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Pq, Home Buyer in 95051

asbestos air sampling

Asked by Pq, 95051 Sun Oct 30, 2011

We bought a 75y/o home which has asbestos in the heating ducts, boots and registers. We had 2 companies out for abatement estimates. One is much more expensive but recommend air clearance, the other one is much less expensive but recommend against air sampling due to their excellent work that they will not leave anything behind. We are confused. Should we get the air sampling testing after abestos removal? Is BCM or TCM needed? should we hire an independent company to perform the testing so the testing can be objective? Do you have any recommendation for testing company? Thanks,


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Understanding the complete process of abating the asbestos may help with your decision. Finding out if each company will do a complete "poly" (encapsuling the entire work area with plastic... ceiling, walls and floors), if they will dampen everything prior to removal, and whether or not they hand wash and vacuum the entire area may clarify your decision.

If the procedure is done carefully and correctly air quality contamination can be minimal......but safety should be your primary concern.

Good luck,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 31, 2011
The house may have been built in 1936,
but I would expect that the Heating and Ducts have been installed more recently.

I would ask a good Heating Company to inspect and make recomendations.

The AIR is the only thing you are really worried about with respect to Asbestos.
You didn't mention any concern about LEAD, but that would be a more likely problem.
These are problems that you inherit when you mess around with a 75 year old house.

Good luck and may God bless
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 30, 2011

If I were in your shoes I would go with the contractor that guarantees 100% removal (including air). Then I would have a separate company test for air clearance. This way if asbestos is found in the air you won't take on additional cost but you will have the comfort of knowing it has been completely removed.

You might also be interested in http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/ashome.html that answers the common questions below:
What Is Asbestos?
How Can Asbestos Affect My Health?
Where Can I Find Asbestos And When Can It Be A Problem?
Examples of Where Asbestos Hazards May Be Found In The Home
What Should Be Done About Asbestos In The Home?
How To Identify Materials That Contain Asbestos
How To Manage An Asbestos Problem
Asbestos Do's And Don'ts for the Homeowner
Asbestos Professionals: Who Are They and What Can They Do?
If You Hire A Professional Asbestos Inspector
If You Hire A Corrective-Action Contractor

The main EPA asbestos page is http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/index.html

Additionally, I would ask for contractor referrals from people you know and trust. I would also vet any suggestions via the online service http://www.angieslist.com , which I personally use because it has a great customer feedback rating system.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 30, 2011
If the company truly leaves nothing behind, I would guess they would be comfortable enough to provide proof of that for your peace of mind. Asbestos in the air and heating ducts is nothing to mess around with so it boils down to what you feel comfortable with but don't step over dollars at the cost of your health.

The Company I have used several times with excellent results is http://www.benchmarkenvironmental.com/ab_contact.html - They have been around for many years and are excellent at what they do.

Good Luck!

Dawn O'Neal
Realty World Executive Advantage
Web Reference: http://DawnOneal.com
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