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Owner-occupants of single-family dwellings are exempt from the Facilities Management Asbestos Regulations (see Section 5 – Compliance) regarding the removal and repair of asbestos by Delaware-licensed contractors They are also exempt from the requirement to notify DNREC and the US EPA.
Where Asbestos Hazards Might Be Found
If homeowners choose to do so, they may remove or repair asbestos-containing materials in their home. Homeowners, however, must follow the same work practices and disposal methods the Delaware-licensed asbestos contractor follows.
Many homeowners have asbestos-containing materials in their homes. If a homeowner is unsure if the material in his or her home has asbestos containing fibers, they should hire a Delaware-licensed professional service firm to inspect and sample those suspect materials to confirm the presence or absence of asbestos. A list of these firms is available from the Office of Management and Budget Division of Facilities Management.
Any asbestos-containing material that is in good condition and will not be disturbed should be left alone. However, if the material is deteriorating, or will be disturbed during renovation or demolition, it must be removed. Homeowners in single-family, owner-occupied homes may do the work themselves provided they handle, package, label, transport, and dispose of the waste properly.
However, homeowners should use extreme caution when dealing with asbestos-containing materials, and should consider using a licensed asbestos abatement contractor for most removal projects. For more information on self-removal, please read How to Remove Cement Asbestos Board Siding.