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DIY Home Asbestos Removal

February 16, 2018 by  
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Removing asbestos is dangerous and complicated if you’re not trained to do so. We recommend using a licensed removalist. When you do it yourself, make sure there’s minimal release of asbestos fibres. Avoid DIYing if the asbestos is in powder form. Follow our guide with the help of an industry professional, to doing the work correctly and safely. If you need to still need to hire a company after reading our tips, contact Front Line Asbestos Solutions in Adelaide.

Working with Asbestos

  • Cover Up

Wear protective clothing. You need a hat, respirator, dust mask, gloves, safety glasses and disposable coveralls.

  • Don’t Eat, Drink or Smoke

One may ingest or inhale the dust. Wash your face and hands with water and soap before meal breaks and when work ends.

  • Avoid Using Power Tools

Power tools release asbestos fibres.

  • Don’t Water Blast or Scrub with a Stiff Brush

Scrubbing or water blasting asbestos is risky.

  • Wet Gently with Water

Use a pump spray to dampen asbestos and keep the dust down.

  • Never Drill and Cut into Asbestos Materials

Avoid cutting into cement or drilling holes through vents and eaves if asbestos is present.

  • Don’t Drop Fibro Sheets

To minimise breakage, lower asbestos sheets to the ground instead of dropping them.

Let People Know

Talk to your neighbours and family members. Keep pets away from the work area.

Prepare the Area


  • Under the work area, lay plastic sheeting. Asbestos shouldn’t contaminate the ground.
  • Close doors and windows and seal vents. Your neighbours should do the same. This stops asbestos getting into the house.
  • Seal off other areas where asbestos can get in. For instance, under doors.
  • Move children’s toys.


  • Cover vents, heating ducts and air conditioners.
  • Remove rugs, curtains, furniture and soft furnishings.
  • Lay plastic sheeting over the floor.

Cleaning Up

  • Stack and Wrap

In a plastic bag, stack asbestos materials. Wrap, tape, and label the bag as asbestos waste.

  • Remove Immediately

Don’t leave bags near a road or footpath where people or cars can crash them.

  • Clean Up Everything

Make sure no fibres leave the work site on tools, shoes or clothing. Put used masks, gloves and disposable coveralls in a bag.

  • Vacuum Cleaners

Don’t use a household vacuum cleaner. Use a cleaner that has a HEPA filter.

  • Avoid Dry Sweeping

Dry sweeping stirs up asbestos. Dampen dust with water from a spray pump.

Safe Transport and Disposal

Transport the waste in a covered truck and dump it at a landfill site. It’s risky to put asbestos waste in a rubbish can. Never reuse or recycle asbestos materials.

Other Things to Consider

  1. Coating: Painting bonded asbestos is fine as long as you don’t sand the surface being painted.DIY-Asbestos_Removal
  2. Insulation: Insulate your roof with cellulose, fibreglass or rock wool – not asbestos.
  3. Hail Damage: Has the same effect as water blasting.
  4. Fire Damage: A fire damaged (asbestos-containing) property has loose asbestos fibres. For safe clean-up, use a qualified professional.
  5. Weathering: Weathered asbestos materials release fibres when disturbed.
  6. Roofing: Before you remove roof shingles, wet, clean and seal them.

Failure to observe all safety precautions is disastrous. To avoid asbestos contamination and exposure, let an expert remove and dispose of asbestos.

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