Three steps that every homeowner should take before they remodel.
One of the biggest fears that most homeowners have is the fear of finding asbestos in their home. If you are like many, the thought of asbestos brings to mind lung cancer, lawsuits and Mesothelioma. And yet, if your home was built before the 1980s, the chances are good that one or more of the building materials used to construct your home contains asbestos.
“I would say one of the biggest concerns that our clients have is the safety of themselves and of their family members,” said Rich Jackson of Jackson Demo. “They want to know that they are going to be okay during the abatement and that they aren’t going to be at risk of developing serious health conditions.”
Decades ago, asbestos was commonly used because its durability and resistance to fire. Builders used asbestos in a variety of materials including tile, roofing, pipes, ducts, cement, insulation, siding and drywall.
Exposure to asbestos fibers, when disturbed, can lead to a variety of life-threatening diseases. That’s why it’s so important to consult with an expert before starting a remodel or demolition project in your home.
“You can’t see the fibers in the air, and if you’re not trained to identify asbestos, there’s a good chance that you could expose yourself or your family if you start working on a remodel without having someone come out and test it,” Jackson added.
Step One: Call For Testing
Experts recommend calling in a trained professional before your project begins to take samples and test them for asbestos. Because certain cities and counties require a permit to remove asbestos, having the testing done first is the fastest and safest way to get a project done. A consultant can help you expedite the process and ensure that you are following important health and safety codes.
Experienced contractors like Jackson Demo can recommend the right environmental consultant for specific jobs and provide quotes and timelines on abatement projects.
Step Two: Hire a Professional
Experts recommend calling in a trained professional before your project begins to take samples and test them for asbestos. Because certain cities and counties require asbestos to be removed before they will issue a building permit, having the testing done first is the fastest and safest way to get a project done. A State Certified Asbestos consultant can help you expedite the process and ensure that you are following important health and safety codes and regulations.
Experienced contractors like Jackson Demo can recommend the right environmental consulting firm for specific jobs and provide quotes and timelines on abatement projects.
Step Three: Know the Facts
California has specific laws and regulations that companies must obey in order to ensure proper removal of hazardous materials. Because not all contractors are versed in these regulations, homeowners should be sure to ask whether the contractor is certified with the state to perform asbestos abatement and how many years that they have been working in this field.
It is also important to note that only registered asbestos removal contractors that are approved by the state are allowed to remove asbestos. Many Southern California residents turn to Jackson Demo because they have been an industry leader in asbestos abatement for more than 30 years.
If you are starting a remodel or demo project, call Jackson Demo for your free consultation.