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How to Test for Asbestos in Your Property

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When to Test For Asbestos

If your home was made before 1984 you’ll likely need to test for asbestos before any repair project.

Due to its versatility, fire resistance, and lightweight properties, construction materials widely used asbestos for many years.

Initially, conduct the testing to safeguard workers during a water damage incident.

The production of asbestos-containing materials has diminished through the decades.

This is because of the health hazards it poses.

Many buildings and homes nowadays still contain asbestos mainly in roofing, insulation, and floor tiles.

Test for asbestos, it’s crucial. Often times people find their home or business has asbestos through testing.

Sampling for Asbestos in Your Property

You can conduct your own sampling, following the proper precautions.

Typically, you will need an asbestos test kit to take a sample.

You may also require the help of an accredited asbestos laboratory to confirm the presence of asbestos.

To prevent the release of airborne asbestos fibers, it is crucial to adhere to the following precautions.

  • Wear a disposable respirator, gloves and protective clothing.
  • Turn off your cooling and heating systems in the contaminated area to reduce the spread of the asbestos fibers.
  • Put a sheet of plastic on the floor around the area where you will take the sample.
  • Prior to taking a sample, moisten or wet the material with mist of water to minimize asbestos fiber release.
  • Cut out a small piece from the material using a clean knife. Make sure to get a portion of all of the material’s layers.
  • Put the sample in a clean, dry zip lock bag to contain it.
  • Wipe the bag with damp paper towel. This will remove any material that may have stuck to the bag while you were taking the sample.
  • Carefully patch up the area where you cut the sample using duct tape.
  • Clean the area. Fold up the sheet of plastic carefully and use a damp cloth to wipe off surfaces surrounding the material.
  • Seal the paper towels, cloths, gloves, mask, and other asbestos wastes in a zip lock bag. Check with your municipality how and where you can dispose of the waste.
  • Take a shower to wash away any fibers that may have adhered to your skin and hair.
  • Finally, deliver the sample to an accredited laboratory for asbestos testing.

Unexperienced individuals may find testing for asbestos quite complicated.

If you are not certain about the asbestos testing procedure, you can hire a company that provides this service.

Whether you are planning to remodel your home or have it demolished; test for asbestos.

Testing is necessary before foregoing such work.

Final Thoughts on How to Test for Asbestos

The law mandates testing even if authorities initially informed you that your home does not contain asbestos.

This is to verify that no harmful microfibers are present in the property.

You cannot simply identify products that may have asbestos just by looking at them.

You need to test a sample of the material. If you suspect you have asbestos in your home you can forego with the asbestos testing.

No matter where your asbestos issues are, our team with ASAP Restoration is here for you today!

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