Removing Asbestos Siding: Do It Yourself or Hire Abatement Company?

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For years, asbestos has not been used as a building material. While this is true, asbestos can still be found in a lot of older houses. If you own a house built before 1990, there is a chance that you may find it in your house. The rule of thumb for asbestos is simple.

So long as it is left undisturbed and still remains intact, removing it may not be necessary. Of course, each and every homeowner take on this is different. Many decide to remove it due to health risk, while many others don’t.

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Let’s say that you have asbestos siding on the outer side of your house. You have decided to remove it. Should the process of removing asbestos siding be done by you or an abatement company? Here, we will compare both alternatives. Let’s start.

Removing Asbestos Siding: DIY

Before you even think about removing asbestos siding on your house, be sure that there is no law prohibiting you from doing it yourself. Some areas have no laws requiring you to hire an abatement company to remove asbestos siding while some others do. If you live in an area where there is no prohibition to remove it yourself, you can do the removal yourself if you choose to do so.

Okay, let’s say you are allowed and want to do it yourself. First thing first, you need to be very, very careful. Do the job safely and completely. This is especially true if the job requires you to cut, drill, sand or any other activities that can create dust from the siding. If it doesn’t require those, you have fewer things to worry about.

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Doing simple things such as removing a nail from the siding will not place you in a dangerous situation. However, we do realize that one thing leads to another. In this case, you may be tempted to smash a shingle just to remove a nail. Don’t be tempted. Be safe and proceed carefully.

Removing Asbestos Siding: Hiring Abatement Company

If you decide to hire an abatement company, be aware that it may cost you a lot of money. Back then, removing asbestos siding was nothing more than hiring a contractor to remove the siding and discard it in a roll-off container. Today, it is different. The company needs to follow regulations (local, state and federal level) strictly.

The company’s workers must suit up and wear respirators, shield the nearby area where the asbestos will be removed as well as using a lot of water to hold down the dust. They also need to prove that they are removing asbestos siding according to the regulations as well. Indeed, these are what make the process costly.

When you hire an abatement company, be sure that the company is certified by the proper regulating body and/or government. Don’t worry, there is a lot of certified companies out there. You can simply put “certified asbestos removal companies” in your search engine and you will find many of them.

Which One Is Better?

The answer is it depends. If you are allowed to remove it yourself and are able to do it in safe and complete manner, DIY can be a great option. On the other hand, if you are not allowed and/or unable to do it yourself, your best option is to hire an abatement company.


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