Frequently Asked Questions
See below for some of the top questions we get asked every day.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are you going to sample?
We sample building materials that the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards requires us to sample. Keep in mind, asbestos was used in over 3,000 building products.
How many samples are you going to take?
How long will the sampling take?
This time also is determined by the type of building material that the structure is made up of, and the size of the structure.
Is it more cost effective to just assume there is asbestos there and have it removed professionally?
No, it is always better to have it tested rather than assume asbestos is present.
Can you tell if a building material contains asbestos by looking at it?
Yes, for some building materials such as pipe insulation, siding. However, the regulation reads all building materials that have not been tested for the presence of asbestos are assumed to contain asbestos. So beware, there are contractors out there who will perform abatement projects because you have not had the material tested based on this regulation, so beware.
The house I am buying has asbestos. Can you test to verify that?
We can only test a home that you are purchasing with written permission from the homeowner.
Can you walk through the home I am buying and tell me if there is a potential for asbestos to be present?
Yes, we can but testing would need to be performed to verify.
My flooring guy said this is definitely asbestos should I bother to have it tested?
Yes, absolutely. Why take on an abatement project and the cost if it’s not asbestos.
My contractor started to remove stuff in my home but he didn’t have it tested and dust is everywhere, should I be concerned?
Absolutely, have him contain the area and stop immediately, and contact us.
I started to remove my carpet and it started to pull up the tiles underneath. I went online and it looked like asbestos. What should I do?
Stop and contact us.
If my home was built in the 90s can asbestos be in my home?
Yes, asbestos can be there. Regardless of the age of your home asbestos can be in the building materials that make up your home.
If I did a renovation project last year do I have to have it tested for asbestos?
Yes, you do. Regardless of the age of the renovation prior to doing another renovation or demolition you need to have it tested for the presence of asbestos.
How Much Does a Typical Remediation Job Cost?
You can look up pricing on the internet, and honestly some of the pricing that they claim asbestos contractors get on a project are definitely not the pricing asbestos contractors get on a project. Please do not get the incorrect pricing off of the internet and assume that it is accurate. Contact us, and we will come depending on the distance and offer you a free quote. We provide environmental remediation services all over Massachusetts. Unfortunately, we have to charge you for an estimate if you are an hour away from us, but you do receive a credit for that charge if you choose us to do your remediation project.
What Can I Expect in a Free Quote from A&E Environmental?
What Industry Certifications Does A&E Have?
A&E Environmental carries an asbestos Contractor’s License, which we need to submit a renewal application for every year in order to have it reviewed and approved for the following year. A&E also carries a Lead License from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the EPA, and a Home Improvement License with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Everyone that performs remediation projects is licensed and/or certified and trained in the remediation field that they are performing. No one that performs remediation work for A&E has been working with us for less than three years, so your project is not a test case, it is performed by seasoned individuals that take pride in the quality of their work.
How Can Environmental Remediation Services Benefit My Health?
What Can Happen if Remediation Goes Untreated?
If a remediation project goes untreated it could lead to you or others getting exposed continuously, which poses higher health risks the more you are exposed to these environments. It could compromise your health and that of others sooner than you anticipated. It could also compromise the integrity of your home, school, or facility the longer that it stays on these building materials. The project could become more involved, more extensive, and more costly than it would have if it was treated right away. Some of our environmental remediation services are offered for prevention, while our sanitizing and disinfecting service is specifically offered for us to treat areas so it eats away at the virus if the virus comes in contact with our prevention method; this is crucial for the times we are living in today. To our knowledge, we are one of the few companies offering this service to state that. Check out our sanitizing and disinfecting services page, and while you’re there check out our other remediation services that you may be in need of. It's not true that you can't prevent what you can't see. We do it all the time.
Is it true that if I own my own home I can do the removal work in accordance with rules and regulations?
Yes this is true, however be sure you know the rules and regulations. Also, keep in mind that on most projects, after you buy the materials and equipment needed and perform the work yourself, you would have saved time and money just by hiring us.
Can you get fined if you do the work improperly?
That depends on the agency you are working with, but yes it is true.
How can I tell if my home or business has asbestos?
The only way to tell if your structure has any kind of asbestos is to test samples from the suspected areas in bulk. Our licensed and certified team of inspectors takes a detailed sampling and sends them to an independent laboratory for analysis. Once we get the results, we package them into detailed and intuitive reporting for our customers, which includes imaging, measurements, and solutions for abatement or removal.
Where does the asbestos go, after removal?
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Contact A&E to Breathe Easy Today
Are you ready to breathe more easily again? Get in touch with us or call (978) 466-133 and get a free quote along with answers to any additional questions that you have. Here at A&E Environmental, your environment is our priority and we look forward to giving you peace of mind and a healthier environment.
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