Precautions to Take for Asbestos Removal at Homes in Arlington, VA

Homeowners in Arlington, VA who suspect asbestos-containing materials in their homes should first call a professional asbestos inspector who will assess the need for asbestos removal. The asbestos inspector should not be connected with the asbestos removal company who does the actual removal of the asbestos materials from your Arlington, VA home.

The asbestos inspector should supply you with a complete visual inspection and a collection of samples taken from your home in Arlington, VA for laboratory analysis. Once asbestos is determined, the inspector should provide you with a written evaluation of the damage and recommendations for removal.

After the inspection, an asbestos contractor hired for the removal of the asbestos should give you a written contract with the asbestos removal plan and cleanup for your home in Arlington, VA.

Make sure your asbestos removal contractor follows these safety precautions—

  • The worksite is clearly marked as a hazardous area.
  • No one is allowed in the work area other than the professional asbestos removal team.
  • The work area is sealed off from the rest of your Arlington, VA home with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
  • Heating and air conditioning systems are turned off.
  • Do not spread or track asbestos dust to other areas of your Arlington, VA home.
  • Disposes of the asbestos materials, disposable equipment, and clothing used by the asbestos removal team. These should be sealed in leak-proof, heavy-duty plastic bags which are labeled.
  • All areas of the worksite should be visually free of dust and debris.
  • The entire area should be cleaned with wet mops and rags and a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuum cleaner.
  • Asbestos-containing materials should never be broken into smaller pieces because this could release asbestos fibers into the air.
  • Asbestos-containing materials should be wet down with a hand sprayer to eliminate fibers from floating into the air.

Once the asbestos removal contractor has completed the work, an asbestos inspector should perform another inspection to assure the asbestos properly removed and areas cleaned.

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When you Might Need an Asbestos Inspector in Washington, D.C.

Unfortunately, you can not tell whether a material in your Washington, D.C. home contains asbestos just by looking at it. Most asbestos is found in homes built before 1980. If you suspect asbestos-containing material such as damaged floor or ceiling tiles, or if you are planning on any renovations in the near future that will require removing or disturbing the material, the EPA recommends that you have an asbestos inspector take samples and be tested by an outside professional laboratory.

An accredited professional asbestos inspector can inspect your home or business, take samples of suspected materials and then advise you about what needs to be done to rid your home or place of business in Washington, D.C. of any asbestos-containing materials.

A Washington D.C. asbestos inspector will first do a complete visual examination of your home in Washington, D.C. He will carefully collect samples for testing and send off to a laboratory for analysis of the samples taken from the home.

If the samples test positive for asbestos, the asbestos inspector should give you a written evaluation of his findings, the location and the extent of the damage. He should then recommend a plan to either contain or remove the asbestos from your Washington, D.C. home by a licensed and insured asbestos contractor. Once the asbestos has been removed or contained, another inspection should be done by the professional asbestos inspector or an independent air testing contractor in Washington, D.C. to make sure there is no increase in asbestos fibers in the air.

If your asbestos inspector finds asbestos-containing materials that have not been disturbed and are in a remote area of your home in Washington, D.C. that no one ever comes in contact with, he may suggest to leave it alone. Asbestos is only hazardous when it is disturbed and becomes airborne.

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