If you have asbestos in your home, you need to have it removed. Asbestos was used in older building materials and can cause a host of serious health issues; it is not something you should be exposed to on a daily basis. Here are five questions that you need to ask when looking for an asbestos company to hire:
1. Where Is Asbestos Most Commonly Found?
Asbestos is most commonly found in the following building materials:
- heating ductwork
- textured paint
- old drywall and plaster
- old roofing and siding
Make sure that the asbestos removal company can provide you detailed information about where asbestos is found. You can make this question even more specific by asking where asbestos is commonly found in buildings in your area. A highly qualified company will be able to tell you the areas of the home where they most commonly find and remove asbestos in your area.
2. How Long Does The Testing Process Take?
Any asbestos removal company you hire should come to your house and inspect it first. During their inspection, they should collect samples from any locations in your house where they suspect that asbestos based products may have been used.
After they collect these samples, they will have to test them before they start the removal process. Find out how long the delay will be between testing and the start of the removal process. If you are waiting to move in, this will give you a better timetable of when that will happen. If you already live in your home, it will give you a good idea of when you should vacate your home and find somewhere else to stay for a few days while the asbestos is being removed.
3. Do You Have Your Own Testing Lab?
Next, you need to find out if they test the materials themselves or if they send them to an outside lab. If they test the materials themselves, ask to see their certifications and licensing to do so.
If they send the samples to an outside lab, ask for information about the lab so you can follow up and make sure that it is legitimate.
4. How Will You Protect My Home While Removing The Asbestos?
Make sure you inquire into how they will protect your home while removing the asbestos. Cutting out old drywall or pulling out all wiring or ductwork can actually release asbestos into the air, and can increase the levels of asbestos in your home if not done properly.
The process they use to keep your house safe will vary depending on the structure of your house as well as what needs to be removed, but in general they should be able to explain to you how they will tape or box off the area to contain any dust that is created. They should also have a specific cleaning method they use to filter the air and clean up the workspace to ensure that they are not leaving you with asbestos floating in the air at the end of their job.
5. Will You Do An Asbestos Reading At The End Of The Job?
Finally, make sure that they will test the air to make sure that there is not asbestos floating around before you re-enter your home.
If you suspect that your home has asbestos, you need to have it removed as soon as possible. Use the five questions above to help you find a legitimate asbestos removal company who will test all their samples and use work methods that will keep you and your family safe from additional asbestos exposure.