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Mercury spill in a detached garage on residential property

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For a mercury spill in a detached garage on residential property in Indianapolis, can the homeowner do the cleanup himself, or does the law require professional contractors to do it.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 1 year ago.
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Any type of hazardous material spill, which mercury is considered, you would need a licensed professional hazardous materials specialist to clean it up. Make no mistake, mercury is way more dangerous than people may think and even residue left if not properly cleaned can be a continued danger. Also, it must be properly disposed of, you cannot just toss it in the trash and access to hazardous disposal sights for this material is limited to professional hazardous materials companies.
You need to contact your homeowners insurance, many times they will pay for this type of remediation.