How To Dispose of Asbestos

Asbestos was a common building material and can still be found today in ductwork, ceiling tiles, roofing materials and siding. It is considered a highly toxic material that can lead to serious health problems, including cancer, if exposed to or inhaled during demolition. 

Demolition and Disposal

Removing asbestos materials is not recommended for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. Demolition and removal of asbestos requires special hazardous material protective gear that includes hazmat suits, protective eyewear, gloves and respirators.

If you believe you have asbestos building materials in your home that need to be removed, call a contractor who specializes in removal of hazardous materials. Air conditioning contractors are familiar with asbestos removal because ductwork in homes constructed before 1970 had high levels of asbestos.

Documentation of Removal

Since the presence of asbestos and its removal must be disclosed at the time a property is sold, make sure you review all areas of the home which have been found to have had asbestos. Ask for written documentation that records the removal of the materials from the home, and keep this paperwork for use when you sell the home.