After the Second World War era, despite the government and the manufacturers were aware of the adverse effects of asbestos on human health, they weighed the benefits against the disadvantages and opted to commission extensive use of the toxic material. Although the use of asbestos was rejected, many homes still have asbestos material keeping them at risk of health, lawsuits and financial burdens.
Asbestos is not harmful when it is in good condition. However, when its fibre deteriorates and becomes airborne, it becomes a hazardous substance. Any person can easily inhale these small fibres or embedded in bodily tissues. Such exposure over an extended period can result in lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. All these conditions are fatal, and the symptoms might take from 15-40 years after exposure before they occur. Recent research has also concluded that asbestos can also cause ovarian, prostate, breast and laryngeal cancers.
Financial and legal concerns
A homeowner can be faced with numerous legal and financial issues when asbestos is present on their property. According to the law, an owner can be held accountable for negligence and any harm that befalls occupants due to the material. When the property owner does not take necessary measure to warn people of possible asbestos exposure or does not do all that is needed to prevent exposure, it is considered negligence. It is, therefore, necessary to hire professional asbestos removal services.
Hiring a professional asbestos contractor
It does not make any sense to hire a professional to do any form of repair or removal on your property if they will not perform their job correctly. Asbestos removal Adelaide services vary from one company to another. Therefore when hiring a professional, follow these tips.
Is the professional asbestos remover registered? You should ensure that whoever you hire is registered and has all the necessary training required to inspect for asbestos and remove it.
Get the samples and bring it to test by a certified asbestos testing lab. The lab should work independently from the contractor who took the samples.
You should also compare the rates of different contractors. It will prevent you from being overcharged. Ensure that the quoted price of any contractor includes, clean-up, the cost of set up, replacement materials, and labour. It will make sure that there are no hidden costs.
It is also paramount to do some background checks on the contractor so as to establish his reputation and experience before hiring them.
Through the internet, homeowners can be able to locate qualified asbestos removal professionals in Adelaide quickly. However, take your time before you select the contractor you want to work on your property.