Gutting an asbestos-laden house

Old 10-04-10, 06:27 PM
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Gutting an asbestos-laden house

Bought a 100 year old home (1910) that needs to be gutted and redone. Once the contractors tear everything out (asbestos and all) and the flooring guys are done refinishing the hardwood, is there a risk for anyone coming into the house at that point of inhaling asbestos or other bad stuff or had it all been settled and subsequently removed by the floorers?

In other words, do I go with the cheaper guys with dustmasks who say "asbestos, I play it in" or the expensive guys with full body suits who specialize in hazardous removal?
Old 10-05-10, 04:08 AM
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I can't imagine anyone treating asbestos lightly

While asbestos is pretty benign while wet, the real danger is inhaling the dust! You want all the debris [including dust] removed. If the cheap guys are doing that, then they aren't posing a hazard to anyone but their selves..... but I suspect they won't do a good clean up job You also don't want to expose other trades to the asbestos dust.
Old 10-05-10, 08:36 AM
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A home that has asbestos removed should end up with a quality piece of paper to prove the job was done right, especially if you plan to invest a considerable amount of money renovating it. If and when you sell, you will be asked to disclose what happened to that asbestos and you will want to be able to say you took care of it properly. Not a time to be taking short cuts, or dumb low bidders.


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