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Using a Contractor for Asbestos Shingles.

Private homes generally aren't required to follow the same asbestos regulations that schools and other public buildings must adhere to. However, when it comes to asbestos, it's always best to hire a professional that will adhere to state or federal-approved procedures.

Unfortunately, there are companies out there that make misleading claims about their test results and work habits. For instance, some companies will state materials need to be removed when there's actually no asbestos present in them at all. Others may use improper removal techniques, which can endanger the workers and you and your family. Here's what you need to know about using a contractor so you make the right choice.


Conduct The Right Tests

Make sure the correct testing procedures are followed to determine whether or not there is actual asbestos present. If you're not sure if you can trust the results, have a non-affiliated person or business come out to conduct their own test, and be sure you don't tell them about the results of the previous test conducted. If there are any discrepancies, continue with testing until you know for sure whether or not there is asbestos present.

Check for Safety Violations

Before reaching out to any company for potential abatement, check with the local worker safety agency and the Better Business Bureau and see if there are any complaints against them. Then, reach out to the company directly and ask about the safety equipment workers will use, which should include approved gloves, respirators, and other protective clothing.

Get a Written Contract

Once you find a company that seems to be doing things right, have a written contract drawn up that specifics the plan for repair/removal and cleaning up after the fact. The plan should follow all local, state, and federal regulations including disposal procedures and any notifications that must be given to local agencies.

Keep Everyone Safe

Throughout the process, the contractor should keep the work area sealed off from the rest of the home using duct tape and plastic sheeting. Any HVAC system in the area should be shut down to avoid spreading asbestos dust. The work site should also be marked as hazardous and everyone should be instructed on how to proceed accordingly. No pets or household members should enter the area until the work is cleaned and completed.

Asbestos testing and inspection are performed through our sister company Albany Asbestos, LLC.

To schedule a Asbestos testing, sampling and inspection call our Team: (518) 964-2081!

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.

Phone: 1-800-598-4754

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