Asbestos material can be extremely dangerous if handled improperly and pose serious health risks. Don’t take removal or remediation lightly and think you can cut corners.
With very few exceptions, asbestos removal is a job best left to a professional contractor who is licensed and properly equipped to work with asbestos materials.
Avoid the temptation to cut corners or to use unlicensed contractors who promise they can safely handle the job (and save you money in the process).
Asbestos Removal Tips
Carefully weigh all your options before deciding to remove asbestos from your home. Asbestos is only dangerous when it is exposed and actively being disturbed.
If material containing asbestos is intact and in no danger of being cut, broken, sawn, or otherwise disturbed, the safest and recommended course of action is often to leave it in place.
Intact asbestos material can be safely covered and encapsulated and will pose no risk. Asbestos is only dangerous when fibers of it are released into the air.
Finding Asbestos Removal Contractors
One of the best asbestos removal tips is a straightforward one: invest a lot of time making sure you pick the right contractor for the job.
Most states require contractors to complete specialized training in order to be licensed to work with asbestos.
There’s a reason for that, as far as the heightened risk and need for specialized equipment and strict adherence to protocols in order to safely remove asbestos.
Don’t hire the guy down the street who promises he can do just as good a job as licensed professional asbestos abatement companies.
Get as many bids as possible and be sure to check references. Ask asbestos contractors to explain the job in detail and show you any equipment they plan to use.
The EPA and many states offer excellent resources to help homeowners search for and hire licensed asbestos removal professionals.