How to Remove Asbestos on Pipes
For many years now health experts have advised people to stop using asbestos as it is considered to be harmful to health. Asbestos has been noted to lead to lung cancer, asbestosis, and cardiac arrest among others. The unfortunate thing about asbestos related illness is that they are yet to find a complete treatment. This means that if you are constantly being exposed to large quantities of asbestos over a long period of time, your chances of falling sick is quite high. It is for this very reason that this article is intended to equip you with the knowledge of how to remove asbestos on pipes.
This does not mean that the pipe itself has asbestos but rather the insulation on it. The removal of asbestos on pipes requires careful and cautious extraction. However hiring a professional is far much considered than doing it all by yourself, nevertheless if you follow the following instruction strictly, then you can also remove asbestos on pipes all by yourself. The process is rather challenging but the reward is pretty good. First and foremost when removing asbestos on pipes, ensure that you have in your possession a HEPA respirator, eye protection, disposable overalls, rubber gloves and boots. These will be able to protect you from direct exposure to asbestos. In addition to that, you are required to have a tank sprayer of approximately 2-3 gallons, a liquid dish detergent, 8-inch knives for removing the asbestos and a waste disposal bag for disposing the asbestos. After ensuring that you have all the necessary precaution materials, when removing asbestos on pipes ensure that you first of all remove all the furniture and shut off any windows or ventilation points. You should also turn off the electric power. By doing these things, you will be helping to minimize the exposure and contamination of asbestos. Secondly, attach a plastic sheet on top of the asbestos on pipes with a duct tape. After that build an air lock between the area that you have contained and other parts of your house, this will make it easier for workers to get out of their containment overalls without having them spread the asbestos on other parts of the house. Then you can mix few drops of the detergent that you had into the tank sprayer and soak off the asbestos.
Wait for about 30 minutes then scrap off some of the asbestos to check for any saturation. Last but not least, during the final stages of removing asbestos on pipes, seal the containment bag that contains the asbestos with duct tape. Then mark all the bags or papers containing the asbestos. Ensure you place the bags at the exit to reduce containment if any. After you have done all the aforementioned instructions, spray yourself and the containment area to remove any residue of the asbestos. After that ensure that you remove everything that you were wearing during the process and dispose of them. One thing to note, if you are unable to remove asbestos on pipes all by yourself just consult a expert to make things easier for you.