We have abandoned steam pipes. What is left is one 7 foot section that is boxed in and covered in asbestos that looks to be dried out and brittle. We are in the process of removing all of the old radiators and pipes. We want to not just leave them in place because they are an eyesore, as well as bring the ceiling height down to well below 6' in the basement (I am 6'2) where they are boxed in (finished basement). Removing the soffit will push the ceiling height up to a comfortable height for me and open up the room and just creating a neater, cleaner look.
I read somewhere $25 per linear foot to remove/ Sounds way low to me. If it is that cheap I'd be happy to have someone licensed to remove this garbage to get it out of my sight!!!
There are major safety hazards since the insulation will become very friable when you disturb it. Particles will become airborne no matter what precaution you take. They fly around and settle throughout the area, only to be breathed in later. You'll think you did a good clean job, but the risk of mesothelioma isn't worth taking.
There are no EPA mandates for you to hire an asbestos abatement company if you prefer to do it yourself in your ownhome. If in fact you do hire the job (or any portion of the job) out, the EPA rules and regulations govern.
Disposal of asbsestos is nearly impossible. It must be specially packaged and marked and sent to special landfills you don't have access to.
I would suggest having this done professionally. It is not a smart thing for a DIYer (or an unqualified unlicensed contractor) to handle.