As a concerned property owner or someone who might consider buying a building, you might want to play it safe and hire an asbestos removal company to get the object and premises thoroughly evaluated. It is advisable to find and hire one of the reputable and licensed companies, because only they can provide you with a wide array of services, including building inspections, pre-demolition and post-demolition asbestos surveys, air sampling, testing and monitoring as well as oversight and quality control of asbestos abatement projects.
Further to that and getting more and more popular these days, they also offer courses and training focusing on asbestos awareness and management. When we think of asbestos surveys and testing, we typically associate that with the evaluation of objects or buildings. However, asbestos is first and foremost a material that is found in nature. We therefore see many asbestos testing services also offering training awareness courses on so called NOA, which stands for naturally occurring asbestos sites. Naturally occurring asbestos sites typically don’t pose any risk to humans. However, if the soil or rocks on such sites gets disturbed, the situation may drastically change as toxic asbestos dust particles and microscopically small debris will get released and contaminated the air. The majority of the states have developed and enacted strict requirements and safety standards regarding the handling of naturally occurring asbestos sites. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) played a major role in crafting these rules and regulations.
When you hire an asbestos removal company, somebody will typically come around to do a visual inspection of the concerned object and premises. After that, samples will be taken and sent to a specialized asbestos testing laboratory. These samples typically include water, drywall, flooring, house siding and soil. Especially if you live in a home that was built prior to 1980, there is a good chance that you might have asbestos in your house.
When we had our house tested, we had a device placed in our basement that monitored and kept track of the air quality for seven days. The air was not only tested on asbestos concentration, but also other potentially toxic gases like radon and carbon monoxide. In our case all tests came back clear, which was a huge relief, considering that both my wife and I were diagnosed with cancer within a matter of a few months. Working together with one of the local and licensed asbestos removal companies helped us to eliminate a major concern regarding the cause of our cancers. It assured us that everything was okay with our house and we were living in a safe environment.