If you’re having problems selecting one of the many asbestos removal companies you have to pick from you are not alone. Asbestos is a hazardous and potentially lethal mineral found naturally all over the globe. On average we inhale approximately 10,000 fibers of it every day, but that is not a sufficient amount to produce any obvious harm. Nevertheless, breathing asbestos fibers in higher quantities and over extended durations of time might result in lung cancer, asbestosis (chronic lung disease), and mesothelioma (cancerous growth in the mesothelial tissue lining the lungs, abdominal cavity, and other internal organs).
Asbestos possesses many positive qualities and was used during a great deal of the twentieth century to make thousands of products like electrical insulation, ceiling and floor tiles, spray-on insulation, roof shingles, fireproofing products, chemical filters, acoustic and decorative wall and ceiling plaster, and different building products.
The problem with asbestos is when its microscopic fibers become airborne. If they are breathed into the lungs they can be the cause of lung disease and death. Removing asbestos can be very dangerous. This is why it’s ordinarily left to professional asbestos abatement services.
If you suspect that asbestos-containing products are in your home there are a number of actions that you need to take to eliminate or contain the offending products. The very first thing you need to do is confirm the existence of asbestos. Call a number of asbestos removal companies to locate an inspector that can take samples from your home and analyze them in a laboratory. If asbestos is found you will need to hire an abatement company to either remove or seal the harmful materials. Encapsulation involves painting or spraying a special sealant on top of the contaminated products. The sealant solution will act as a protective barrier and stop the hazardous materials from escaping into the open air. Nevertheless, this technique can often be as expensive as elimination and isn’t a permanent fix.
Prices among asbestos removal companies will most likely differ greatly so get a lot of quotes. But prices shouldn’t be the only criteria used in determining which service to hire. There are different components that should be thought of for ultimate protection. The asbestos removal companies that you should be taking a look at will have been in business no less than several years. Get phone numbers of prior customers so you can call them to see if the job was executed safely and satisfactorily. When talking with prior customers make certain the employees followed proper safety measures such as cordoning off any work area, putting the hazardous asbestos materials into special sealed bags, and putting the sealed bags into special storage bins for transport to the disposal area. The employees must have never entered any other part of the house while dressed in their work garments as this could cause dust particles on their clothing to become airborne.
Visit the Better Business Bureau website and check out each abatement company there. The BBB rates each company and you can get a fairly good idea which companies are keeping their customers happy. Make sure there are no complaints against the contractor as this will probably be a red flag. If the contractor has been in business for a number of years, quotes a decent price, has superior client testimonials and BBB ratings, you have almost definitely found a company you can do business with.
Regardless of which asbestos removal company you decide to employ, be sure to get the whole thing in writing. This is the only way you can protect yourself in the event of a discrepancy. Pay half or less of the price up front as this can help you remain somewhat in control. The only way that some companies will satisfy all of their obligations is if you maintain some leverage. Any issues of safety that may arise during the removal process might be more easily solved if you have not yet paid the full price for the job.