According to the Occupations Safety and Health Administration asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and its use is now highly regulated by both OSHA and EPA. Asbestos fibers associated with these health risks are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Breathing asbestos fibers can cause a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs called asbestosis and result in loss of lung function that often progresses to disability and/or death.
On the other hand NESHAP states that “the owner or operator of a demolition or renovation activity and prior to the commencement of the demolition or renovation will thoroughly inspect the affected facility or part of the facility where the demolition or renovation operation will occur for the presence of asbestos.”
WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ME?
Well, the number one reason is the protection of your health.
Asbestos cannot be seen with the naked eye. Asbestos may cause diseases if it is not handled properly.
The bad news is, asbestos may be anywhere in your home.
Following are places where asbestos can be found in homes or buildings:
- Old furnaces or boilers that are insulated
- Door gaskets on furnaces and wood/coal burning stoves
- Pipe Insulation that looks white, chalky, and may be wrapped in some form of canvas or paper.
- Wall & ceiling materials that have a rough and grainy texture.
- Roofing, shingles and siding.
- Transite Siding.
- Floor Tiles and sheet flooring.
The above is just few examples of the materials that may contain asbestos.
Asbestos can also be a problem during Real Estate transactions
When asbestos is found during a pre-sale home inspection, it holds back the entire pre-selling or selling process. Often, deals are put down or aside resulting frustration for everyone. The good news is that the existence of asbestos in most cases is easy to fix. After all, asbestos presence doesn’t have to give you hard time to succeed your transaction.
If as asbestos inspection and asbestos testing is necessary, there are four steps to be taken.
Step 1: Our professional conducts an inspection of the property including.
Asbestos inspections will be conducted by a certified trained professional to find Asbestos Containing Material (ACM). This process usually takes less than 1 hour to perform. The certified technician will also perform an Air Quality Test if necessary to help identify the magnitude of the problem.
Step 2: The samples are submitted to the Laboratory
The samples will be analyzed at our Certified Laboratory facility under Environmental Standard criteria. After the testing we will provide the results in an easy-to-read report.
Step 3: Remediating the problem.
The results will accurately point out the Asbestos Containing Material (ACM). With the results in hand and if (ACM) is found it is time to look for a remediation service company.
Step 4: Post Remediation Testing (Clearance Air Testing)
After the remediation, a third party company must perform what is commonly called Clearance Air Test to ensure there is no asbestos fibers present in the air.
We are a Fully Accredited and Nationally Recognized Laboratory. That means we can help you with the following:
- Visual Inspection
- Bulk / Surface Sampling
- Air Quality Analysis
Please have your contractor or person responsible for the renovation/demolition test the material today at our laboratory. You can also contact us to arrange for a Asbestos inspection of your property.