Taking pictures for a design studio that focuses on home renovation is a gig that most photographers would dream about. Imagine that you got that job. All the beautiful landscape and interiors would be amazing to shoot. And yet, could you imagine having to work around “containment” areas for garbage in the midst the home renovation job you were shooting? That would be a problem and it is certain that you would rightly protest not having a tidy set. In the case of asbestos removal, containment is actually a “thing” that might lead to a junky set for you to shoot during a home renovation project. Even though it may not seem like a great plan, there are instances when leaving the hazardous material may be more advantageous than total removal.
Asbestos control, sometimes called asbestos abatement, can be a desirable solution for many factors. Initially, even with all the fanfare about it, there are instances when asbestos does not cause any risk to people. Of course, that’s provided that it stays undisturbed and in its original manner. Asbestos is not a problem on its own. It is the strings that can be forced out that present trouble. Once those fibers are breathed in, they become a big complication. What service providers like asbestos removal Atlanta do is test for the presence of the material before any redesign work is done. Once a renovation team opens up walls or clears a popcorn ceiling, any asbestos found there will surely be discharged into the air, causing a substantial health hazard to any person who inhales it.
Back when I worked for a photography agency, I had a colleague, Derek, who was leaving his career to start work with his father’s asbestos and mold removal company in Atlanta. That’s a crazy transition, but it is what he ultimately wanted to do. It was a family business that he had a profound knowledge of. So, when I was preparing to buy my house, I asked Derek about doing those tests. I also wanted to see if there were ever any economical methods to control or contain the material if it was found. I was shocked that a property owner could merely employ a company to come in and do standard servicing to guarantee any asbestos contained on the property remained undisturbed. Also, he let me know providers take care of asbestos in a couple of ways that include conducting building surveys and hazard assessments; performing standard inspections and analysis of materials; and more. It seemed like a suitable option given that there were no current problems.
I know that if Derek had been presently partnered alongside his father and the family business and they were based in Atlanta instead of Houston, I would have chosen them without question. As is stood, I was able to find a reputable, dependable business in my backyard. Because I had so much knowledge from Derek, I was not anxious making the call to find a provider. I knew I had already gotten some rather excellent advice from my co-worker. I was able to clearly express my concern about asbestos in my home. The company I chose was happy to send a representative to show up and examine the house. They present final word to me on the most effective way to move forward given their findings. Thankfully, my house had just a touch of asbestos that was found in an un-permitted part of the property. I was able to have it enclosed and removed during a long weekend.
Generally, if you are buying a house or taking pictures for your dream job at a design firm, it is best to realize the simple presence of asbestos is not cause for concern. However, if you are considering a new home for your family, I would still recommend asbestos extraction over containment if you can afford it.