Given it’s fire-resistance, strength and insulation properties, asbestos was used quite widely in buildings for many years. In the past few years though it has been uncovered that exposure to asbestos can be fatal. Because of this, it is recommended that asbestos removal work be done by asbestos removal contractors to reduce the risk of harm to yourself, your family and others in the community.
Good asbestos removal contractors can inspect your home and identify and test potential problem areas, and then make recommendations for removal of asbestos if necessary. Removal recommendations can include actually making a plan with abatement contractors and designing a work process. Contractors can also organise quotes for asbestos removal an offer services to repair affected areas where appropriate by using modern, safe materials.
Most asbestos services also conduct final inspections to make sure the area is suitable for you to re-enter. Following this you receive a certificate of safety.
When you are short-listing potential contracts be sure to ask for their contact details, licence and certification details, insurance coverage, the budget required, the length of time the project will take, reference from recent jobs and whether they will issue a certificate on completion.
Once you have appointed a contractor and work is about to commence make sure your pets and family are well clear. You should also put up a sign marking the area as dangerous just in case unsuspecting visitors walk through. Turn off any heating or air conditioning vents and make sure the dust is confined in a small area. Importantly, make sure your contractor discusses possible removal or repair of materials before he commences anything.
Details of asbestos removal contracts can be found by contacting your local authorities.