Why you need to have asbestos testing done
If you are looking into renovating an older building, you will have to be award of the possibility of asbestos. Asbestos was used in building products for decades before its danger as a cause of cancer and other lung diseases was discovered. These days, you may be required to do asbestos testing, and even if you aren’t, it’s a good idea to do so to protect yourself and people you may hire to work on a project.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring minerals that are made up of durable fibers that are resistant to heat. That made them the perfect ingredients for building materials such as insulation and floor and ceiling tiles. However, those same fibers can float freely and be inhaled by people. Exposure to asbestos fibers has been linked to lung cancer, other types of cancer and other lung diseases. Asbestos was used for many years in building products before the link between it and cancer was discovered. he use of asbestos wasn’t banned in the U.S. until 1989, so if you have a building that was built before then, there’s a good chance it could contain asbestos.
Testing for asbestos
Asbestos is odorless and you cannot tell if it is in a building product just by looking at it. That’s why it’s important to have asbestos testing done by a professional. If asbestos is found in your building, then you will have to have remediation done before commencing any renovation activities.
The key to remember about the potential for asbestos in an older building is that you only have to worry about it if you are doing renovations. If you are not tearing out walls or anything else, then there is no risk, because the asbestos will remain inert if it is not disturbed.