Asbestos testing – not only could your home or business have asbestos in it, it probably does have asbestos in it.
This isn’t necessarily reason for concern, however. There are trace amounts of asbestos in a lot of things, even the air that you breathe. Small amounts don’t normally cause major health problems; those generally arise when there’s a large amount present and constant exposure to it.
Large amounts of asbestos appear in a wide range of occupations, including construction and home remodeling. Because of this, it’s extremely important that you have proper ventilation prior to starting any home repairs on your own. In addition, anytime building products that contain asbestos start to deteriorate, it can release asbestos fibers into the air, which can lead to increased health risks.
The health risks are numerous, as well. Exposure to asbestos has been linked to respiratory troubles, and to mesothelioma. Not only is mesothelioma dangerous, it almost always is found in individuals who either worked or were exposed to a high concentration of asbestos. In addition to that, mesothelioma patients suffer through a sixty percent mortality rate in the first year of diagnosis, which is fifteen percent higher than normal lung cancer. Not exactly something you want to be dealing with.
As if that weren’t nerve-racking enough, there is such a thing as secondhand exposure to asbestos, where it can get tracked into a home or business, putting everybody in that environment at risk. Because of this, the EPA has strict mandates on testing for asbestos, and testing is heavily regulated by both federal and state authorities. Not to mention that if abatement or any legal avenues are being followed, it’s required to follow a proper Chain of Custody.
When inspected, the inspector will test for asbestos and attempt to find out where it’s coming from. Once that is located, they will look to see how damaged the asbestos-containing material is. If it ends up being more than slightly damaged, or if it could be disturbed, then you are left with two options: repair or replace.
There are two ways to repair, and both options leave the asbestos in place. The first option is encapsulation, or treating the affected material with a sealant that will either bind the asbestos fibers together, or will cover them so that no more can be released into the air. The second way is enclosure, where something is placed over or around the material that is releasing asbestos, which will not allow any further fibers out.
If the material is damaged extensively, or if making major changes to your home will disturb the asbestos containing material, then removal is about the only option that you’ll have. This is extremely complex, and should only be completed by a trained and accredited professional.
If you think that you may have an asbestos problem, and you want to have your home tested, you should contact the number one name in home or business asbestos testing, Specialty Building Consultants.
*Specialty Building Consultants specializes in Home inspection, EIFS inspection, Stucco inspection and Asbestos testing in Birmingham AL, Huntsville AL, Decatur, AL, Cullman, AL, Athens, AL, Montgomery AL, Tuscaloosa, AL and Nashville TN.
Specialty Building Consultants
500 Southland Dr
Hoover, AL 35226