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Asbestos in the home is a huge health concern; the formerly popular insulating material can cause serious long term damage to anyone exposed to it, and home improvements on an old property can easily knock asbestos loose from the walls. Due to the dangers of asbestos and the safety equipment and procedures necessary for its safe removal, it is safe to say that extracting asbestos is definitely not a DIY job.
When hiring a professional for something as dangerous as asbestos removal, it is important to be able to trust your hiring decision. That means finding a tradesman that you know you can trust and who has a track record of successful jobs and satisfied customers. Plentific can help you find this tradesman in a nick of time; all you need to do is post your job and you will receive quotes from some of the best Pros in your local area. Each potential hire will also have a Plentific profile showing their experience, qualifications, past projects and customer reviews. Managing your messages and Pros is simple from the Plentific Dashboard, and you can even make secure payments instantly through the Plentific Wallet. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific is covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
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What do you need to know about asbestos removal?
The first thing worth knowing about asbestos removal is that it is not always necessary. Asbestos was used as a building material in home construction up until a few decades ago, and many older houses contain a trace amount of it in the walls. However, this does not become dangerous until it is disturbed, which is why asbestos removal often goes hand in hand with home improvements for older properties. If you believe your home may contain asbestos, start by getting an asbestos survey carried out and never withhold the information from your tradesmen; as a homeowner, you may be held accountable if your tradesmen become ill from being exposed to asbestos in your property.
Difficulties and costs relating to the removal of asbestos depend on a number of factors, including the location of the asbestos in question. Removing asbestos from the inside of a pipe or boiler is only likely to cost hundreds, but removing asbestos from a ceiling or wall is not only a specialist task, but it will also require a degree of repair work afterwards. Removing asbestos form an entire room is likely to cost thousands, but you must remember that it is an investment in your safety, as well as those of your workers: Over a quarter of those that die from asbestos related illnesses have worked in the construction industry!
When it comes to hiring someone for asbestos removal it is crucial that you take the time to check their background. They will need a Class A or Class B license for asbestos removal, and may well have undergone industry training elsewhere. Ask to see customer reviews and make sure that they have a history of working with properties similar to yours. Before discussing quotes, get your potential hires to talk about safety procedures; they should have the correct and up to date equipment to do their job safely, and will also need active public liability insurance in case of any accidents. Look out for any potential hires that belong to a national tradesman's' association, such as the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA). These groups have extremely high entry standards for professionalism and workmanship that members must constantly reach in their work.