When my first child had an accident at home, I realised we hadn't childproofed the house as well as we could have. Thankfully, they were fine, but I learned my lesson and began a thorough inspection of my home and garden. I got to work addressing the various hazards we had overlooked, and I started this blog to help other parents think objectively about the hazards in their own homes. I post about a variety of topics, such as pool safety, choosing a safe garden fence, storing medication and cleaning products, window and door locks and kitchen safety for kids. I hope you find my blog useful and informative.
The word asbestos can be very frightening to homeowners, as they typically know that the substance is dangerous if not downright deadly when inhaled and especially when breathed in over the course of many years. Finding it in your home can make you wonder if you've been inhaling it for as long as you've lived there, and you may want it out as quickly as possible. While many areas do allow homeowners to manage their own asbestos removal if they so choose, note a few common mistakes they make when doing and why these mistakes can be very dangerous. This can help you decide if an asbestos removal company is the best option for you.
Using home tools
The tools you have at home are often insufficient for removing all the asbestos you might find in your house. Basic scrapers may not actually scrape away enough of the asbestos that may be clinging to the wall materials, and a standard shop vacuum might also not remove enough of the material. Using a shop vacuum also means that you might make the substance airborne, doing more harm than good. Also note that you often need to dispose of the tools you use to remove asbestos along with the material, as having it cling to scrapers and other such tools can mean allowing it to spread, and this too can mean potentially doing more harm than good with your removal.
Not containing the area
When you remove asbestos, you don't want to assume that you'll do such a thorough job that you don't need to contain the area. This means putting up plastic sheeting over windows and doors and around the area where you work and then removing this sheeting and disposing of it after work is completed. If you don't contain the area, fibers that become airborne may actually leave your home through a window or other entryway and settle in your property's soil or on a neighbor's property.
Even if you put asbestos in an airtight container, you are typically not allowed to bury it on your property or simply put it in with your household trash. Excessive vibrations or moisture can damage your buried container and allow the asbestos to become airborne, or future construction might also dig it up. City landfills also are not usually equipped to manage asbestos and keep it contained. You may face hefty fines and fees if you dispose of asbestos improperly, even if you do so on your own private property.
Because it's so easy to make these and other mistakes when dealing with asbestos, it may be best to hire a local asbestos removal company to take of the problem for you.