Asbestos has been around for centuries and has been used just as long. Asbestos was used in textiles and pottery, and then construction materials as the years went on. Asbestos was thought to be the cause of many deaths, but it was not proven until the 1980s. Even though asbestos was seen as a health threat, it was still not banned. It has been regulated over the years, but asbestos is still seen in some products.
Construction materials like insulation, flooring, roofing, adhesives and textured paint all contained asbestos fibers. Asbestos was used in the construction of homes and businesses well into the 80s and even 90s. Once asbestos was found to be dangerous, it was not required to be removed from properties. People began to be exposed to asbestos in their own homes. This occurred during remodels, storm damages, and regular wear and tear of asbestos-containing materials.
Asbestos testing has become more popular over the last several years, but it was never thought of until recently. Asbestos is not easily spotted, as it is mixed with other materials. Asbestos testing is the one accurate way to know if your home or business contains asbestos. Asbestos testing is completed by certified asbestos abatement professionals who take samples from materials throughout the property. The samples are sent to a lab for accurate testing and results.
If a property has asbestos, an asbestos plan needs to be created to remove the asbestos safely. There is no right time to have an asbestos test. If your home is older an asbestos test should be completed as soon as possible to ensure no one becomes exposed to asbestos. Asbestos testing is the best way to protect your family from asbestos exposure and the many severe illnesses that come with exposure.