Discovering that you have asbestos in your home is a scary thing. Thousands of people have already died from asbestos-related diseases while thousands more are sick and in treatment. Even though professionals have the training and protective equipment that you do not, they can still get sick from removing the asbestos from your home. For that reason, and all of the following reasons, you should not attempt your own asbestos removal.
Asbestos Sticks to Other Surfaces and Travels
If you have plumbing that has sprayed-on asbestos, attempting to scrape it off on your own could result in relocating this dangerous substance to other parts of your home. The flaking particles can and do stick to other surfaces, just like dust. If you are not wearing the protective HAZMAT suits that the professionals use, this means that the asbestos particles can stick to your shoes, your gloves, your shirt sleeves, your pants and even to the hairs on your body. Then you will take those scraped particles throughout your home and attempt to wash them off or send your clothes through the washing machine. The particles can then contaminate the rest of your home and harm everyone else living with you, including your children.
Asbestos Insulation Fibers Float
Asbestos fibers from rolled insulation can separate like tufts of cotton from cotton balls and float like dandelion seeds on the breeze. If you attempt to remove asbestos insulation on your own, the insulation can pull apart and send strands into the air in your home, eventually coming to rest in your airways and lungs. Even if you use a protective face shield during the removal process, the fibers you miss can land on other areas in your house, find their way into the air exchange vents, and finally circulate back through the heating vents before landing on your furniture and you.
Asbestos Is Dangerous to Dispose Of
Even if you were to safely remove all of the asbestos you have in your home and protect yourself and your family from coming into contact with it, you likely do not know how to dispose of it. There are laws concerning the proper removal and disposal of asbestos, and in most states it requires a licensed professional to take the asbestos to the proper disposal area. Asbestos abatement, therefore, is best left to the professionals who can safely remove it, contain the spread of it, and properly dispose of and destroy it so it does not cause anyone any harm.