Risks Of Asbestos
Surprisingly, despite the negative reputation that asbestos has been getting lately, it has lasted in the construction industry for over 150 years. So why then has no one been able to link asbestos with certain diseases? One of the reasons is that asbestos affects the body gradually; so you may have been exposed to it during a certain time, only for you to become aware of its effects some ten years later. People who have been affected by asbestos are those who were exposed to it for long periods of time such as construction workers, miners, and firefighters. This material has been shown to cause lung cancer and asbestosis.
Because of its dangerous nature, not just anyone can handle its removal and disposal. There are people who are skilled, licensed professionals who are trained in handling asbestos. You may be an avid DIY-er but there are some things that are best left to professionals.
Hire The Right Contractor
Hiring a bathroom asbestos removal company should be as easy as choosing the first company you come across, right? Wrong. Are you aware that there are a number of ‘professionals’ who are out to take a bite out of your hard earned cash? Also, insurance companies will refuse to cover any damages occurred during the bathroom asbestos removal as a result of phony contractors. Most fake contractors will entice you with offers of almost half the price of what a normal asbestos removal company would charge. To avoid all this, you should read the tips outlined below to help you hire the right asbestos removal contractor.
- You can tell a fake contractor from a real one by doing a quick search of the company online. Genuine companies will have a website, contact information, and testimonials.
- Make a list of the companies that seem genuine to you. It is important that the companies are found as close to your area of residence as possible. If you have their contact information then call or email them explaining your situation and asking for a
quote. It is best that you email them because you can easily attach photos showing the areas that contain asbestos.
Additionally, this tip will help save you money as you won’t be charged for having someone come to your house to assess the situation.
- Choose a day when you can meet them. If the contractor still needs to come to your home have him/her come during the day when there is enough natural light to see.
- Don’t be afraid to questions. Just because they are the professionals does not mean that you cannot ask questions. After all, it is your money that will be paying for the job. Ask them how they will be carrying out the job; if they have insurance; the kind of tools they will use; how long they will take etc. These are important questions, because for instance if they will take long, you will need to arrange for accommodation for you and your family in order to avoid contamination.