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Asbestos Testing: A Beginner’s Guide

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As a homeowner, one of the most dangerous possibilities is asbestos. If you live in a newer home, there’s less of a chance that you’ll come upon it. However, older homes are often hiding this serious health hazard. In today’s blog, we’ll take a look at what a beginner should know about the asbestos testing and removal process.

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is composed of several different minerals: actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, chrysotile, crocidolite, and tremolite. Separately, they are just minerals, but together they can pose a risk to humans.

The use of asbestos has been found dating back to 2400 BCE. It was used heavily from the late 1800s to the late 1980s. It was used in a variety of home construction processes including fireproofing, roofing tiles, and vinyl flooring. Asbestos remained popular due to the low cost to produce it and how well it worked to prevent fire damage. Throughout the years, the health impacts slowly came into view.

What if You Think There’s Asbestos in Your Home?

The first thing to know about existing asbestos is that it’s not always dangerous. If the fibers installed in your home are in good shape and not damaged, there’s little risk. If the fibers have become frayed, damaged, or exposed, it’s important to have an inspection done as soon as possible.

The danger of damaged asbestos materials is that the chemicals used in them can become airborne. When these materials become airborne, they become a carcinogen. If you see signs of damaged materials, contact an inspector right away.

What Happens During Asbestos Testing?

When it comes time to schedule asbestos testing, it’s important to call a certified asbestos remediation company. An inspector will do a thorough walk-through of your home. You will receive written recommendations for repairs. Take time to reflect on the findings and move forward confidently.

How to Hire an Asbestos Contractor for Removal/Repair

In the event that asbestos testing reveals problem areas, do your homework. Consult local contractors to receive written estimates. It’s important to understand that the asbestos testing and removal process will take time and attention to detail.

ASAP Restoration: Asbestos Testing and Removal Professionals

When you suspect potential asbestos, contact ASAP Restoration. Our team of professionals have been handling remediation projects throughout the Phoenix area since 2008. When you need immediate asbestos removal, contact us right away!

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