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Asbestos Do's And Dont's For The Homeowner

  • Do keep activities to a minimum in any areas having damaged material that may contain asbestos.

  • Do take every precaution to avoid damaging asbestos material.

  • Do have removal and major repair done by people trained and qualified in handling asbestos. It is highly recommended that sampling and minor repair also be done by asbestos professionals.

  • Don't dust, sweep, or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos.

  • Don't saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in asbestos materials.

  • Don't use abrasive pads or brushes on power strippers to strip wax from asbestos flooring. Never use a power stripper on a dry floor.

  • Don't sand or try to level asbestos flooring or its backing. When asbestos flooring needs replacing, install new floor covering over it, if possible.

  • Don't track material that could contain asbestos through the house. If you cannot avoid walking through the area, have it cleaned with a wet mop. If the material is from a damaged area, or if a large area must be cleaned, call an asbestos professional.

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