These days, people who live in rather old houses that contains asbestos would rather not have an asbestos removal team into their homes because they are afraid that they cannot afford the cost of getting rid of this hazardous material. They think that if the asbestos remains undisturbed, then they do not need to worry about its very dangerous nature. But is it really that expensive to get rid of the asbestos in the home? Would it be better if you do the asbestos removal yourself, or is getting the services of professionals still better? You will find the answers to these questions and more by reading this simple, yet informative article.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestosis a type of silicate mineral and is characterized by its unique fibrous crystal formation. This mineral was once very popular as a construction material additive, mainly because of its average tensile strength, soundproofing qualities, its ability to resist heat, electricity, and chemical damage, and because it was really cheap to mine the material. But there came a time when the once popular asbestos became infamous and banned from all construction sites and is also made illegal to sell.
The reason why asbestos became a banned substance is because it was discovered that they are highly-carcinogenic. When a person is exposed to asbestos fibers (through inhalation), the development of serious respiratory illnesses will ensue. When the tiny fibers are inhaled, they are too big to pass through the lining of the lungs so that they can get expelled with the other bodily wastes, they will latch onto the lining and develop scar tissue. In extreme cases, the scar tissue actually becomes tumors.
How Much Does Asbestos Removal Cost?
Now that you have an idea on just how scary asbestos contamination really is, now you need to know how much it will cost to get rid of it. The cost of asbestos removal will vary depending on the company you sign up with, and by how much asbestos is in your property. Typically, if your house is around 1,800 square meters, that would translate roughly to $30,000; and this is a tidy sum of money. But if you think about it, spending a bit of money to make your home safe to live in once again is actually very much worth it.
Fortunately, there are some reputable companies who will also offer you some solutions on keeping the asbestos under control without you having to empty out your bank account. One of the best things that they would do is isolate the areas where asbestos was found so that the damage to the property is minimized; this is why it is a good idea to have the remediation service send a person over to your house to conduct various tests in order to find out exactly where in your house the asbestos is located.
Another way that you can save money on asbestos removal is to choose the company that does not always recommend that you tear down an entire wall to get at the asbestos inside. For instance, in our company we will try to encapsulate the offending asbestos source by wrapping it tightly with plastic; this will prevent the fibers from getting released into the atmosphere, and it will also allow the asbestos to continue doing what it was supposed to do.
Though it is true that you will be spending quite a lot of money on professional asbestos removal, it is a small price to pay if the money will actually prevent any harm from happening to yourself and your family. So spend a little money right now so that more costly problems will not happen in the future.
Absolute Environmental Services
38 Thorn St Pennant Hills, NSW, 2120, Australia
0425 257 142, (02) 9484 7313