Can you try to Remove Asbestos Yourself?
If your building was built before 2000 then it is likely that it contains asbestos containing materials. These materials were used in ceilings, plaster, walls and flooring because they offered fire resistant properties.
Although the use of asbestos is now banned, as the dangers have been more thoroughly researched, there are still countless buildings that contain it. If the asbestos is left undisturbed it is not usually anything to worry about. However, if you are planning on having any work done to your property, which would involve disturbing it, then you need an asbestos survey to confirm if your property contains asbestos.
Never Attempt to Remove Asbestos Yourself
If you have had an asbestos survey completed, and have found your home contains the material, you should never attempt to remove it yourself. There is no ‘safe level’ of exposure to asbestos, even a few tiny fibres can have a detrimental impact on your health.
Attempting to handle the asbestos yourself will put you, and those around you at extremely high risk. Asbestos particles are very small, about 10 times smaller than the width of human hair. If you attempt to remove the asbestos yourself it is highly likely that these particles will linger in your home, and you, your family, and any guests will be at risk of inhaling these particles over time.
Only asbestos abatement professionals should handle, remove and dispose of asbestos. The abatement professionals have been properly trained on handling the material, and follow regulations to keep themselves and yourself safe.
Is this the Same for all Asbestos?
Although some types of asbestos are more harmful than others, there is no ‘safe’ type. Every type of asbestos has the potential to cause health problems, and so every type of asbestos should be dealt with by a professional.
If you have any suspicion that your home may contain asbestos, and you think there is a chance you may disturb it, you should get an asbestos survey. The asbestos survey will examine the asbestos and find out what condition it is in, so that you can plan exactly how to deal with it.