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If you have asbestos in your home, it is legal, in most cases, for you to remove it yourself. However, the practice can still be risky. Before you begin to remove your own asbestos, guide yourself through these five questions. They can help you determine if self removal is the best option for you:
1. Is the asbestos intact?
In many cases, asbestos lurks in old flooring or insulation. If the asbestos-containing item is intact, it basically holds the asbestos fibres in, and you don't have to remove it. Instead, you can simply cover it with new flooring or paint.
However, if the asbestos-containing item is not intact, it releases asbestos fibres into the air that when inhaled can be toxic and lead to dangerous health issues. If your asbestos is intact, you may want to just leave it where it is rather than face the dangers potentially involved in removing it.
2. Are you willing to take the health risk?
Although most of the health effects tied to asbestos are linked to long term exposure, even short-term (acute) exposure can be risky. It has been linked to lesions related to colon cancer.
3. Do you have personal protective equipment?
To minimise your health risks when dealing with asbestos removal, you should wear personal protective gear. This gear includes coveralls, gloves and respirators. If you have to invest in all of this gear, it may ultimately be less expensive to simply pay a professional to remove the asbestos for you. However, if you have the right protective gear, you may prefer to save money and do it yourself.
4. Can you remove the asbestos without power tools?
The more vigorously you attack the asbestos-containing item, the more likely it is to break up and release asbestos into the air. If you cannot remove the item without power tools including pressure hoses and cutting discs, you may want to turn the job over to a professional who has the experience to remove it without spreading the fibres.
However, if you can simply pick the item up and carry it out, you may feel confident about removing it on your own.
5. Do you know how to dispose of the asbestos legally?
There are a number of rules you must follow in order to dispose of asbestos legally. You cannot simply pop it into rubbish bags and send it to the landfill. Instead, you must seal it and take it to a landfill that accepts asbestos. There are also rules about transporting asbestos.
If you know and understand all of the rules, you may be fine to remove it on your own, but if you don't understand the relevant laws, you may prefer to minimise the risk of fines or danger by outsourcing the work to a professional asbestos disposal service