It can be a scary feeling knowing that there is asbestos in your home or business. Upon suspicion or finding out, it can be very easy to search the first asbestos contractors you can find and use their services. However, it’s important to do your research and ask your specialist some questions to make sure you both know the expectations involved, and that their work will keep you and your family or employees safe during asbestos remediation. Here are some pointed questions to ask:
What Does the Asbestos Abatement Process Involve?
First, it’s important to sit down with your potential contractor and talk about what to expect. Talk to them about the problem and talk about your options. If they have an inspection consultant (like we do) get an inspection from them. Learn about the following:
- Do they suggest asbestos removal or encapsulation? If they provide options for both sealing or removing asbestos, find out which is right for your situation. Make sure to get a clear answer in risks and costs for both.
- What is their process for asbestos abatement? What really separates abatement companies is their process. Not only how well they follow the regulations, but how the process will impact you – both in terms of hassle and health.
- What kind of equipment will they be using? It’s important to understand what equipment they will be using and how it keeps them and you safe from protective equipment to containment to machinery used if they need to do selective demolition.
How Do They Handle Asbestos Disposal and Cleanup?
It’s important that your contractor is also clear to you about how the entire process plays out. Make sure they have the right safety measures in place, from properly sealing off rooms for abatement to properly bagging materials for disposal. Talk to your contractor about how they dispose of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and if they follow EPA regulations. Learn more about that in our blog, How Asbestos is Disposed of Safely.
If you’ve got concerns about asbestos in your house or business, it’s important you do the right thing. If you’re in Massachusetts or New Hampshire and need asbestos inspection and removal, Fiber Control, Inc. can help. We’re asbestos abatement specialists, as well as handling mold and lead paint. Contact us today to learn more.