Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Asbestos insulation has to be removed prior to tearing down a building to prevent dangerous asbestos fibers from entering the environment. Asbestos has been known to cause lung disease and cancer in people who breathe in the fibers. Here is how you can safely remove asbestos insulation from the pipes in your home before you tear it down.
You Will Need:
Put Up Plastic Sheets
You need to seal off the room or location where you will be removing the asbestos insulation to keep the asbestos fibers from contaminating the surrounding environment. The plastic sheets should be at least .2 mm thick and placed all around the walls, ceilings, and floors to completely envelope the work area. The plastic sheeting can be hung using contractor or duct tape.
Wear Personal Protective Gear
Put on your personal protection equipment (i.e. protective clothing, eye-wear, breathing mask/respirator, and rubber gloves) before you start to work on the asbestos pipe insulation. The protective gear is typically disposed off to prevent contamination of non-work areas – so don't buy the expensive gear that is meant to be reused over and over again.
Wet Down Insulation
Use the pump sprayer to thoroughly wet down the insulation on the pipes that you are planning to remove during the work day. The wetness will help keep any asbestos fibers from filling the air.
Cut the Insulation
You can use your utility knife to slice the asbestos down the middle of the pipe. The best place to slice the insulation is along the seam that was created when the asbestos was first installed. This will help you avoid opening the insulation material and possibly releasing dangerous fibers.
Bagging the Insulation
Put the insulation into an asbestos disposal bag as soon as you take a strip of it off the pipes to minimize the spread of the fibers.
Use a mop and bucket filled with a gentle cleaner to remove the fibers from the floor. Place the waste water into a five gallon bucket or 55-gallon drum to safely transport it to a asbestos waste facility. Carefully take down the plastic sheeting and put it into the asbestos disposal bags so you can safely remove it from the work area. Put all of your protective work gear into an asbestos disposal bag as well. The bags should also be taken to a facility that specializes in handling asbestos waste.
Handling asbestos materials has to be done carefully. If you think you need help, contact a demolition company to assist you in getting the job done.