If you have discovered asbestos in your home or office, and are now about to contact asbestos removal companies to obtain a quote, you need to be armed with the right kinds of questions to ask, so that you can get the answers that will help you make the best decision. So with that in mind, here are some of the most important questions that you need to ask a prospective asbestos removal company.
Do You Use a Three-Chamber Decontamination Unit -- In order not to spread asbestos to the outside, reputable asbestos removal companies mount what are known as personal decontamination units on site. Ask the prospective company if their decontamination units have three separate areas, which should consist of a clean room, a shower room and an equipment room. Each of these rooms is vital in any attempt to keep asbestos contained, so make sure that the company you are calling uses all three units. The clean room is the last room a worker enters before he leaves your home or office. The shower room is self-explanatory, and the equipment room is where workers remove their uniforms and equipment.
Do You Carry Errors and Omissions Insurance With An Asbestos Specification? -- Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance covers any lawsuits that accuse a company of negligence or failure to perform its professional duty. This protects an asbestos removal company in the event that asbestos isn't fully removed from your home or office, or for work guarantees that were not met. The insurance pays for alleged or actual negligence, defence costs, personal injury and claims that result from work done in the past. Don't hire any asbestos removal company that doesn't have E&O insurance, because you may have no recourse if the job wasn't done correctly and you file a claim with a company that doesn't have this insurance, which differs from liability insurance.
Does Your Contract Include A Guarantee That An Air Sample Test Must Be Passed? -- One of the ways that asbestos removal companies measure asbestos levels is to take air samples prior to beginning their work, and then a second air sample test after the work to confirm that there is no asbestos. But unless you hire a company that puts this stipulation in the contract, you won't have a guarantee that the air in your home or office is free of asbestos. Make sure that any asbestos removal company you hire offers this confirmation in its written contract. The contract should also include a final inspection by an independent asbestos inspector.
Keep this information in mind as you begin contact local asbestos removal companies.