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Five Ways to Save Money on Asbestos Removal

Asbestos removal can be expensive, but the trade-off of creating a healthy environment is typically worth the cost. However, if your budget is strained, there are ways you can save money on asbestos removal. Check out these money saving ideas:

1. Leave the asbestos

Asbestos is typically found in all homes built prior to the mid-1980s, and it can be found in roofing, gutters, flooring, fencing, imitation cladding, window putty and a range of other places in the home.

Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer, but some analysts argue that it doesn't release deadly fibers into the air in many places. If you believe that argument, you can save money by leaving the asbestos alone, but contact a professional before making a final decision.

2. Cover it

In some cases, you can safely cover asbestos rather than removing it. For example, if it's in your vinyl flooring, you can prevent its release into the air by covering it with new flooring. Similarly, if it is in your walls, you may be able to lock it in with a layer of paint and a commitment to not disturb those walls with nails or construction.

3. Look for government grants

Committed to the health of its citizens, the Australian government is interested in helping residents and businesses remove asbestos. Before removing the asbestos in your home or office, contact your local or state government to see if any grants are available.

Grants can help to offset the cost of things like asbestos removal, and Australian governmental agencies and private nonprofits offer a range of constantly changing grants.

4. Use a tax write off

If you are removing asbestos from your business, remember you can write off the removal costs on your business taxes. The amount you spend is subtracted from your income, bringing down your tax liability and ultimately saving you money.

5. Hire the right company for the job

If you opt to hire a company to do your asbestos removal, make sure you hire one who is licensed for the task at hand. There are class A and class B licenses, and if you have both friable and nonfriable asbestos, you need a company with a class A license. If you only have non-friable asbestos, you can hire either type of company. You will need an inspector to let you know which type of asbestos you have. 

Hiring the right company insulates you from damages including liability for employees getting ill from improper removal or fines for improper removal. If you have specific questions about asbestos, contact a company like Suncoast Skips.