The dangers of asbestos have been clear for many decades now. Everyone at some point breathes in traces of asbestos daily because it is naturally found in the environment. However, exposure to significant amounts of asbestos can have serious health problems on a person. This article will discuss what to do if you find asbestos in your home, when hiring an asbestos professional.
If you suspect that your home has asbestos material, understand that you do not always need to take action. It is true that asbestos exposure can lead to serious health problems. However, asbestos materials do not always pass a risk unless the fibres are disturbed and become airborne. If the asbestos material is likely to be disturbed or for your sanity, you can fix or remove the problem.
Hiring an Asbestos Professional
The type of asbestos professional you will need depends on the type of material that you’re dealing with. In addition, it also depends on the details surrounding what needs to be done. That is whether you need the professional to repair the asbestos material or remove it. The asbestos professional is able to do the following for you:
- Do a thorough inspection of your home
- Take samples and assess suspected asbestos material
- Provide advice on your options to deal with the asbestos issue
Because of how expensive removing of asbestos materials is, it may be wise to use two different professionals or companies. One professional or firm can assess the need for corrective action to be taken. While the other, performs the work of fixing or removing the asbestos. This is the best way to stay clear of a likely conflict of interest.
When choosing an asbestos professional research on their credentials, ask for proof of federal or state approved training and references. Get a cost estimate from more than one professional. Further, make sure that any assessment done includes both a visual inspection and a lab analysis of the suspected asbestos materials. And finally ask for a written contract detailing the work plan.
If you are suffering the effects of asbestos exposure, speak to an asbestos attorney today for legal advice and representation.