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Asbestos information for homeowners


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Owner-occupied, 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, and exempt also from the notification of DNREC and USEPA Region 3. 

In o
ther words, if homeowners choose to do so, they can remove and repair asbestos-containing materials from their home. Homeowners, however, must follow the same work practices and disposal methods the Delaware-licensed asbestos contractor follows. 

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 of asbestos. A list of these firms is available by contacting the Office of Management and Budget, Facilities Management Division.

Many homeowners have asbestos-containing materials in their homes. To properly identify these materials, homeowners should have an inspection performed by a Delaware-licensed asbestos inspector. 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 package 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.

For more information contact:
Colin Gomes
(302) 323-4542

Revised 5/16/16



Where Asbestos Hazards May Be Found in the Home

Where asbestos hazards may be found in the home

  1. Roof coverings
  2. Attic Insulation (see above)
  3. Joint compounds and acoustical plasters
  4. Fireplace insulation
  5. Wood burning stoves
  6. Wall/floor coverings
  7. Oven insulation
  8. Pipe insulation
  9. Boiler insulation
  10. Cement Board Siding

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