Asbestos is a deadly killer. Once one of man's greatest inventions, it has now turn into an evil nightmare. Asbestos can cause illnesses including malignant lung cancer and asbestosis. When dealing with Asbestos it is a good idea to have proper asbestos training, or call an Asbestos Professional. They can safely and efficiently remove Asbestos from the area.
Asbestos was used at the end of the 19th century (1800-1899) for several different building applications. It has great sound absorption, fire resistant, and cost effective properties making it the perfect choice for several government buildings. Asbestos was often mixed with cement to create fire retardant blocks and other features. Doing this made for great fireproof walls and other safety features in schools and large buildings. Creating many lawsuits later on.
The first recorded case of a patient diagnosed with an asbestos related disease was 1903, but it wasn’t till the 1930’s that the dangers of asbestos became well known. This however didn’t stop many industrial contractors from using it in building of several buildings. Concern about asbestos only increased till the 1980’s when it was banned from several countries including the United States of America.
Asbestos is a deadly killer. Once one of man’s greatest inventions, it has now turn into an evil nightmare. Asbestos can cause illnesses including malignant lung cancer and asbestosis.
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If you find Asbestos you should call a trained professional to remove it. The EPA recommends that you find Asbestos professional that has no “conflict of interest”. This means that the firm you use to assess the damage is different than the one you use to do the actual work. This way you’ll receive a fair price and don’t get screwed.
You should also check to see if they have proper paperwork needed to remove Asbestos. The government provides training to remove Asbestos and you shouldn’t trust a company without it. The training covers many practices to help keep everyone on the job safe, including you. Remember those diseases I talked about in the beginning, You don’t want any of those so make sure they have the paperwork.
The final thing they recommend you do, is to check out the companies previous records through the Better Business Bureau. The Better Business Bureau provides safety records, work complains and lots of other invaluable information about any business you could find (even outside of Asbestos removal). The Better Business Bureau will rate companies on a scale of A+ to F, making it easy to assess if a company will do a good job or not. You shouldn’t use a company that doesn’t have a rate or has a rating below an “A”.
Asbestos is a scary substance, and should be dealt with according. Proper disposal is key, if not disposed of properly it may cause several problems later on. The people you effect can take you to court and sue the crap out of you (it’s also just morally wrong). You don’t want to end up like a local tv commercial so pay the extra money and do it right the first time.
John Hinds writes for Lojix and Shard Design. His interests include sport, music, reading and travelling.