If your home was built before the 1980s, there’s a good chance your home was built with asbestos. Asbestos was once seen as a miracle product, but it was later found to can cause cancers and be banned in the developing world. Asbestos isn’t a big deal unless it’s disturbed – like after a house fire. If you’ve experienced a house fire you’re already going through a lot, so ServPro will help you out with explaining the asbestos abatement process after a house fire.

The Nine Steps to Deal with Asbestos After a Fire

Note: Different states and localities may handle asbestos abatement procedures slightly different than the steps below.

Step One: Procedure Five Report

If you’re certain that asbestos has been exposed and is a risk, you will need a Procedure Five Report. In a Procedure Five report, a third-party lab is required to test samples from home and prepare an action plan on dealing with the asbestos issue.

Step Two: Get Bids

Once the plan is in place, you should work with your insurance company to hire an asbestos abatement service. Get multiple bids, read reviews, and look for accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. Most insurance companies allow you to hire whomever though they may have reputable recommendations. This is also the time to get bids from a disaster restoration service to work with you during the next steps.

Step Three: Asbestos Abatement

Once a company is hired, the abatement process can begin. The abatement process can take anywhere from a week to a month, depending on the amount of damage and exposed asbestos.

Step Four: Inspection

When the abatement process is complete and approved, an engineer will come to examine the structural elements of the property and what has been damaged.

Step Five: Demolition

With the engineer’s recommendation, contractors can demolish any existing damaged elements of the home.

Step Six: Drawing Up Plans

Once everything is cleaned, demoed, and ready, the engineer can decide on a plan for bringing the home or structure back from the ashes.

Step Seven: Plans Submittal

The engineer must submit plans and proposals to local jurisdictions and apply for permits as needed.

Step Eight: Structural Restoration

With permits and permission in hand, construction crews can begin reassembling the structure or home to bring it back to life.

Step Nine: Disaster Restoration

Any good disaster restoration company will be in communication with you throughout the abatement and structural restoration process. Once those processes are complete, the disaster restoration company can clean the structure and deal with carpeting, drywall, paint, and other parts as needed.

When fire impacts your home, it’s a big deal. When fire exposes asbestos, it’s an even bigger deal. Knowing the process and keeping in contact with your hired services, including your insurance company, will make for the smoothest asbestos abatement process.