Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing Hazardous Material Management Services
When buying a home, planning to remodel an existing home, or thinking about renovation projects, an issue that is almost certain to come up with houses built before 1990 is asbestos or lead contamination. Hazardous material specialists are certified and have a comprehensive understanding of biological waste, chemical substances, and toxic materials. A hazardous materials contractor is skilled in dangerous materials identification, handling, storage, and adequate transport and disposal.
Despite this knowledge, we sometimes take it for granted that our homes are safe and not detrimental to our health in any way. We underestimate the risks posed by substances like asbestos and radon in the air we breathe. We ignore lead contamination in our water and wonder why we have allergies and sicknesses when we have mould thriving in the basement or crawl spaces.
To help you avoid some basic errors that could prove costly in terms of your and your family’s health. ABI Hazmat Corp has put together a list of the most common mistakes people make when choosing hazardous material management services.
1. DIY home assessment
It is easy to watch a how-to video on Youtube and figure out how to go about renovating your home or basement. Still, with the risk of long-term health issues like cancer and lung diseases, it is very wise to have the house checked for asbestos, mould, lead, and radon. Deciding to have your basement and home tested will ensure you and your family are healthy and prosperous for years to come.
2. Hiring a contractor who does not care
Not all hazardous material contractors are equal in terms of their abilities or their competence levels. Additionally, due to misleading claims made by uninformed publications, some contractors fail to take their role seriously and slack-off on essential checks for materials like asbestos as they feel it is not a priority.
3. Handling hazardous materials without the know-how
The proper handling of materials is detrimental to human health. For example, until about twenty-five years ago, we were woefully unaware of asbestos’ effects and hardly protected ourselves from asbestos fibres. Today, professional hazardous waste management companies are trained and equipped with advanced protective gear and machines to deal with any situation.
4. Attempting to handle the project themselves
Tasks involving the transportation and disposal of hazardous materials are best left to the professionals. The dumping of harmful materials does not just call for extensive paper-work to be filed, it also needs permissions and permits to landfill sites.
5. Not looking-before-they-leap
As mentioned before, houses built before 1990 can have various harmful materials used during construction. A mistake we often see is customers jumping into a renovation project and unknowingly disturbing the asbestos or lead, making it harder to clean-up and remove, which adds to overall costs.
To avoid these and other mistakes, reach out to the leading hazardous material consultants in Kamloops, BC, at ABI Hazmat Corp. We offer various residential and commercial consulting services so you can have peace of mind when managing contamination from potentially hazardous materials. Our services include asbestos testing/inventory, mould testing and remediation scope of work, lead testing/removal scope of work, and radon testing. We serve clients across Kamloops, Merritt, Salmon Arm, Clearwater, Vernon, Kelowna, 100 Mile House, Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Barrière, Peachland, Penticton, Revelstoke, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Fort St. John, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, and the surrounding areas.