Asbestos Abatement - Your Experience?
Today we just had 100 linear feet of asbestos pipe insulation removed from the basement of a house we're renovating. The house is empty, and on the verge of a major interior remodel (no one lives at the house now).
The asbestos abatement company is a professionally certified outfit, and I was there this morning when they setup - they appeared fully equipped and qualified to do the job. I found them through a referral actually.
However, I wasn't at the house when they finished, but had asked for a phone call from one of the supervisors to let me know it was done (my plan was to go to the house and check it out before they left). I never got a call so I went over about 30-60 minutes before they had thought they'd be finished this afternoon. They were already gone. One part that I missed was the aggressive air quality test (using fans, etc.) which was performed by an independent industrial hygienist. I was hoping to be around so I could talk to the hygienist about the results, essentially for peace of mind (and to make sure the person seemed professional).
So I did talk to my main contact at the abatement company (I called him) when I got to the empty house, and of course he told me everything went fine and his crew contacted him when they left and reported that the industrial hygienist gave the "all clear" for the work area. Visually, the basement looks very clean (and this was a very dingy, dusty and dirty basement)...though in some spots there are still the random spider-web strings and coatings of light dirt - so it's not like they wet-wiped every square inch of surface area. However the pipes appear to be asbestos-free and you can smell encapsulant so I know they used it.
I was promised the air quality test report in the next day or so, along with the abatement certification. Once I get all that, I will pay the company the rest of their fee.
For those of you who have had similar work done (particularly in a basement), how clean was the space afterwards and were you presented written air quality findings on the spot at the end of the work?