The importance of asbestos testing…
Asbestos is a group of microscopic mineral fibers that can cause serious health problems when inhaled. Our experienced EPA/AHERA licensed specialists will thoroughly investigate and evaluate the levels of asbestos in your environment.
Asbestos is a group of microscopic minerals (amosite, chrysotile, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite and anthophyllite) that exist naturally in soil and rocks around the world. Asbestos occurs as bundles of strong fibers that can be separated into thin threads. These bundles are flexible, flame retardant and resistant to chemicals. Due to their unique properties, asbestos has been used in the production of a variety of construction materials, such as roofing and siding shingles, gaskets, floor and ceiling tiles, stucco, paneling, insulation, asphalt coats and in sealants, drywall, drywall compound, cement, paper, etc.
Health and safety concerns began to surface in the 1970’s regarding the use of asbestos in products and were banned from use in the United States in 1989. The real concern is with “Friable” asbestos materials which has been crumpled, crushed, pulverized or reduced to a powder state. Friable asbestos materials can easily become airborne and inhaled. Inhalation of these fibers is irreversible! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strongly recommends hiring a certified professional asbestos inspector to sample and test for possible asbestos concerns and suspected asbestos-containing materials (ACM) that may be present in your environment. Asbestos can cause or contribute to the development of asbestosis and mesothelioma. For more information on effects of asbestos exposure, see Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s website.
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