Ideally, you are supposed to hire asbestos removal experts when you need to remove it. However, if you choose to do it yourself, here are some of the safest asbestos removal tips to follow.
• Make sure the asbestos material is completely wet before you can start removing. Spray the surface gently with water. Make sure you do this regularly during the removal process. You can use plain water or mix it with detergent. Also, you can opt for water mixed with PVA solution for the best results.
• If you are removing asbestos from an area outdoors, make sure you spray using a low-pressure garden hose. Of course, you need to remove all the electrical hazards in the place for the best results.
• If the sheets are have been bolted in place, make them damp and cut the bolts to avoid any contact with the material containing asbestos.
• Remove the bolts and fixings very carefully and make sure you place them in the asbestos containing the asbestos waste.
• Use bolt cutters to release or unbolt the gutters, ridge caps, drain pipes while they are in contact with the asbestos containing material.
• Lower any large pieces of the asbestos containing material to the ground very carefully. Make sure you don’t drop it or put in rubble chutes.
• Stack the asbestos fibre cement sheets products very carefully.
• If you are using asbestos-cement products, make sure they don’t break as you handle them.
• Don’t crush the asbestos containing material when placing it on the ground.
• Place small pieces of the asbestos containing material into the waste container.
• Make sure you double wrap the large pieces of the material using plastic sheeting and seal all the openings securely using duct tape.
• Ensure the bagged or wrapped asbestos waste is labelled properly.
Once you have completed the asbestos removal work, you should conduct a final inspection on the site to make sure the asbestos has been removed properly. There should be no visible signs of the asbestos dust or any residues. Some of the areas you should inspect include the following.
• The area where you are removing the asbestos in the first place.
• The area surrounding the asbestos removal location.
• The route where the asbestos containing material is being transported for disposal.
• Any areas where there is any remaining asbestos material is in place to make sure it remains intact.
However, it’s always good to hire an asbestos removal expert who is trained and qualified to handle these tasks following the set regulations.