How to Find a Professional to Properly Remove Asbestos from Your Home for Good
Asbestos is an extremely hazardous material that can cause several serious diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma, a cancer that attacks the lining of the lung. Left alone the material does not cause problems; however, when disturbed the material can circulate through the air and be inhaled. If you live in a home built before 1980 and you are considering any sort of renovation, it is critically important that you have it checked for asbestos by a professional. If asbestos is found, then you need to hire an asbestos abatement contractor to have it safely removed. Here are some tips for finding a contractor for asbestos removal:
How Abatement Works
The actual process of asbestos removal differs according to the type of material that is being taken out. For instance, many homes built before 1980 have “popcorn ceilings,” which typically contain asbestos. In order to remove it, contractors have to painstakingly scrape it off and then replace the ceiling afterward. If insulation has asbestos, it is simply pulled out and removed.
Once the removal has taken place, a special vacuum will be used to clear all asbestos debris that is left behind.
Before You Choose that Contractor…
First, you need to get bids from at least three contractors. Make sure each one gives you a written proposal that will spell out exactly what type of work will be done, along with a budget and a schedule.
It is vitally important that each contractor you are considering is licensed, because that means they are trained in the proper methods of safely removing, transporting and disposing of asbestos. In addition, you want to get at least two or three references from each company. Contact those former customers so that you can get their firsthand experiences regarding the quality of work that was performed in their homes.
Asbestos Removal Contractor Checklist
You’re going to have a lot on your plate when it comes to making your decision, so here is a quick checklist of some of the things you want to ask each contractor.
- Do you have a physical address and telephone number?
- Can I see a copy of your license?
- Are your workers insured?
- How much experience do you have in asbestos removal?
- Will you conduct testing afterward to make sure all asbestos is gone?
- Will you cover any costs that will be associated with re-cleaning should my home not pass inspection after you have finished?
For more than 35 years, the mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd has fought for the rights of people exposed to asbestos. If you or a loved one has suffered any sort of asbestos-related disease after exposure, you may be able to file a mesothelioma lawsuit.