Asbestos Removal Guide

Asbestos removal guideAsbestos removal is a serious issue and it’s harder than ever to dig through a mountain of information to find simple, practical advice.

Millions of older homes have asbestos in siding, insulation, ceiling tiles, and flooring but the real health risk and danger varies widely from case to case.

Asbestos removal may seem like the obvious choice but you do have other options, some of which may actually be safer than having asbestos material removed.

Each situation is different but that’s exactly why this website exists.

We’ll walk you through each step of the process, from understanding the risks and rewards of asbestos removal as well as some of the risks, dangers, and other options.


Asbestos Removal Health Risks

Asbestos was added to home building products for nearly a century before the EPA banned its use in new products in 1989.

Asbestos is a natural mineral that is fire resistant and adds durability to many different products.

It also is extremely dangerous when it is broken up into small pieces and asbestos fibers escape into the air and are inhaled in large amounts.

Removing all asbestos from your home eliminates the long-term risk but safety precautions and proper equipment as mandated by OSHA and other agencies must be used.

Asbestos is only dangerous when it is friable and disturbed. If asbestos removal is done in an unsafe manner and fibers are released into the air, removing it can actually pose a greater health risk than leaving it in place and intact.

Pros and Cons of Removal

The obvious pro of tacking an asbestos removal renovation is that you may completely eliminate the dangerous material from your home. For some homeowners, the peace and mind of knowing that asbestos is gone for forever is priceless.

Equipment for removing asbestos

Removing asbestos can be very costly and requires special licensing and equipment.

The biggest con is often price, as asbestos removal costs can run well into the tens of thousands of dollars in many situations. And that only covers the cost of removal and disposal of asbestos, as any material that is removed — siding, flooring, ceilings, tile — must be replaced.

Licensed asbestos removal companies must complete an array of classes and training and use specialized equipment that removes any loose asbestos fibers from the air.

While some states do allow homeowners to remove asbestos themselves from their homes, this isn’t feasible or safe in the vast majority of cases.

The nature of some projects such as asbestos siding removal do make it possible for homeowners to complete safely but most asbestos removal projects produce far too many dangerous airborne fibers that only professionals are equipped to handle.