The Asbestos Abatement Process
The asbestos abatement process is time-consuming and detail-oriented. It also requires a lot of special equipment. If you're curious about what all is involved, this article will clear some things up.
Step 1: Asbestos Testing
Before any abatement work can begin, proper testing must be completed to check if and where asbestos-containing material (ACM) can be found. You'll want to be weary about who you hire to conduct the testing as some have been known to say there's asbestos where there is none, just to charge for the expensive removal process. You'll generally want to look for an inspector not affiliated with an asbestos abatement company.
Step 2: Asbestos Inspection Report
If asbestos is found, you should expect to receive a very thorough report along with a personal walkthrough where the inspector points out the contaminated areas and explains the potential hazards. They should also be able to answer any questions you have about the repair or removal process, the equipment the team should be using, and the procedures they should intend to follow.
Step 3: Asbestos Abatement Plan
After getting an inspection report, you should begin looking for an abatement company that's willing to discuss the report in detail and come up with a satisfactory abatement plan. They should work with you on the timeline and pricing of the project and then type up a contract that explains everything they intend to do, including removal and disposal procedures. Once you sign that contract, the work can begin.
Step 4: Asbestos Abatement Work
Strict laws govern the removal and handling of asbestos in order to ensure everyone is safe, including you and other occupants alongside the workers of the abatement company. Poor handling can lead to asbestos fibers escaping into the air where they could be trapped in your HVAC filters and tracked into other parts of the home.
If you have any doubts about the asbestos abatement process or a company’s handling of asbestos, you should reach out to local work safety offices and similar agencies for guidance.
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The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections.