Prior to the mid-1970s, construction companies commonly used a material called asbestos in ceilings, walls, floors, and many other places in the home. When left undisturbed, asbestos typically causes no problems. However, if disturbed, even mildly, it has been proven to be able to cause serious, chronic, and non-cancerous respiratory disease. In addition, fibers in asbestos, which aggravate lung tissue, can cause permanent damage to the lungs and even lead to cancer. This is why you need a professional asbestos inspection performed when remodeling, renovating, or even tearing down an older building.
The Asbestos Inspection Process
You always want to hire a qualified company or technician to inspect your home or business for asbestos. In other words, this is not something that you should ever do on your own. Experts in the field of asbestos inspection have experience, training, and in-depth expertise in identifying and removing this potentially dangerous material.
As part of an inspection process, the technician performs a number of services Including visual inspection and possible sampling of materials for laboratory analysis. Once a company or individual is hired, a visual inspection is conducted of both the premises and its associated systems, including the air conditioning unit, furnace, ventilation system, plumbing, and electrical systems among others. Usually, the inspection can take up to two to three hours.
During an asbestos inspection, the current state of the asbestos material is analyzed so the expert can determine if there is any risk. If the asbestos material has not been disturbed or damaged, it will likely be left alone. If it shows any signs of wear, tear, or deterioration, it must be repaired, enclosed, or removed. If the asbestos material is exposed to vibration or rubbing, the expert will probably recommend removal to be on the safe side.
When the inspection complete, you will be provided a document, including the laboratory report for any samples that were analyzed and a plan recommending the steps to take for the safe removal of the asbestos materials.