I'm not sure what you mean by "clean the house" and "contaminated with
If you mean, can you do routine vacuuming, sure. Come do mine, too.
If you mean "clean up the white dust that you created when you tore out
the asbestos", then no, no, and uhmmmmm, no. For one reason, the air
you take in has to go somewhere, so it blasts out the machine. You
don't want your exhaust putting asbestos into the air. Airborne
asbestos is what's really bad. If you suspect that you have asbestos
that you are cleaning up, get a mask, get a very wet mop, and get the
Okay, I've wet mopped the walls, floors. Washed and dry cleaned
clothes. But what about TV, laptop computer, and kitchen appliances? Is
it enough to just clean them with a wet rag? I must say that I didn't
have any asbestos in the home, where I probably carried asbestos
fibers home with my work clothes . (I've removed asbestos roof tiles
couple of days).
GET OUT OF THE HOUSE NOW OR YOU WILL DIE ! ! ! !
OK, then you're just paranoid. Washing the clothing would have removed
probably 99.99999% of any fibers that may have been there. You are over
Okay, so you removed some asbestos roof tiles. What's the big whoop.
How do you even know you have asbestos in the house? Just follow the
stardard protocal for people working with asbestos tiles. You need to
strip naked in the driveway and hose yourself off before going in your
house. Then throw away the clothing.
Assuming they are regular roofing shingles (not the hard tiles) you are
If you want to be paranoid about anything, try these items:
1. Do you have the permits, etc. to dispose of the shingles so you are
not creating an environmental liability that will haunt you for the
rest of your short, cancerous life.
2. Have you had your house checked for lead. That's probably a bigger
3. Have you had your house checked for radon, the silent killer.
4. What about carbon monoxide? Do you have a sensor?
5. You know that soap you are using is basically made of fat and
drano, don't you? Where did you think soap came from, a soap tree?
6. Yum Yum, steak with extra steroids!
7. That bluetooth headset you wear is putting out radio waves that
will fry your brain. So will you cell phone. Why are you putting a
radio transmitter right next to your brain? Oh yeah, another bright
idea is to store it in your front pocket.
8. Every time you go into a public building, think to yourself "this
was built by the lowest bidder".
9. How come milk and bottled water costs more than gasoline, but we
only complain about the gasoline?
10. All of your petty worries are building up and not looking so
petty. You are becoming paranoid. But how will you know when it
becomes too bad, because you can't trust anyone to tell you.
So okay. Sit down; have a cup of strong coffee with real cream in it;
lite up a cigarette; and relax. The asbestos won't kill you until
Two separate issues:
- Is the vacuum and its filter appropriate for this purpose? Nilfisk's web
site has a toll free number you should call to ask this question.
- Will the vacuum be used correctly? Read what Pat wrote in another message.
If you're not clear on what the advice means, ask. It's extremely important.
You really think he needs to call and ask if an ordinary home vacuum
cleaner, even with a HEPA filter is suited for asbestos cleanup in a
house? Of course the company is going to say NO.
Note that I'm not saying he actually has a contaminated house from just
removing roof tiles. If I did that, I'd have worn some disposable
overalls, removed them BEFORE entering the house, washed my regular
clothes, or better yet used regular clothes that were ready to be
tossed too, taken a shower and forget about it. In fact, any
reasonable approach would have made it very difficult to get the house
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