Asbestos Siding Removal: How to Remove It

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Asbestos Siding removal is a pretty difficult task. You can hire an asbestos remediation agency to handle the removal process. This could be an expensive affair, though. On the other hand, you can do also it yourself by taking the necessary precautions.

If you are planning to remove asbestos siding on your own, go through the following steps to employ caution:

Things You Need for Asbestos Removal
– Nailhead cutter.
– Pry bar.
– Thick polyethylene plastic sheet.
– Good quality respirator.
– Coveralls, safety glasses, rubber boots, and gloves.
– Disposal bags and duct tapes.
– Water and garden hose to spray water.
– Liquid detergent.
– Scissors and knives.

After gathering the required tools, you must apply for permission from the local permit department to carry asbestos removal. Once you have gained the required issuance from the agency, follow the steps provided below:

Set a warning sign
Cover the sides of the area where the removal will take place with huge plastic sheets. Make sure you place a warning sign for visitors. Place several disposal bags at the location.

Wear Safety Gears
Wear disposable coveralls, and put on the gloves, boots, respirator filters, and eyeglasses.

Wet the Siding 

Before you remove the asbestos sidings, you must damp the area thoroughly to avoid the breaking. Breakage can release asbestos fiber. Use a spray bottle or garden pump sprayer to do the job. Mix 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent with water and spray around 10 square feet of the
siding.

Start Removing
Carefully lift the siding pieces from the corners using a prying tool to reveal the nail heads and then remove the siding by pulling the nails off. Wet the siding if they start getting dry or if the siding starts to crumble. You must also wet each piece of removed siding and place it inside a
disposal bag. Make sure you keep wetting the debris.

Dispose of the Siding Pieces
Once the sidings are removed, load the wet debris and other materials into sturdy boxes or sacks. Line the card boxes with thick polythene sheets and leave enough plastic sheets to cover the debris from all sides.

Now tape the boxes properly and again secure them up with another round of polythene sheets. Make sure all the edges and seams of the containers are sealed with duct tape.

You can also use pre-marked asbestos disposal bags to get rid of the siding pieces. If you are using pre-marked asbestos disposal bags, spiral-twist the top of each filled bag, bend it into half and seal it properly with duct tape. Paste asbestos warning labels on the sealed disposal bags.

Now carefully start rolling up the plastic sheets by working your way towards the entrance. While standing on the last sheet, wet your coveralls, respirator, boots, and gloves.

Remove your boots first, and then your gloves and coveralls by turning them inside out. Seal them in disposal bags. And, finally, remove your masks. Wash and wipe each tool thoroughly.

The sealed debris must be disposed of at authorized disposal sites or licensed transfer stations. If you have any questions, post them in the comments below.


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