Asbestos Shingles: Dos & Don’ts

Asbestos roofing shingles, from the 1930s to the 1970s, were heavily utilized in large structures, such as big buildings, as well as for ordinary homes. Prior to its being banned for use in building products, asbestos was an intensely sought-out mineral in the construction industry because of its durability, strength, and resistance to fire. But it was later revealed that the fiber material that makes asbestos such an important and beneficial product poses severe public health risks. Asbestos-related health problems are countless, and prolonged exposure to asbestos has contributed to thousands upon thousands of deaths.  Indeed, according to asbestos experts at The Mesothelioma Center, “[a]pproximately 90,000 people die from asbestos-related diseases globally each year.”

  • What If My Roofing Shingles Contain Asbestos?

If it’s determined that your roof contains asbestos shingles, you must immediately assess the integrity of the shingles. Items that contain asbestos are not necessarily an immediate health hazard. But if the shingles are is in poor shape, perhaps in a state of disrepair, a real problem exists because exposure to the asbestos becomes more likely as the integrity of the shingles diminishes.  The shingles’ particles become easily airborne whenever they’re slightly nudged or violently shaken.  Proper precautions must be taken if you’re not a professional but decide to perform this roofing job yourself.

  • Let’s Not Do This

After a thorough inspection, if the asbestos-containing shingles are in good shape, the smartest decision should be to leave the shingles alone. No need exists to introduce an asbestos problem if leaving the shingles alone is perfectly sufficient. Disturbing the fibers of the asbestos might become airborne, and you might be at risk.

  • Asbestos Shingles in Disrepair . . . 

If the condition of your asbestos-containing roofing shingles is bad, two options are on offer: (1) repair the asbestos shingles or (2) completely remove them.  Either option will, unfortunately, require a considerable amount of diligence to do safely and well.

Nevertheless, if you need to repair shingles containing asbestos, leaving the work to a certified professional is probably your best bet.  The certified professional will undoubtedly use one of two approaches: (1) sealing or (2) covering the asbestos shingles.

The purpose of sealing the shingles will be (1) to bind the asbestos fibers together or (2) to coat the whole surface to ensure that the fibers stay put. These kinds of repairs are commonly used on other asbestos-containing materials, such as pipeline insulations, boilers, and furnaces.

One other commonly used method is to “neutralize” asbestos shingles by placing a cover over or around the contaminated shingles.  This approach covers the hazardous materials and removes the possibility of asbestos particles becoming airborne.

  • Renting a Dumpster for Hazardous Materials

Renting a dumpster for asbestos-containing materials can become a bureaucratic nightmare, especially depending on whether the asbestos is classified as friable or non-friable.  In a small nutshell, if the asbestos material can be hand-pulverized, the asbestos material is deemed friable, and if the asbestos material can’t be hand-pulverized, then the asbestos material is deemed non-friable.  Surely, that description isn’t the full picture, but it gets you close to a good practical understanding.

Placing any form of hazardous material into a roll-off container introduces the need to line the container with a large piece of fabric that has sufficient containment properties for hazardous waste material.  After the container is filled to capacity, the liner is closed over the material to ensure that all hazardous particles remained enclosed and contained within the liner.

As you can tell, a good deal of planning goes into hazardous waste disposal and management.  It’s not a simple task, but All Things Waste is equipped to handle much of the hazardous waste details.  Please feel free to let us know if we can help you with any of your roll-off container rentals, whether or not the material you’re disposing of is hazardous or non-hazardous.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Dumpster Rental in Asbestos Shingles: Dos & Don’ts was last modified: October 20th, 2020 by Dumpster Rental

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