Postponing asbestos abatement or removal can have potential costs and risks, in terms of both health and financial impacts. Taking care of asbestos on any property you own or manage should take precedence over everything else.

Asbestos is a hazardous material known for its association with various respiratory diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. There are many types of risks postponing asbestos abatement enhances. Let’s take a look at the most important risks asbestos abatement and removal can eliminate.

Asbestos-Related Property Damage

Postponing asbestos abatement promotes material degradation. Asbestos-containing materials may deteriorate over time, increasing the likelihood of fibers being released into the air. This can lead to contamination of indoor spaces and potential exposure.

Asbestos Regulatory Compliance

Not following asbestos-related regulations can often lead to harsh legal consequences. Many jurisdictions have strict regulations regarding asbestos management and removal. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in legal consequences, fines, and penalties.

Increased Remediation Costs

Failure to swiftly take action on existing asbestos may lead to an escalation of damages. Delaying asbestos removal can lead to more extensive contamination, requiring more comprehensive and expensive remediation measures when eventually addressed.

Asbestos-Related Occupational Risks

Worker exposure is a huge risk that can be avoided by removing existing asbestos at any facility or worksite. If asbestos removal is delayed, workers may be at an increased risk of exposure during future removal activities. Proper safety measures and protocols must be followed to protect workers.

Insurance Costs

Failure to disclose the presence of asbestos or not following regulatory practices can lead to liability issues. Insurance premiums may increase if there is a known presence of asbestos on the property, especially if it is not being actively managed or removed in accordance with regulations.

Asbestos & Property Value

Asbestos-containing materials can negatively affect the value of a property. Delaying removal may limit potential buyers and decrease property resale value.

Asbestos-Related Health Risks

Preventing Respiratory Diseases

Asbestos fibers can become airborne when disturbed, and inhaling these fibers over an extended period can lead to serious respiratory diseases.

Long-Term Health Effects

Asbestos-related diseases often have a long latency period, meaning symptoms may not appear until many years after exposure. Delaying removal can increase the risk of long-term health problems.

Illinois Environmental Contractors Association Resources

It is essential to consult with asbestos removal professionals and follow local regulations to assess the specific risks and costs associated with your situation. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your property, the issue needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

For more information on finding a local contractor to assist with asbestos, lead and other regulated substance information, remediation, or removal, or if you have general questions regarding environmental regulations, check the resources below:

Illinois Environmental Contractors Association Members

IECA Common Questions & Answers

Illinois Environmental Organizations & Related Agencies

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