Asbestos removal can be a costly and tricky process to perform. However, if you are person that has confirmed or suspects asbestos materials in your home or business, you are more than likely considering having it removed. But before embarking on having the asbestos abated, there are several things that must be considered, and some very essential money-saving information to be found.
If you suspect that material in your home or business contains some sort of asbestos, evaluate the item or area first. Does it seem to be in good condition? If so, it may not be necessary to have the item area cleared. Asbestos containing items that are in good shape are usually of no harm to people. It is when these items become old and the brittle nature of asbestos comes into effect and fibers begin to float through the air when the health concerns become an issue. Even given this information, there is still a degree of alarm, especially if the area in question is a business or a family home. If it is still desired to have the questionable areas/items cleared of asbestos, the first step is to have the asbestos contamination verified. There are several companies that perform these sorts of analysis. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) maintain a list of accredited laboratories that test material for asbestos, their phone number and contact information can be found on: http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/help.html.
Once asbestos contamination has been confirmed, it is common practice to abandon and seal off that particular area until the abatement process has been completed. Unless you are a licensed asbestos contractor, then the next logical step will be to find a certified contractor to complete the removal. What contractor you hire can have a profound effect on cost as well as the overall quality of work.
From that point, the contractor will remove all furniture and carpet from the area to be cleaned. All material suspected of asbestos contamination will be soaked in water in order to prevent fibers from flying into the air during removal. Only small portions of the product will be removed at a time and those items will be coated with a sealant that makes them safe for disposal. Final clean up will involve a special vacuum cleaner that is certified for removing asbestos to suck up any remaining fibers. In addition to disposing of the actual asbestos containing products themselves, any tools used in the removal process must be disposed of as well. The final step in the process is for the contractor to repair the areas where the asbestos was removed. Then of course, you pay your bill and move back in!