Why test for asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that was once commonly used in home construction materials. When these materials deteriorate or are disturbed, asbestos fibers can be released into the air and inhaled. Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to serious health issues, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. By testing for asbestos, you can identify its presence and take appropriate measures to mitigate the risk of exposure.
Where is it found?
Many older homes may have asbestos in insulation, flooring, ceiling tiles, textured coatings (like popcorn ceilings), pipe insulation, or other building materials. Disturbing these materials during renovation or demolition can release asbestos fibers into the air, posing a significant health risk.
Even if you live in a newer home, it's still beneficial to test for asbestos. While the use of asbestos in construction materials has significantly declined, it's possible that certain products or materials in your home may still contain trace amounts. By testing, you can confirm whether asbestos is present or not, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to make informed decisions about any necessary actions.
How can I get my home tested?
It's important to note that asbestos testing should be performed by qualified professionals who are trained in handling and analyzing asbestos samples. They can safely collect samples and send them to a certified laboratory for accurate testing and analysis.
Steve is licensed and certified by the EPA and the state of South Dakota, and offers asbestos testing for South Dakota residents. Give him a call for pricing and availability.