WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
Asbestos is a natural occurring mineral that was used in a great variety of products especially in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, and even today still sneaks its way through imported products. Asbestos products were banned in 1978, however; there was a phase out period where companies could sell the rest of the asbestos containing products.
WHERE IS ASBESTOS FOUND?
There are 3 classifications of asbestos containing materials: Surfacing, Thermal System Insulator (TSI), and Miscellaneous materials. Its commonly found in products like joint compound, texture, plaster, linoleum/sheet flooring, floor tile, duct or boiler pipe wrapping, siding, insulation and thousands more.
HOW IS ASBESTOS TESTED?
Certified IAQ can help the asbestos testing process be quick and thorough. If the material you plan on removing is not metal, glass, solid wood, or fiberglass (regardless of the of year of construction) it should be tested before any demolition or remodel. The number of samples needed for asbestos testing will vary based on different material types, classification, and square footage.
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Asbestos causes mesothelioma and lung cancer so keep your family or clients safe by calling Certified IAQ for your free phone consultation and quote. We are efficient and do everything we can to improve your indoor air quality. We also offer free consultations to give you the resources you need to protect your home.
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Frequently asked Questions
Regardless of the year of construction, you should test your home before doing any demolition. Contrary to what everyone believes not all asbestos-containing products were banned in 1978. There was also a phase-out period where companies were allowed to sell the rest of their asbestos-containing products which were believed to have taken up to 10 years if not more. Many products today that contain asbestos still find their way in through importation from countries with fewer asbestos regulations.
Asbestos is dangerous when it is damaged. If the home has damage such as crumbling drywall, insulation falling apart, water damage to popcorn ceiling, or any visible damage then you want to test for asbestos. If you are planning to remodel your home which will cause disturbance to the building materials you want to test for asbestos.
If there is no materials damaged in the home and nothing is being disturbed you do not need to have your home tested for asbestos. Material that is in good condition and will not be disturbed should be left alone.
Yes, you may do your own testing, but keep in mind if you are going to need abatement you will need a state-certified inspection report to provide to the abatement company. Many labs will charge high walk-in prices and you may be able to obtain a report with a certified inspector for a similar price.
Sampling numbers will depend on how many different types of material will need to be sampled, the classification of each material, as well as the amount of square footage.