Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 1800’s because of its resistance to heat as well as to electrical and chemical damage. Because of these characteristics, asbestos had been used commonly in building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. It has excellent fiber strength and heat resistant properties and can be found primarily in building materials such as roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products. It has also been found in such items as automobile clutches, brakes, and transmission parts as well as heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings.
When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs where they can cause significant health problems. For that reason, any time asbestos removal (abatement) is considered, one must first discover how and in what form the asbestos is present. The removal of asbestos should only be completed by a certified asbestos remediation professional who is qualified to seal off the affected area and knows the proper way to remove the asbestos. If the asbestos remediation is not done properly, it can pose major health dangers to those working or living in the area in question because the asbestos fibers will travel in the air.
Do your research when looking for a licensed, reputable asbestos removal company in your area. You want to find qualified experts who completely understand the risks involved with the handling, storage, and transportation of asbestos. Qualified asbestos abatement specialists will know how to minimize or remove any risk to other people living and working nearby.
Check with several different asbestos remediation professionals to get price quotes. Many contractors will charge a set fee whether the job is large or small. Others will charge by the amount of work involved, so if the abatement needs to be done at several locations, keep in mind that the cost can certainly be rise into the thousands of dollars. Cost includes the clean up and disposal as well. Consider the different areas that are affected and the complexity of the removal process. There are also state and federal regulations that asbestos removal companies must follow closely, so it is important that you understand these regulations before you sign any agreement.
There are different ways to approach asbestos abatement. Some methods are less aggressive than others. Talk to the professional asbestos remediation expert that you eventually choose to determine the best method for your situation.
Asbestos removal may be expensive and seemingly time consuming, but the end result is the elimination of health risks and the creation of healthy, safe environments.