Asbestos removal should always be done right. It should also be done right away if the presence and state of the asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) pose an immediate risk. However, certain mistakes may stand in the way of achieving the best possible results without jeopardising the health and safety of those involved. These mistakes include the following:
1. DIY Asbestos Removal
Proper and safe asbestos removal takes specialist skills, strictly adhering to specific protocols and the use of high-quality protective gear and equipment. More likely than not, you are not equipped with all of these, and that is the reason why you should not undertake such a project on your own. Additionally, it is also a requirement of the law that such works only be undertaken by persons and companies with relevant licensing.
2. Neglecting a Pre-removal Survey
Before you can think of getting the asbestos removal crew in, ensure that you engage an inspector to conduct a thorough survey. The good news is that most asbestos removal companies are the full-service kind, and you don't have to get in touch with another party for the testing or survey. The survey, which may involve visual inspections and laboratory testing, will identify the type of ACMs present, how much of it is present and its exact location. These are all crucial elements that will inform the crew how to go about the asbestos removal.
3. Not Relocating
Depending on the outlined scope of work and the state of the ACMs, among other factors, it may be best for you to move while the project is ongoing. If this is the case, then you should trust the experts and relocate. It is, however, important to note that relocating is not always necessary. The asbestos removal crew will observe strict regulations, such as partitioning off the abatement area using plastic sheeting. The area becomes a no-go zone except for the team involved in the removal.
4. Neglecting Clearance Tests
Following the conclusion of an asbestos removal project, whether or not the space is now safe is the number one concern. On-site clearance testing is the solution. Your asbestos removal contractor can perform this test. It is always best to also have a third-party do the test.
With asbestos removal, DIY is an absolute no. What you can do, however, is to relocate, as may be necessary. To avoid the highlighted mistakes, ensure that you engage an expert.