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Dealing with Asbestos as a Home Owner

Demolition Procedures for Homeowners In the Seattle Area

AHERA certified building inspector

Before you start, check for asbestos and then follow our requirements carefully – failure to do so can result in a notice of violation and monetary penalties for Pugent Clean Air. (Also, check with your local building department as they may have additional requirements for demolishing your house.)

1. Conduct an asbestos survey.

Surveys must be conducted by one of our AHERA-certified building inspectors. “Asbestos Consulting and Testing.” You must share the survey results with your demolition contractor and anyone else who may come in contact with the material, and keep a copy of the survey we completed on site.

2. File an Asbestos/Demolition Notification.

An Asbestos/Demolition Notification and a filing fee must be submitted to this agency before any asbestos removal or demolition begins. This applies to all structures, including mobile homes with greater than 120 square feet of roof area. Print a copy of the Notice you submit and keep it available for inspection.

3. Properly remove all asbestos.

Remove all friable asbestos-containing material prior to demolition.   Non-friable asbestos-containing material may be left in place during the demolition, provided it remains nonfriable but must be promptly transferred to a disposal container with a sign identifying the material as “nonfriable asbestos waste”.

NOTE: We strongly encourage you to employ a certified asbestos abatement contractor to remove any asbestos. The work is difficult, time-consuming, and dangerous to you and your family’s health if procedures and regulations are not strictly followed. These experts have specialized equipment and training and employ techniques to control asbestos fibers not available to homeowners. In addition, asbestos removal work is physically demanding, requiring a respirator, non-breathable coveralls, rubber gloves, and boots, working in high humidity and on wet, slippery surfaces.

If you remove friable asbestos-containing material yourself, you must follow Regulation III, Section 4.05 (b) “Friable Asbestos Removal Work Practices” and 4.07 “Disposal of Asbestos-Containing Waste Material" (PDF 0.1MB). The following homeowner instructions for three common types of friable asbestos-containing materials are available to help you remove the material yourself.

If you remove nonfriable asbestos-containing (ACM) material yourself, you must follow Regulation III, Section 4.05 (c) "Method of Removal for Nonfriable, Asbestos-Containing Material" .





















4.   Properly dispose of the asbestos.

Friable asbestos-containing waste needs to be taken to an Asbestos Disposal Waste Facility authorized to receive the debris. Complete and bring an Asbestos waste material shipment record to dispose of the friable asbestos waste at the disposal site. Non-friable asbestos-containing waste must be promptly transferred to a disposal container labeled "nonfriable asbestos waste". Please contact your local waste company for further instructions.


5. Demolish the structure.

You must wait 10 days after submitting an Asbestos/Demolition Notification to demolish your house, even if there is not any asbestos material found.


Other Requirements from the following may need to be met:


Washington Local Clean Air Agencies (NESHAP)


These jobs get QA more than you think. Follow the requirements!


Asbestos-containing building materials become an issue when they are disturbed during a remodel, renovation, or demolition. At that point, if not properly removed, the microscopic asbestos particles may be released into the air and maybe accidentally inhaled. Prior to beginning the remodel or demolition, you should test all building materials for asbestos. If you have asbestos, and it will be disturbed during a remodel, renovation, or demolition, it should be safely removed by a certified asbestos abatement company.