Materials at your house such as floor tiles, ceiling, boiler or fence may contain asbestos, so we provide an easy DIY guide to do an asbestos removal for you! Check this out.
Asbestos was commonly used in developed countries as building material before the 1980s as it possesses excellent mechanical properties. It is not only fire and water resistant but also has excellent durability and affordability.
Currently, the usage of it was banned in numerous countries since the dangerous, and harmful effects of it were widely acknowledged and recognised. It can cause various diseases such as lung cancers, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
However, the mere presence of it does not mean that it poses a health risk for you.
Here, we provide DIY instructions; how to remove fibres from a floor, ceiling, boiler and fence. To be noted, this process can be physically demanding and sometimes it is better to seek advice from a removal specialist. But hiring them can be very expensive, so you can try these methods first to eliminate asbestos-containing materials (ACM) from several parts in your building.
First thing first; wearing a protective equipment.
Before commencing any removal works, you must understand what you want to do, I suggest you read the asbestos removal tips here. Next, you should always wear a personal protective equipment (PPE). By wearing it, you are protecting yourself from the risk of airborne exposure.
DIY guide to get rid of floor vinyl tile that contains bonded ACM
Vinyl floors are highly likely to contain ACM. The vinyl is used as a binder to hold asbestos within a matrix. Removing a vinyl floor alone is legal as long as it is done properly. Here is the step-by-step on removing vinyl floor tiles:
- Step 1: Use plastic sheeting to cover floor and doorways to prevent airborne exposure.
- Step 2: Before removal, the floor should be wet and soaked with water for two hours. This will help loosen the floor tiles and make them easier to be removed. If there is cement under the floor tiles, you may want to soak it overnight before beginning asbestos removal work. Wetting these materials can prevent the release of fibres and further exposure.
- Step 3: Remove the floors tile by using a wide putty knife and gently lift up the floor. It’s important to not damage and step on a floor during the process.
- Step 4: Put the tile in a non-work area and dispose of it in a hazardous waste container.
- Step 5: Dispose of the container only in a legal facility that accepts ACM waste.
DIY guide on how to remove ceiling tiles
Ceiling tiles that contain ACM was commonly used around the 1960s and 1970s. Once you found it within your ceiling, you can try removing it yourself. Here is the DIY guide on removing asbestos ceiling materials by yourself:
- Turn off the air conditioner or heater in your room. They can cause air to circulate within the room during asbestos removal process of the ceiling.
- Soak and wet the ceiling tiles. You can use the mixture of detergent and water, and later spray the ceiling with spraying bottles to wet them.
- You can now remove the tile and remember to do it carefully. Once you remove the ceiling tiles, place it in a hazardous waste container and seal it with a duct tape. Then transport and dispose it in a legal disposal facility.
Guide on removing fence sheets
Some of the fencing sheets contain a high amount of fibres and need to be dug out in order to get rid of them. Here is a DIY guide on how to remove fencing sheets from your house:
- Step 1: Put a warning sign around asbestos removal area to notify people in the neighbourhood
- Step 2: Spray the fence with a low-pressure PVA sprayer to prevent disturbance to fibres
- Step 3: Wet the ACM fence sheets and dig down for removing the sheets. Remember to wet them all the time and dig under the ground for removing the fencing sheets. Cover the sheets with a thick black plastic and dispose it in a legal disposal facility.
DIY how to remove fibres from a boiler
Working on the boiler may disturb the insulating material, such as asbestos and increase the risk of fibres release. Removing ACM from a boiler can be tricky, and we recommend you to hire a removalist to do it. However, we have some advice on eliminating fibres from your boiler.
To protect your building from contamination, set up negative air pressure and dust containment in the removal area. Work with PPE and always wet the boiler during the asbestos removal process. Clean and seal the exposed surface with a spray paint coating that is suitable for a high-temperature environment.
We provide these DIY guides for you to help you with removing ACM from your fence, ceiling, boiler, and floor. Always remember to work carefully to prevent fibres exposure in your building. We also recommend you to seek help from removalist to ensure that the asbestos removal work is performed correctly.