“Do I have asbestos in my home?” Does this question cross your mind frequently? If your house was built more than 20 years ago, the answer could be yes. The excellent heat and electrical insulation, as well fire retardant capabilities of asbestos led to its use in many North American industries including automotive, building and construction. It was later determined that prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres can cause serious illnesses like lung cancer, Mesothelioma and Asbestosis.
Owing to the widespread use of asbestos, a number of products/areas in your home could be contaminated including hot water pipe insulation, roofing and siding shingles, wall and attic insulation, vinyl floor tiles, etc.
What To Do If You Suspect You Have Asbestos In Your Home?
- Call a certified asbestos inspection service: It is not possible to see or determine the presence of this toxic substance without the right training and tools. Moreover If products containing asbestos are disturbed the tiny fibres (of asbestos) released into the air may be breathed in. These can get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. This may cause you to get very sick.
- Verify findings through asbestos reports: Licensed asbestos testing and remediation services offer independent laboratory analysis to confirm findings and make a blueprint for asbestos removal.
- Asbestos remediation: Once you know for sure whether you have asbestos you can take the necessary steps for remediation. Your asbestos analysis and removal professional will be able to determine whether it should be removed or sealed off.
Only asbestos testing can provide a definite answer to your question, “Do I have asbestos in my home?” Templar Environmental Services employs qualified and trained inspectors who offer a high degree of accuracy.