Asbestos, often thought of as a type of mold, is actually a group of fibrous minerals. These minerals were used for many years in building materials, until the state of California discovered its cancer causing properties.
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The tiny fibers of asbestos can become airborne and inhaled into the lungs, leaving behind lifelong scar tissue, mesothelioma and many other cancerous and deadly ailments. Always wear a breathing mask and protective clothing when exposed to asbestos.
Is removal necessary?
In some cases, if the contaminated area is left undisturbed it is safer to leave the asbestos than to remove it. Hiring an independent inspector is the best way to discover if the asbestos in your home needs to be removed immediately or if it can wait.
Estimates and Referrals
Finding a qualified asbestos removal professional is an important aspect of the job. Get estimates and referrals from several contractors and check for state licensing. If in doubt, contact the EPA for more information about your state's laws and regulations for asbestos removal.
In 2010, depending on the extent of your asbestos troubles, the cost of removal by a professional can range between $2,000 and $4,000, with extreme full-house asbestos removal costing $20,000 or more. Hourly rates run between $200 and $500 per hour.