How important is Asbestos testing?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in a great variety of products especially in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, 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. A common myth is that anything after 1978 doesn’t contain asbestos. It still makes its way into materials used today.
Asbestos can be found in many types of materials, such as: linoleum/sheet flooring, floor tile, duct or boiler pipe wrapping, carpet, plaster, stucco, joint compound, wall and ceiling texture, popcorn ceiling texture, mastic/glue, ceiling tile, insulation, siding, window glazing, roofing materials, and much more. Basically, if its not solid wood, steel, glass, fiberglass, or rubber it could be asbestos.
Asbestos testing is important whether you are a homeowner or a business owner. It is illegal to improperly disturb ACM (asbestos-containing materials) and it is dangerous.
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 there are no materials damaged in the home and nothing is being disturbed you do not need to have your home tested for asbestos.
As a homeowner, you may do your own testing, but keep in mind that 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. With Certified IAQ Professionals, we are State and EPA Certified in Asbestos Testing and you can obtain a Certified Asbestos Testing report for a similar price. Call us to book your appointment today!