An Overview Of Asbestos Testing Kits

The chronic lung disease asbestosis can be caused by the presence of asbestos in the home, as well as various types of cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos isn’t something you want to discover in your home; in addition to the potential health issues, having to pay a professional for asbestos removal is also not desirable.

If you don’t like the idea of paying a company to check your home for asbestos, you can buy one of the several asbestos kits available, which cost a lot less and can give you the same results. A testing kit is a good first step to take if you suspect the presence of asbestos, although you may end up paying a professional removal company at some point anyway.

Where asbestos might be in your home

Various materials in your home look like asbestos but are perfectly harmless, such as recycled paper insulating tablets, and Zonolite, harmless loose fill insulation found in many older homes. The point is, it isn’t always easy to determine if your home has asbestos, as many things that look like asbestos are something else entirely and are quite harmless. However, if you have an older type of siding on your home known as asbestos-cement shingles, it is potentially harmful and should be handled with care.

If you are carrying out asbestos testing, it’s important to check your entire home thoroughly, from the attic to the basement. Although asbestos can be present just about anywhere, some of the most common locations include floor tiling, insulation in ceiling cavities, popcorn ceilings and sheet vinyl flooring. You should also pay close attention to any wallboard and wallboard compound, mastic, pipe cement, roof flashing and tiles, and cement tile siding on the outside of your home.

Using an asbestos testing kit

It is possible to spend a lot of money on a full-service laboratory testing of your home for asbestos, something that many homeowners are understandably reluctant to do. A Safety Coordination Services asbestos testing kit is easy to use and is a much cheaper way to check for any signs of the toxic material and to ensure the safety of your family.

Testing kits can be purchased online, and you can also find them at your local home improvement store. You should get a sample of material that you think is asbestos from somewhere in your home and then mail it back to a laboratory to be tested, following the instructions on the testing kit. Kits vary in what’s included as far as the cost; you may have to pay for the postage to mail the material to the lab for testing, and you may have to pay a laboratory testing fee. All of this is on top of the cost of the testing kit. It’s worth making sure you know what is included in the price and exactly what if anything extra you will need to pay to have your sample expertly examined. You’ll get the results of the test typically within a few days of mailing the sample off.

Collecting a suspected asbestos sample for a testing kit

Your safety and health are important when collecting a sample from your home to mail to be tested. Always wear a respirator that has a HEPA filter, as well as other safety clothing such as safety glasses, boot covers, gloves, and disposable coveralls when collecting any sample, whether solid or dust. You should thoroughly spray down the surrounding area to keep any asbestos fibers out of the air, by using a spray bottle containing a pint of water mixed with a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent.

To keep the costs down of do it yourself asbestos testing, mail material that is solid or crumbly, using the bag that came with the testing kit.

You should get the results of the test, whether positive or negative within a couple of weeks, although some kits give you the option of paying more for rush results.

Dust samples

It typically costs more if you collect and send a dust sample, as an electron microscope is used to test it and you’ll typically have to submit at least one teaspoon of dust. A damp tissue can gather up dust if you can’t get a teaspoon; mail it back in a Ziploc bag.

Understanding Asbestos And Its Dangers And Risks

Although most people would agree that asbestos has a relatively poor reputation, numerous homeowners do not have a good foundation of knowledge about this particular substance. For example, they may not know exactly what it is or how they would tell if it was present in their home. It is also important for homeowners to know when they should be worried about asbestos. If you have been wondering about these things, the following information should clear up much of your confusion so that you can understand this mineral. It will also help you determine when you should test for its presence and what to do if it is found.

Understanding Asbestos

Initially, you should know that asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Even though it is found globally, it appears most often in the United States, South Africa, and Canada. It has been used throughout history due to its heat-resistant properties. This is also why it was often used for manufacturing and installing flooring and drywall, and as insulation in commercial buildings, homes, schools and other structures.

You may be wondering why asbestos was suddenly deemed dangerous. Unfortunately, the reason for this is that even though the mineral was quite popular worldwide, some serious health hazards were discovered with regard to its use. For example, breathing asbestos fibers can lead to lung problems up to and including cancer and a rare lung disease called mesothelioma. This resulted in warnings from the federal government, as well as plans to lower the use of asbestos and educate the population concerning its potential threats. Not surprisingly, all this has resulted in quite a frenzy surrounding the mineral.

Knowing if Your Home Contains Asbestos

Asbestos was used in residential homes and commercial buildings before its potential health hazards were discovered. Therefore, most homes constructed prior to 1980 probably contain asbestos. Even some homes built after this time may contain this mineral. For this reason, it is probably a good idea to have your dwelling inspected by a professional to ensure that anything strange you notice in your attic or other areas of your home is actually asbestos and not merely a harmless substance. This is the best way to make sure no hidden dangers are lurking in your flooring, ceilings, drywall, or other areas of your home.

Does the Presence of Asbestos Automatically Present a Danger?

The answer to this question is a bit complicated, as not all types of asbestos are a cause for concern. This is because the substance is not easily categorized with a sweeping generality. There are numerous types of the mineral, and each one presents a specific risk, ranging from severe to quite minimal. For example, if amosite or crocidolite asbestos is present in your home, it may pose a danger if the particles are disturbed. On the other hand, chrysotile asbestos presents a lower risk to lung tissue, particularly if there is only intermittent or low-level exposure. Nevertheless, if you suspect that any type of asbestos is present in your home, you should speak to a professional to about asbestos testing.

Knowing When to Take Action Against Asbestos

As previously mentioned, some variations of asbestos are regarded as more dangerous than others; however, if you believe any type of the mineral is present in your dwelling, it is important to have it evaluated by a professional to find out if you are facing any health hazards. If the asbestos is located in a place where it has the potential to become airborne, it must be abated as soon as possible. Never try to rid your home of asbestos without the help of an expert, as this places you in danger. Rather, seek the help of an OSHA-certified expert to handle asbestos testing and remediation on your behalf.

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Our Boston asbestos removal and abatement process is both thorough and comprehensive. We are dedicated to every aspect of our job, from inspecting your home to the actual removal of potentially harmful mold and asbestos.

The Pre-Abatement Process

The asbestos removal and abatement process begins with taking Background air samples from inside and directly outside the work area. Once we arrive onsite, the project monitor will establish a regulated work area. They will install and initiate engineering control systems and disable electrical and HVAC systems within the work area. Decontamination control systems will be installed and critical seals will be applied to penetrations and openings. Workers will then engage in a pre-cleaning process involving the removal of moveable objects, the sealing of objects that cannot be moved, plasticizing of surfaces not being abated, placement of hazard signs and installation of negative pressure equipment.

The Abatement Process

The removal will begin using hand tools and wet removal methods. Materials will be removed in a top-down fashion and placed in disposable waste bags which will be goosenecked and sealed with duct tape. They will then be double-bagged and taken through the decontamination unit. All waste will be stored in a specially labelled trailer or dumpster, lined with protective poly and covered to protect the public. The work area will be cleaned daily at the end of each shift.

The Post-Abatement Process

Once the abatement process is complete, a visual inspection will be performed and a First Cleaning will commence with all surfaces being wet wiped. The will be a wait period of 2-12 hours to allow for drying/settling before the first layer of process can be removed. Workers will then engage in a Second Cleaning process involving a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum and another wet wiping of all surfaces. There will be another wait period of 2-12 hours for drying/settling before the final layer of poly can be removed. If necessary, the cleaning process will be performed again. A final visual inspection will be performed and project monitor will verify on behalf of the district that the inspection is adequate and all cleaning has been completed. A clearance air sampling process will begin to ensure that the abatement and cleaning have been accomplished adequately. Once satisfactory results are verified negative pressure will stop and all tools, materials, barriers, equipment and waste will be removed.

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