Asbestos and your health
Asbestos particles are tiny and fibrous. If disturbed or released into the air, they can be inhaled and cause serious problems like chronic wheezing, coughing or difficulty breathing, callus-like growths in the throat and lungs, mesothelioma, and eventually lung cancer.
Asbestos fibres can be released through a variety of routine maintenance procedures and renovation work, such as drilling into or demolishing drywall, installing electrical wiring, removing floor or ceiling tiles, replacing concrete water tanks and working with thermal insulation.
It is also important when conducting asbestos abatement to work in a contained area, wearing respirator masks and full body suits, in order to prevent asbestos exposure.
Not implementing proper asbestos testing and removal procedures puts you at risk. Only professionals have the knowledge and ability to safely perform asbestos identification, asbestos abatement and proper disposal.
For the fastest, most reliable asbestos testing in Ottawa or asbestos testing in Montreal, contact Mold Busters. We follow EPA safety standards for asbestos testing.
Cost of asbestos testing
The costs of asbestos testing procedure can vary and depend of various factors.
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.
DIY 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.
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.
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!