Breathe Clean Air and Live in A Safe Home with Asbestos Testing

Everyone wishes to live in a clean and safe home. You must clean your home daily to keep it hygienic and safe from dust and bacteria. But one element that remains hidden from all the cleaners is the asbestos. Many people don’t know about the deadly element that can be present in their homes called the asbestos. Asbestos is highly dangerous can lead to several deadly health problems. It is wise to perform asbestos testing in your home to ensure your indoor environment is clean and healthy.

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Know about Asbestos 
Asbestos is a generic name for a group of fibrous silicate mineral found in nature. This mineral can be found all around the world especially in US, Canada, and South Africa. Asbestos can be found in many common products like paints, home appliances, clothing etc. This material has been used in construction for many decades now because of their heat resistant feature and it also remains to be the main choice for construction and installation of drywall and flooring as well as fire-proofing and insulating residential buildings, schools and commercial establishments. But with time people have realized that continuous exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health hazards like lung cancer, asbestosis, intestinal cancer etc.

Asbestos being cheap, and durable is being used in homes, offices, and schools since long time. All the homes built in the early times before the 1980s had asbestos as the building material. The material was not being used in construction after 1980s as it was banned in many countries like in Australia. So, older homes especially those built or renovated before the 90s have high chances of having asbestos. It is difficult to find asbestos in the home just by looking. Instead, you must perform asbestos testing to find out if there is asbestos in the house.

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Looking for signs of Asbestos

It is not possible to find asbestos in the house just by looking around or smelling. But some things can help provide some signs regarding its presence.

  • The houses built between 1920 and 1989 had asbestos in the walls, flooring, insulation, paint etc. So, the chances of having asbestos in your home increases for houses built before 1990. Try to determine the time of construction or renovation of your house.
  • The risk of health hazards increases when the asbestos breaks down and release fibers in the air, so it is wise to make sure there are no degrading construction materials in the house. Check for cracks in the pipes, floor, insulation and other older materials where the possibility of asbestos presence is high.
  • You need to get asbestos testing done if you find any signs of degrading material in the house. If you are planning to renovate or make new construction, then it is ideal to test for asbestos before doing anything.

Testing asbestos at your home

Asbestos cannot be seen in the naked eyes and must be tested in the laboratory. Contractors who are trained and licensed under EPA or Environment Protection Agency should be hired for handling the asbestos. Make sure they wear protective gears while taking samples for testing. It is possible to test the asbestos yourself with proper protection and even training. It is important that materials are not disturbed during the testing or else the risk can increase. Don’t let anybody enter or leave the area during the testing process and switch off the fans, ACs or any ventilation that can circulate the fibers. If the result turns out positive for asbestos, care must be taken to repair or remove asbestos from the house.

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