The majority of asbestos-containing vinyl flooring are installed over softwood, hardwood and concrete floors. You might be of the camp that would want to take a big step and remove the flooring to avoid possible contamination.
If you’re interested in learning more, here are the steps to get rid of the asbestos. However, only professional asbestos removal contractors are allowed to handle the removal work. The procedure below is what you expect your professional asbestos abatement contractors to follow.
- All items including furniture, carpets and appliances should be removed from the flooring. Additionally, all HVAC systems should be turned off.
- It is recommended that at least two removal contractors handle the task. Removal contractors should wear coveralls, respirators, gloves as well as eye protection before commencing the work.
- Using a marking pen, the removal contractor outlines a segment of flooring for elimination. Given that particleboard lacks the structural strength exhibited by plywood, it is often eliminated in smaller sections.
- In most cases, contractors look to avoid too much chiselling by making use of seams in the particleboard or plywood underlayment as edges to the segments that are up for removal. When following an underlayment seam, removal contractors employ use utility knives to slice the vinyl flooring rather than using a hammer and chisel.
- Using a utility knife, the removal contractor makes successive vertical cuts along the previously marked section for removal. Every vertical cut penetrates through the vinyl flooring and into the particleboard or plywood underlayment.
- As one contractor cuts the removal sections, another contractor should follow, drenching each vertical cut with water in order to wet the exposed asbestos borders.
- With the use of wrecking bars, the removal contractor proceeds to pry up every cut section of particle board and plywood underlayment with vinyl flooring attached from the sub-floor. When each cut piece is being removed, it should be fully saturated with water to stop the exposure of asbestos fibres in air.
- The cut sections are then stacked inside asbestos waste disposal bags. Remember, each of these special disposal bags ought to be printed with necessary asbestos warnings. You will several disposal bags for this task.
- Clean rags should be used to wet wipe the sub-floor off any asbestos debris. Once done, throw the contaminated rags inside the disposal bags.
- Once the cut pieces have been stacked inside asbestos waste disposal bags, a duct tape is used to tightly seal the bags.