My son is living alone in his grandparents' old house. Recently he's
told me that
his roof is leaking and some of the sparkly ceiling in the dining room
is falling down.
He had it tested and it came back 5 percent asbestos. Yikes! We
just don't have much money. I want him to leave the house and come here
anywhere but he won't. He says he's going to take care of the problem
himself. How dangerous is this stuff?
Does anyone here have experience with removing asbestos ceiling
material? How did you do it?
Congratulate your son on his wisdom in having the material tested. Now
he needs to use that information wisely.
This is absolutely a job for a professional - an asbestos abatement
firm. And your son should definitely move out until the house is
emichael brandt, M.D.
No, it is easily a DIY job. Sorry Doc, but you are over reacting. In the
present state, it is safe to handle. It can be easily removed with dampening
and scraping/wiping. Why move out of the house? Unless the fibers are
floating in the air, it is perfectly safe. Skin contact does no harm. It
is encapsulated in paint and not a hazard at all.
My wife and I removed all of ours. We dislike the look of it, but the
asbestos is not a concern it done with some care. There is NO reason to
spend thousands of dollars to have a "professional" remove it.
I'm not an expert here. I have worked in old buildings that went
through asbestos abatement. What I know is not to disturb the material
and seek to contain it (qualified people). It can be expensive to
abate and if my memory serves me it has to be disposed of properly.
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens
Put it in a bag marked "asbestos" and take it to the dump. That is all the
asbestos abatement companies do. As far as having an expert do it, it is
easily withing the relm of the average person to do, skill-wise. However,
the law often ignors this and demands that you hire an expensive abestos
abatement company to remove it. My friend has asbestos siding and is
forbidden from removing it himself. Info above on disposal is from an
5%, I probably breathed more than that as a kid every morning waiting
for the bus. Legally it may be a problem, but the danger is blown way
out of proportion. Until some lawyers saw a way to get rich, cars used
to spew it every time they stopped & if standard shift, again when they
took off and people still lived till a ripe old age. People working in
asbestos processing plants may have been dropping like flies, but that
is another matter entirely.
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