There are many companies that perform asbestos surveys for local as well as state and federal governments. Before you actually sign up with a company, there are things that you should check into and research about them and the service that they will provide you with. Some of the things to look for in a company include their licensing, insurance, history of work done for the government and certification. All of this information can determine the quality of work that they will provide you with. With all of the asbestos survey company options out there, you want to find the right one for your needs.
There are several asbestos surveys that are performed daily and most are done in labs or with buildings that have no significant asbestos containing materials inside of them. Most of the time, companies will choose to perform the survey outdoors. There are many different types of asbestos surveys depending on where the building is located. Sometimes they will only survey certain sections of a building or may only survey certain rooms. They will make sure that the survey is thorough enough to include all areas that could contain asbestos before determining the level of risk for a particular room or area of a building. Most asbestos surveys are done on a yearly basis so there will be a notification sent to the owners of the buildings if there is new information about asbestos that has been found in the building materials.
The next step is to choose which survey company to use. A lot of times, they will either send someone out to your home for you or they will send the asbestos materials to the accredited laboratories. You will need to provide them with a list of all of the rooms in your home, all of the places in your home where you might come in contact with the asbestos and any other information that they request. Most of the time the survey company will be able to give you a written estimate for the cost of the survey and it will also tell you when the survey is going to be done.
Some surveys can take longer than others. You will find that the asbestos survey company will usually send someone out to your home for a couple of days before sending the samples and doing the testing. If you live in an apartment complex, the asbestos survey company will probably go out once a month. There are also some private companies that will do the surveys monthly. There are pros and cons to having a private company to do the surveys, but many people feel that it is better to have someone professional doing the tests and that they are more sensitive to the questions that are being asked.
The next step is to do your own research and to do your own independent research about whether the asbestos surveying should be done by a government agency or by a private company. There are many arguments for why these asbestos surveys should be performed by a government agency. Some of the reasons are that the sampling is more accurate, the professionals who are doing the surveys understand what they are doing and the testing is done according to the current regulations. Private companies would not have access to the same amount of data that the government agencies have because they do not have as many resources.
One reason why you may feel better having a private company to perform the asbestos surveys is that the results will be based on what they find. A company will do their own independent investigation and will gather the information from you, the homeowner, and the building they are thinking about tearing down. They will also make their own charts and graphs, and will even talk with you if you have any concerns about the health risks of the materials. This gives you more control over the whole process, and if you feel uncomfortable about anything, you can voice those concerns to the company. They will make sure that the asbestos surveys are done according to safety guidelines and that the company follows all of the laws so that they can protect your health and their own.
It is important to be aware of the asbestos survey that is being done. Many different types of buildings undergoing renovation or construction are at risk for asbestos exposure. If there is a structure that is being demolished, it may not be torn down entirely and instead could release harmful materials into the air. Some structures are just too dangerous to handle and need to be demolished. The survey report will include the different materials released into the air, the type of release, and the proximity to where the release occurred.
The best thing to do when you feel that your home or business may have been exposed to asbestos containing materials is to have your property inspected by an accredited asbestos survey company. If you choose to tear down or demolish a building, you should call a professional residential demolition contractor and ask them to include a special inspection with the purchase agreement. You may also want to have this done before you actually demolish the structure. Having a survey performed will help protect your health and the environment. It’s also a great way to protect your real estate due diligence.