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Many people may want to save on costs and try to do this themselves but the health risks are greater than the savings. It may be possible for homeowners to dispose of the asbestos-containing materials themselves but microscopic particles of asbestos may be released into the air during the process of dismantling these materials and while transporting them to disposal sites. When inhaled, these particles could later result into asbestosis and/or lung cancer after several years of exposure. Therefore, it is very important to know the the proper procedure for asbestos disposal, preferably through asbestos removal training or one of a trained asbestos disposal specialist.

The correct process for asbestos disposal requires the use of special clothing and air purifying equipment to prevent you and your family from inhaling the toxic dusts. Moreover, it is advisable to obtain the services of a professional asbestos abatement firm and a separate asbestos consultant to make sure that the contracting company does its work properly. However, the services of these companies can be quite expensive. Thus, some people may still insist on undertaking the removal of asbestos and then disposing of it. If you decide to do this, it is important to make sure that you have the proper equipment and clothing. You will then have to make sure not to break the material that contains asbestos into smaller pieces just to make them fit in bins or bags because this will cause the release of asbestos dust into the air.

After dismantling asbestos-containing materials, such as asbestos shingles from the roof or tiles and underground mastic, an important step is to wet them and ensure that they remain damp to prevent the fibers and dust from being blown into the air. However, it is also advisable to avoid using too much water because the runoff could get into the drains. After you have made sure that these materials are damp, it is important to cover the materials with heavy duty plastic and then use adhesive tape to make sure that dust and fibers will not escape. These should be kept in an area that is separate from other kinds of waste because they require a different kind of disposal method. You will also have to determine whether you will need to get a license or clearance from the local government to transport the asbestos waste to the disposal site. The local authorities can also inform you as to the landfill site where you can bring the asbestos waste materials.

You may also hire a contractor to ensure proper asbestos disposal. However, homeowners should be careful when getting their services because some have been trying to mislead people into thinking that all asbestos containing materials in the home should be removed. If these materials are not damaged, they do not represent health risks and disturbing them may even prove to be more dangerous. And when choosing a contractor, do not forget to make sure that they have the proper licenses and have a track record of good performance.