Asbestos: To Abate or Not To Abate?

Do it yourself home remodeling projects have sky rocketed in the last few years, and for good reason too. The most common reason is it saves a significant amount of money, however, those who see any remodeling project through to fruition find that there is a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that comes with each project. Still, any remodeling project could pose health risks and varying degrees of danger to you and your family. Aside from simple accidents the major risk comes from asbestos.

If left completely undisturbed asbestos is harmless; unfortunately it is nearly impossible for the former insulation to be left entirely undisturbed. Today, homeowners find themselves divided when it comes to asbestos removal. The debate is centered around whether to call a sometimes expensive abatement crew, or undergo the task on your own.

Those who choose to call in an outside company usually do so to avoid the health risks, such as mesothelioma, that are associated with asbestos; some prefer to do it themselves, but find it ends up being significantly more difficult and costly. Asbestos removal has some very strict guidelines as to how to actually remove the insulation and the proper disposal. The vast majority of homeowners that take on this project find it to be far more complicated and costly than the original remodeling project.

A decent abatement company will have all the necessary training and certifications to deal with the hazardous material; by hiring one of the many companies out there you as a homeowner ensure that there will be no long lasting health hazards to your family. However, if you do choose to continue with the asbestos removal on your own here re a few tips for properly ridding yourself of the used insulation.

First you must go to your state regulators and get all necessary certifications; these certifications also give you step by step instructions on how to properly perform the abatement according to your state. It is necessary to have a proper respirator, and clothing that you completely covers you from head to toe and is disposable (you will have to throw out these clothes). There are also specialty tools that can be purchased for this type of project; these tools will have to be located by a web search or looking through your local phone book. As the companies that sell them are not in high demand they can be very costly. If you are going to have help make sure you inform each person of the risks, and that they have proper protection as well.

The most important thing to remember is by removing the asbestos you are now legally responsible for those that help you and your own health risks; any legal help that may have been available is negated by you taking on this task.

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