on your property as soon as you can. If you are planning on clearing out all the asbestos in your house, then here are some of the things that you need to keep in mind.
How to Find Out Where The Asbestos Is Located
You can possibly find asbestos in almost all parts of the house because it was thought to be so versatile and useful that everyone put it in everything. Most of the time, asbestos was used as insulation and soundproofing, so you can find it buried inside the walls and partitions of your house. Unfortunately for you, asbestos can also be found in other parts of the house as well, like in the floor tiles, shingles, particle boards, basically in every part of the house.
The trick to finding asbestos is to know exactly how it looks like. For instance, asbestos floor sidings can be identified easily because it is colored all the way through, and the surface looks like someone ran a rake over the tiles while they were still setting. For more tips on how to spot asbestos, you should do some research online.
Removing The Offending Asbestos
Once you have found out where in your home the asbestos is located, it is time to start taking it out, but you should not go about it recklessly. If your idea of getting rid of the asbestos is to put a sledgehammer or an ax to them and breaking them into manageable pieces, then you better think again because that is the absolute worst thing that you can do. If you break apart a piece of asbestos, you are essentially releasing millions of tiny fibers into the air; and finding yourself in a room full of asbestos dust is one of the worst things that could ever happen to you.
Before you start breaking stuff, you need to isolate the room first so that the asbestos fibers will not escape towards your neighbors’ houses. You should also consider using some safety gear as well, like a full face mask with heavy-duty air filters, disposable coveralls, and you may also want to set up a couple of air filters.
Another thing that you need to procure before you start on your own asbestos removal project is a permit from your local government. The handling and disposal of asbestos requires a permit from the local building inspector’s office; if you start on your project without this, then you are looking at a hefty fine.
Should You Do It?
The things mentioned above are just some of the basics when it comes to asbestos removal, and they are already pretty hard to get. The real question here then is should you really handle the asbestos removal yourself?
Instead of going through all the legal hassles and health risks that come with the handling and disposal of asbestos, you should just leave it to the professionals like us. We have been helping residents from Sydney, Parramatta, Wollongong, Central Coast, and other cities to clear out all of the asbestos from their homes. We have all the right knowledge, training, and equipment to make sure that the job is done right and done safely. Leave us a message, we will gladly provide you with our expert help.