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What to look for in an asbestos removal firm

| by Clinton Moore

Commonly found in buildings built before the year 2000, asbestos is an incredibly dangerous mineral and causes around 5,000 deaths every year. When materials containing asbestos are disturbed or damaged, deadly fibres are released into the air, which if inhaled, can cause serious illness and disease such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, pleural thickening and asbestosis. For that reason, asbestos surveying, removal and disposal usually needs to be carried out by a specialised, experienced and most importantly, licensed contractor. Unfortunately, unscrupulous tradespeople are carrying out these services without the correct training, knowledge or certifications. Not only does this present health risks for the individual performing the work, it also puts members of the public in danger too. Therefore, it is crucial to know that the contractor or firm you are choosing to use for your asbestos surveying, removal and disposal needs are capable, qualified and reputable. So, with this in mind, here is what you should look for in an asbestos removal firm, cost is one thing but there is much more to consider than the financial expense of getting the job done!

Competitive price

Before you even start researching or asking questions of a particular contractor, the asbestos removal cost they are quoting could be a big giveaway. Those in need of asbestos surveying, removal and disposal will obviously want to pay a reasonable and affordable price, but extreme caution should be exercised when cheap quotes are provided. If it sounds too good to be true, it invariably is. The asbestos removal cost can vary significantly depending on the type of material, but Sperion is able to provide advice on the most economical way to manage this harmful mineral, which can potentially save you thousands of pounds in the long run.

Correct accreditation

Even though some asbestos removal tasks, which involve low risk materials, can be performed by contractors without an HSE (Health & Safety Executive) license, it is recommended that your preferred option have the correct accreditation. This way, you’ll know for sure that they have been tested and approved to high standards by those responsible for ensuring asbestos health and safety is adhered to. A licensed contractor should only carry out the removal of higher risk asbestos containing materials, such as sprayed coatings, insulation, lagging and insulating boards. Here at Sperion, we are licensed and approved by the Heath & Safety Executive and also work with the Environment Agency as a Registered Waste Carrier.

Industry experience

Last but not least, you’ll need to find out how much experience your contractor has and whether they’ve built up a glowing reputation. Ask if they’re able to provide any reviews and recommendations or see whether they’ve carried out work in the local area. At Sperion, we draw upon in excess of 40 years experience gained at the highest level. Our directors and senior management have worked with virtually every project scenario imaginable concerning asbestos surveying, removal and disposal cost. Although we are based in Essex, we have provided safe asbestos removal at low cost throughout eastern and southern regions of the UK. So, as long as you choose an asbestos removal firm that quotes a competitive price, has industry accreditation and plenty of experience, your health won’t be at risk.

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