Asbestos is a mineral that occurs naturally. A lot of people used it in their homes between 1930 and 1970 before it was banned because of its health hazards. Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of having lung cancer (asbestosis) as well as cancer of the lining of the abdominal cavity and cancer of the lining of the chest (mesothelioma).
WHY YOU SHOULD REMOVE ASBESTOS FROM YOUR ROOF
Asbestos is risky to have on your roof because once it is disturbed it can produce dust that has asbestos fibers in it.
If you have asbestos on your roof and it is broken, you should have it removed immediately. To manage the situation properly, you should call a professional and have them assess the situation and put together a safe execution plan to remove the broken asbestos as well as any remaining asbestos material.
CAN YOU REMOVE ASBESTOS FROM YOUR HOME YOURSELF?
We strongly advice against it. This is because the fibers of asbestos are very dangerous and it is risky if you expose your family and your neighbours to this fiber. It is in your best interest to get in touch with a licensed professional to carry out the removal for you.
REMOVING ASBESTOS ROOF WITH THE HELP OF A PROFESSIONAL
Asbestos removal is a complex process and should be done by a professional who is licensed so that your family and neighbours are not exposed to unnecessary health risks.
When you hire a licensed professional to help with the removal of your asbestos roofing, ensure that they adhere to the following:
- Let the contractor give you a contract that specifies the scope of work to be done before the work starts. This should include the work plan, clean-up plan and other laws that are applicable to the area where the work is being done.
- Ensure that they make use of the right equipment to carry out the job. The workers should wear approved protective clothing as well.
- Make sure the professional you hire follows the asbestos removal and disposal laws that are applicable to your area.
- The workers should seal the work area so that asbestos dust is not spread about.
- The work area should also be marked clearly as a hazardous area. Do not allow anybody that is not a worker go there and make sure your pets are kept away until the job is finished.
- Insist that a wetting agent be applied to the asbestos using a hand sprayer which will create fine mist before it is removed. This should be done because wet fibers will not float easily in the air the way dry fibers would and they are easier to clean up when wet.
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