Getting a professional asbestos testing company to run their high-end equipment in your home or business can be very costly. With all of the available kits for testing, the results are rarely guaranteed and arguable at best. Instead, consider some of these home-based methods that can help you test accurately for yourself.
Asbestos is a highly harmful substance that can cause diseases and even lung cancer with enough dust exposure. You will find that the roofing/siding of your home, the floor tiling and the walls are the most likely places to encounter asbestos. Typically, you aren’t going to be exposed to its harmful dust unless you disturb it. Wait for your official test results before you start any renovations or repairs.
There are some instances in which encountering asbestos is unavoidable. There are precautions that you should take in these circumstances to keep yourself safe. You can find all of the necessary protective gear to keep from inhaling this harmful dust at a local hardware store to rent. Recognise the signs of asbestos inhalation: bouts of coughing or laboured breathing. If you or anyone else exhibits these symptoms, seek out medical assistance as soon as possible.
Basics of Asbestos Testing
No matter what building you are working on, an asbestos test is going to be a good idea. If your home or building is over a decade old, this testing becomes a step you can’t afford to miss. Back then (and earlier) asbestos was heavily used in all building types. You might even be surprised to learn that it still is being used in certain insulation applications, which makes it relevant to test regardless of how old the house/building is.
Step #1. Find The Likely Concentrations of Asbestos
You will find that there are many potential areas of asbestos concentration throughout your home beyond the aforementioned common areas. Ageing crawlspaces and tiled surfaces are usually a good culprit. If you have rooms in your home that has elaborate duct work or has traditional wiring circuits and heating systems, this is also a common area for asbestos to be as well.
Step #2. Preparation For The Test
Get your protective equipment on. Do not clean the area (vacuums, etc.) before you have officially tested it for asbestos exposure. If it is possible, try to stay clear of the proposed testing area for a few days before the test is taken. When the time comes for testing, ensure that all of your ventilation and air systems (heat or AC) are off. These have a tendency to pull dust particles out of the area.
Spread out some plastic on the floor directly in front of the testing area. Once you have this, fill up a misting bottle with plain water.
Step #3. Misting
Take your bottle of water and begin misting the testing area repeatedly, ensuring that the entire area is dense with the mist. If there are dust particles in the air, they will be weighed down by the water and land on your plastic you’ve spread out. Using some scissors, cut out a small portion of this plastic sheet, being careful to preserve what is on it. You now have a testing sample.
Step #4. Package Your Sample
Place this into a plastic bag that you can officially seal up. On the bag, enter the date and time you’ve collected this sample, along with your ID number. Send it to and Edmonton asbestos testing lab and you’re on your way.
Step #5. Analysing The Sample
While you aren’t going to be able to do the literal testing, you have done all that you need to for an EPA-Accredited service to analyse your findings for you. Until you get official results, stay clear of the area you have tested in. If this test returns with active asbestos findings, it is time to research the costs of removal from reputable local companies.