What To Expect During an Asbestos Survey?
The asbestos survey, or testing, is essential if you suspect asbestos presence somewhere in your home. If there is, in fact, asbestos present in your home, you should have it removed as soon as possible. If you fail to do so, you are putting your family at risk of mesothelioma, lung cancer, bronchitis, and asbestosis.
However, never try to attempt a DIY asbestos survey. This could put your entire family at risk of exposure to asbestos. Always hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor to have a survey of your home. They will not only take proper safety measures but will also provide you with a detailed report, which will prove to be an important document when you are selling your home.
Here’s what you could expect from an asbestos survey:
When the asbestos contractor visits your home, they are likely to take samples of materials which they think have asbestos.
First, they employ certain safety measures, like covering the area and dampening the surface to prevent any asbestos particles from spreading. Then they take a small sample of the material and put in is a sealable polythene bag. The bag is then put into a second polythene bag and is then labeled. The entire package is then sent over to an asbestos testing lab for final testing.
The places where your contractor is likely to take samples include:
- Cement products
- Floor Tiles
- Insulating materials
- Piping materials
- Roofing materials
Products Containing Asbestos
Remember that it is not only the construction material that could contain asbestos. There are several products as well that could have asbestos in them, especially if they were imported from some other country. These products could include crock-pot, ironing board, hairdryer and various car parts.
Asbestos usually finds their way into the human body through inhalation. Their microscopic particles become airborne when an asbestos material is disturbed, which is why you can expect the air to be tested.
The asbestos contractor will use a special equipment to look for class A and B participles that could be circulating in the air, and if they are detected, you will be required to wear masks until the air is cleaned. When the air cleaning process is underway, the air is constantly monitored in order to ensure that there is no asbestos particle left in the air.
Air testing may be done before the samples are taken and after the samples are taken in order to ensure maximum safety.
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