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Tearing Out Old Piping? Learn How To Safely Remove The Asbestos Insulation

When you are in the process of removing old pipes, asbestos insulation must be removed before you can begin the demolition process. That is because asbestos is responsible for causing cancer and lung disease when the fibers are breathed in. Thankfully, there is a safe way to remove old asbestos insulation from pipes prior to removing them.

Tools And Materials

Before you can get started, you'll need the following items:

  • Protective clothing
  • Respirator or breathing mask
  • Protective goggles
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Rubber gloves
  • Utility knife
  • Pump sprayer
  • Tape
  • Mop and bucket
  • 5 gallon drum
  • Disposal bags

Hang Plastic Sheeting

The room you are working in will need to be sealed off before you start removing the insulation. This will contain the asbestos fibers to the room you are working in, and not contaminate any surrounding rooms. Plastic sheeting should be thick, no less than .2mm, and placed on the floors, walls, and ceiling to completely cover your work area. Use duct tape or strong contractor tape to hang your plastic sheeting.

Wear Protective Gear

It is important to be wearing protective equipment before you begin working on the insulation removal. This includes proper clothing, breathing mask, eye-ware, and gloves. All of this protection material will be disposed of after the job is finished, so you should not be buying top of the line clothing that is reusable.

Wet The Insulation

A pump sprayer can be used to soak all of the insulation that you plan on removing that day. Keeping the insulation wet will prevent the fibers from floating in the air, making the environment safe to work in.

Cut Off The Insulation

Use a utility knife to make a cut through the insulation along the length of the piping. Ideally, cuts should be made along any existing seam in the insulation from when it was originally installed. Doing so will prevent the insulation from being opened, and limit the amount of fibers in the air.

Bag Removed Insulation

Asbestos insulation should be placed in disposal bags immediately after removing it from the pipe to minimize fibers spreading to the air.

Clean The Area

Mop the floors using a gentle cleaning solution to pick up loose fibers on the ground. The dirty water will need to be put into a 5 gallon bucket, sealed, and transported to a disposal facility that accepts asbestos. Protective gear and plastic sheeting will need to be placed in disposal bags and taken to the same facility.

If you need assistance with removing asbestos, do not hesitate to contact a local demolition company. They will handle the whole process, and make sure it is done properly.

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Meet Zane Zanda

My name is Zane Zanda, and welcome to my site on construction! Although I'm not a professional, I first became interested in construction topics a few years ago when my wife and I were building our dream home. But, interestingly enough, it wasn't the actual construction process that lit the spark. It was actually fire sprinklers. When my wife and I, were talking to our contractor about getting the permits for our house, we were informed that the square footage of our house was so large that we would actually be required to install fire sprinklers in the ceiling! I thought that was so strange, but of course we complied. As I started looking at all the different construction laws, I knew I was hooked.