Asbestos can one of the most treacherous substances to live nearby. First of all, because it is often considered to be a thing of the past, few people pay enough attention to their closest surrounding and rarely do checks that could solve that mystery.
Moreover, exposure to it has been often link with serious illnesses such as lung cancer or asbestosis. Finally, this material has been present in a lot of construction elements such as walls, insulation or roofing, which makes it difficult for an ordinary person to properly diagnose the situation. That is why it is so essential to have professionals run comprehensive tests on your dwelling and give their professional judgement. One of the ways to do that is to run a test where the air is examined for asbestos presence.
During the process there is a certain amount of air that is filtered during a specified period. It allows for the particles to be properly examined and, subsequently, analysed under a microscope. Then all the fibres are counted and the final result is presented to the client. But one could ask: why is it so important, though? Well, the reasons are plenty: most of all, it allows for establishing whether your dwelling has some latent asbestos problem.
After all, you may not be aware of the fact that you have some materials which have already become friable and can pose a serious health risk. Running a test like this is bound to reveal such problems and raise your awareness as for the safety of your living space. Also, this method is tried and tested for checking the efficiency of asbestos removal action – it allows to measure the concentration of the fibres and see if the clean-up process was thorough enough, to the extent that no one is at risk anymore.
In cases such as these the professionals’ help can prove to be invaluable as they have all the necessary gear for conducting such examinations. Moreover, it is also advisable to have you flat cleaned if you have removed your asbestos containing materials (ACMs) by yourself. Although it is not something we recommend, we know that some of you may have attempted to solve the problem without spending money on experts’ help. In such cases, we believe it is of paramount importance to have air testing conducted as you may never know if your DIY removal venture was successful enough to not pose any more risks.
There are a couple of air tests that could be carried out in order to determine the asbestos presence in an area. The specific kinds differ when it comes to the moment of their application. For instance, the background air test is carried out before any activity the presence of the material in a given location.
That can reveal a hidden problem that could generate significant problems related to asbestos exposure. Among them one can find ailments of the respiratory tract such as lung cancer or breathing difficulties. Prolonged exposure can lead to various forms of cancers and various other incurable diseases. Conducting air tests is thus something that definitely deserves the attention of everyone living in a building erected between 1920s and 1990s.