Asbestos Testing by Certified, Licensed Professionals
Did you know that the same fire retardant and insulator that may be in your home has been linked to an increase of 50,000 cancer cases?
Is Asbestos Dangerous?
Asbestos has been shown to cause cancer of the lung and stomach according to studies of workers and others exposed to asbestos. There is no level of exposure to asbestos fibers that experts can assure is completely safe. Some asbestos materials can break into small fibers which can float in the air and these fibers can be inhaled. The tiny fibers are so small they can not be seen with the naked eye. They can pass through the filters of normal vacuum cleaners and get back into the air. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers can become lodged in tissue for a long time. After many years cancer or mesothelioma can develop. Before embarking on any renovation project or home purchase, testing for asbestos is an important first step to protect yourself and your loved ones. Total Home Inspection Services offers Asbestos Testing in Northern AZ by certified, licensed professionals.
Is Asbestos Testing Necessary?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral popular among builders of the past. It is inexpensive, fire-resistant, provides shock absorption, as well as electrical and building insulation. It is also highly toxic, carcinogenic and deadly. If you’re in the market for a new home or renovation project, testing for asbestos before you move forward is a pro-active step that can save you money and potentially lethal health-related problems in the future.
Don’t All Home Inspectors Test for Asbestos?
The short answer is NO. The majority of home inspectors are not trained or licensed to test for asbestos and, unless specifically requested, home inspectors do not, by default, test for environmental safety issues.
Where Asbestos Hazards Are Found
- Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement.
- Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation.
- Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977.
- Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.
- Older products, such as stove-top pads, may have some asbestos compounds.
- Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard or cement sheets.
- Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
- Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.
- Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.
It is very difficult to identify the presence of asbestos just by looking at it. As a general rule, certain building materials installed before the late 1980s may contain asbestos. However, the only way to be certain is to have a sample of the material analyzed by a laboratory. Confirmation should be carried out before any general maintenance, renovation or demolition activities proceed.