Common Mistakes When Removing Asbestos
One of the biggest mistakes that anybody can make, unless they are a trained professional of course, is to try and remove asbestos containing materials by themselves. When considering home improvements, asbestos removal without the aid of a professional should be absolutely off limits and a complete, ‘no go’ area. Asbestos removal poses many health risks and potential dangers to anybody who comes into contact with the fibres, here is what you could expect to find if you try the removal process yourself;
You will spend more money
If you attempt the process of removing asbestos containing materials from your home, it will cost you more money and here is why; How do you know which materials contain asbestos fibres? You would need to buy specialist equipment to determine which materials are dangerous and which are ok to handle. Even if you decide to go down this route which is highly dangerous, what happens when you make a mistake? The professionals will need to be called to clear up the mess and to make things safe. Let’s not forget roof insulation (known as ฉนวนหลังคา in Thai), which is a critical element that should be included when installing a roof.
You will waste time and effort
If you employ the services of a specialist team in the first place then you won’t need to research which bits of equipment you need to purchase, waste time to assess your property to find out which materials contain asbestos nor would you have to go through a ‘trial and error’ stage of using the equipment and then trying to figure out how to remove the materials safely. Even the idea of trying to do this by yourself seems quite absurd.
You are posing a serious health risk to your family
Most importantly, asbestos fibres cannot be seen but are easily taken into the lungs when breathing so, if you do decide to tackle the job yourself and damage any materials releasing the fibres you won’t even know that you have inhaled the fibres. Sometimes people don’t show any ill effects until years later which means that you could cause yourself or your family to catch a life-threatening illness.
Asbestos fibres mainly affect the lungs and can cause a number of lung cancers as well as other lung related breathing problems. These illnesses could mean that the person needs breathing equipment to help them breath, a lung transplant or they could ultimately die.
Without a doubt, if you are attempting to do any DIY then consult with a specialist, there may be no cause for concern or you may need a lot of help through your project, without speaking with them, you may never know.