In this day and age, many homeowners want to handle home improvement challenges on their own, whether it’s due to tight budgets or the rising popularity of do-it-yourself websites like Pinterest. And while DIY works great for design projects and small renovations, it is neither practical nor safe when it comes to identifying potential threats in your home.
When it comes to asbestos, you will undeniably find a lot of information online—unfortunately, you will also likely find a lot of misinformation, especially on the topic of proper testing and removal methods.
This is a growing problem because unqualified people are needlessly putting their health and safety at risk by performing jobs that only trained and experienced professionals should do.
Why it’s important to test for asbestos
At Mold Busters, it is our professional opinion that it is better to be safe than sorry. That’s why we recommend that every building be tested for asbestos, especially those built over 10 years ago (when asbestos was still a common material in construction).
Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, was used extensively between 1920 and 1989 to insulate and fireproof buildings. Later, it was discovered that exposure to asbestos was associated with serious health problems like chronic wheezing, coughing, breathing difficulties, mesothelioma and even lung cancer.
Despite these safety hazards, asbestos is still not banned in Canada, and so, some builders continue to use it in heating and electrical insulation.
As such, it is crucial that Canadian homeowners continue to increase awareness about and push for professional asbestos testing in Ottawa and Montreal.
Advantages of hiring a professional for asbestos testing
As with any other profession, it takes education and experience to provide clients with great service, and the inspection and remediation industry is no different.
Certification and experience
In addition to holding various levels of certification, professional asbestos inspectors will have dealt with hundreds of situations like yours and will therefore be able to offer valuable insight based on years of real-world experience. They may even point out other, less obvious, materials in your home that could be a threat including insulation floor tiles and roofing materials (e.g. shingles).
Trained professionals prioritize safety throughout the entire inspection process. From wearing personal protective gear to setting up proper containment of the affected area, they know what measures must be taken to ensure that asbestos fibres do not become airborne and compromise your safety.
Accuracy and speed
To ensure the utmost accuracy, Mold Busters inspectors always take several samples of a suspect material when testing for asbestos. This extra step reduces the margin of error as well as the chances of inadequate specimens.
The samples are then sent to a third-party laboratory for analysis, and you get the results delivered to you in a complete report within 3-4 business days.
When you have a human inspector rather than a DIY testing kit on your side, you also have a valuable resource you can reach out to any time with your questions and concerns. You also have peace of mind knowing that your asbestos test was conducted according to established procedures and analyzed by a reputable laboratory.
The Final Word
Based on the arguments outlined above, it’s safe to say that professional asbestos testing is far more encompassing, accurate and safe than any DIY asbestos test.
Just be sure to make the right choice when looking for a professional asbestos inspector—choose one with strong credentials like IICRC certification, extensive experience and a good reputation. Choose Mold Busters!