Residential and commercial properties built pre-1980 commonly consisted of countless construction and insulation products that contained asbestos. Due to the numerous health concerns that have come to light over the years, not to mention various subsequent building code regulations, very few modern products currently contain asbestos.
For these reasons, home and commercial building owners are doing everything in their power to ensure that their structures are as asbestos-free as possible. While there are many do-it-yourself solutions out there, the best course of action is always hiring a professional asbestos removal company to take care of this task for you.
Is It Better to Remove Asbestos or Leave It?
The short answer is it is always better to remove asbestos whenever renovating or if the area has been disturbed due to unforeseen circumstance.
Before commencing any construction, remodeling, or repair project in your home or business, it’s important to determine the age of the structure. If your home or commercial building was built before 1980, you should check for potential asbestos presence and contamination.
Asbestos is most hazardous to your health and the health of others when its fibres are disturbed and become airborne as a result of various types of construction (e.g. cutting, drilling, etc.). Once this happens, the fibres can be inhaled and clog your lungs, causing a plethora of respiratory problems, especially when inhaled in large amounts for long periods of time.
Can I Remove Asbestos on My Own?
We do not recommend that anyone you remove asbestos yourself unless you have Technically, you can remove asbestos yourself, but the real question is whether it’s better to hire a professional asbestos removal company to protect your health and the health of anyone else who uses your property.
Professional asbestos removal companies utilize special OHS-certified techniques and equipment that are designed to remove asbestos as safely and thoroughly as possible.
Asbestos Removal Company Hiring Guide
There are certain factors that you should consider when hiring an asbestos removal company for your home or business. Always keep in mind that while some companies may specialize solely in asbestos removal, others offer a variety of different services related to asbestos removal as well. Examine your specific asbestos removal needs and make your decision based on that.
Here are a few important factors that can make a world of difference.
Level of Experience
As is the case with any type of professional service you hire, level of experience is essential. Asbestos removal companies that have been in business for a long time tend to know the ins and outs of the industry very well because they have literally encountered every possible scenario you can imagine. They also have the expertise, work ethic, and access to high-end materials and tools needed to get the job done right.
Oftentimes, these are companies that have also hired and trained a number of novice OHS-certified technicians as well and they come highly recommended by their customers.
Licensing is another important criterion when it comes to hiring an asbestos removal company because you want to make sure that the technician working on your structure is fully certified to do the job. This is associated with the level of experience and training that they have in the field.
An important part of the asbestos abatement process is for a skilled technician to examine the structure and collect samples from various materials on the inside and outside. Those samples are then sent to a laboratory where they’ll be tested for asbestos presence.
Licensed asbestos removal companies have strong relationships with these laboratories and can assure the most accurate and efficient results. Unlicensed contractors, on the other hand, have no way of guaranteeing that same level of service and they lack the same level of regulation.
Range of Services
As mentioned, when hiring a professional asbestos removal company, it’s important to make sure you choose one that offers a wide range of services to suit your needs. Additional services can include:
- Mould removal
- Pre- and post-asbestos removal cleanup
- Interior demolition
- Hoarding cleanup
- Water removal/extraction
- Odour control and removal
- Post construction cleanup
- Commercial carpet cleaning
- Bedbug treatment preparation
- Marijuana Grow-Op remediation and cleaning
- Electrostatic application of anti-virus disinfectants
All of these services are intertwined with one another to varying degrees. While on the job, our skilled technicians will gladly check any other potential problem areas you may have and recommend the appropriate service to accommodate your needs.
Testing for Asbestos
Professional asbestos removal companies apply a very rigorous testing process. Samples will be collected from all materials inside and outside your property. Those samples will then be promptly sent to laboratories that specialize in asbestos testing where they’ll be assessed for potential health and safety concerns regarding the level of asbestos they each contain. Once the results are ready, the technicians will contact you immediately.
Property Inspection and Asbestos Removal Techniques
Two things worth considering when hiring an asbestos removal company is whether or not they offer complete property inspections and what techniques they use. If asbestos contamination is found in one part of your home or business, and if a renovation has not been completed in the last 30 years, chances are that the entire structure is affected. But the only way you’ll know for sure is by performing a complete property inspection.
As far as asbestos removal goes, there are three OHS-approved classes:
- Type 1 (low risk)
- Type 2 (medium risk)
- Type 3 (high risk)
Cost of Asbestos Removal
Cost is another important consideration when hiring an asbestos removal company. You should have a general budget in mind and consult with a few different companies to guarantee you’re getting the absolute best value for the money you’re spending. Also, keep in mind that the cost will vary depending on the size of your property and the amount of work to be done.
Asking for references of past work is a great way to determine whether you should hire a certain asbestos removal company. Check out the company’s online reviews, customer satisfaction ratings, and images of their past work.
GTA Property Service Group Inc. Asbestos Abatement
GTA Property Service Group Inc. offers extensive asbestos abatement services including inspection, monitoring, and removal in Toronto, Mississauga, and Brampton. We also specialize in a number of other commercial and residential structural services to suit your specific needs. Contact us today to get a quote or schedule a consultation.