Most people seek professional asbestos testing services in order to check for asbestos in their air or in household products such as insulation.
While asbestos was a common material used in construction a few years ago, later it was discovered to be harmful to human health.
Asbestos fibres are microscopic in size and therefore not visible to the human eye. If released into the air, they can be inhaled and cause serious problems, including lung cancer. Therefore, asbestos testing in both residential and commercial buildings is necessary.
The first step is to have a professional gather a sample of the material you suspect is contaminated. It’s impossible to identify asbestos just by looking at it.
The sample is then sent to an accredited third-party laboratory, where it’s analyzed using polarized light microscopy (PLM). If the material is found to be asbestos, then asbestos removal will be necessary.
Do-it-yourself vs. professional asbestos testing
While you can purchase do-it-yourself asbestos testing kits, it is much more advisable to seek professional, otherwise you increase your chances of inadvertently releasing asbestos fibres into the air and exposing yourself to hazardous asbestos.
Asbestos testing professionals are certified and have a deep knowledge of safe asbestos testing and removal processes as well as of proper asbestos disposal techniques.
For professional asbestos testing in Ottawa, contact Mold Busters. We provide fast, safe and accurate asbestos testing services at affordable prices.