used in building materials from 1940s to approximately 1990s.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring material that is fibrous with high tensile strength and heat resistance. Due to these properties, it is often added into paper, cement, plastic and more materials to strengthen it. Asbestos was predominantly used in building construction materials from the 1940s to the 1990s before its hazardous properties were known. Asbestos fibers are known to cause many serious health ailments.
When remodeling and demolition takes place, the fibers of asbestos become airborne and cause significant health problems to the lungs when inhaled.
New laws mandate asbestos testing and removal before obtaining building permits according to the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA).
Where can you find Asbestos?
Asbestos fibers are microscopic and are therefore invisible to the naked eye. Potential areas where asbestos is present include insulations (pipes, attics, walls, boilers and tanks), furnace tape-wrap, floor tiles and adhesives, drywall taping compound, textured ceilings and ceiling tiles, shingles, sheetrock compound, roofing and siding, heat shield around fire places. Asbestos testing should only be conducted by a licensed professional as per the regulations. HP Analysis specializes in asbestos testing and our team is experienced in identifying areas of potential risk and mitigating exposure.
At HP Analysis, our certified Ahera Inspector can test building materials at home and the workspace by assessing the condition of the property and collecting samples. These samples are intensively tested at our approved labs, after which a detailed report is prepared and provided to undertake necessary corrective action. We also carry out air monitoring to ensure that there is no increase in the number of airborne asbestos fibers after renovation /demolition.
What is Bulk Sampling?
HP Analysis specializes in a variety of asbestos testing techniques. A method called bulk sampling is used to test for asbestos. This method involves collection different samples of materials throughout the site. These samples then undergo testing in a lab. To an untrained person, attempting to remove any asbestos without proper safety procedures can be extremely hazardous.
HP Analysis conducts consultation and testing services for a reasonable fee that fits within your budget. Contact us today for a free estimate.