Why Asbestos Testing?
We help keep our clients safe by testing to determine if asbestos is present. If you suspect you may have asbestos, the first thing to do is to get it checked by professionals like us so you can determine whether or not you will need to take further action. Asbestos testing should also be conducted prior to any demolition, renovation, or construction that is being done.
Asbestos is a term used to refer to six different types of minerals, composed of thin, long, fibrous crystals. Asbestos is commonly known for its heat, water and chemical resistance that made it popular during the twentieth century. Thanks to its properties, asbestos was used for a plethora of things all over the world. Asbestos can be found in buildings, pipes, railroad cars, protective clothing amongst many other things.
Even though it was ruled as a carcinogen material, asbestos is still legal in America and most countries in the world. While its use is heavily discouraged, old buildings and constructions might still have asbestos in them.
Is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is not only dangerous but an extreme health hazard to anyone -human or animal- that breathes near it. Its thin, fibrous crystals can travel into your lungs and permanently damage them.
Having contact with asbestos has been scientifically linked to a wide variety of diseases such as asbestosis, pleuritis, lung cancer, digestive tract cancer, and many others. Mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer that can affect your lungs, heart and many other vital organs, is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. Long term exposure to asbestos inevitably leads to a plethora of diseases and eventually, death.
How can you fix an asbestos problem?
If you suspect you live or work in a building that was built using asbestos, you need to take action quickly. Asbestos testing is necessary as short-term contact with asbestos shows no symptoms while long-term exposure can be deadly.
It is not possible to do asbestos testing without professional help, as asbestos fibers are microscopic and cannot be detected with the human eye. It also should be noted that unprofessional testing could be more dangerous than leaving the material alone.
Testing for asbestos is the first step in dealing with the issue. If you would like to test for asbestos, contact us below.