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The Importance of Indoor Air Quality Testing

Indoor air quality testing is a crucial procedure that measures the levels of pollutants inside buildings and enclosed spaces. It is an essential part of maintaining a healthy living and working environment, contributing significantly to our overall well-being. This article

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The Importance of Air Quality Testing

Air quality testing is an essential procedure that measures the levels of pollutants in an environment, providing a comprehensive understanding of the air we breathe. It plays a pivotal role in ensuring our surroundings are healthy and safe. This article

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Testing in Indoor Environments Indoor environments, whether residential or commercial, play a significant role in our overall well-being. We spend a majority of our time indoors, be it at home, work, school, or recreational spaces. Consequently, the quality of these

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Asbestos Testing

Numerous aged homes, educational institutions, and structures continue to harbor asbestos-containing materials. Are there materials in your building that you suspect may contain asbestos? Or are you worried about a previous asbestos removal job that may not have been executed properly? Get clarity on your concerns contacting Saniservice for a comprehensive asbestos testing.

Asbestos Testing

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a term that refers to a group of naturally occurring minerals characterized by their fibrous structure. These minerals include Chrysotile, Amosite, Crocidolite, and fibrous forms of Anthophyllite, Tremolite, and Actinolite. Chrysotile is the most commonly found type during our asbestos testing. Asbestos was used in numerous commercial products and can still be found in many older buildings. Despite most uses of asbestos being banned in the United States, some uses are still permitted. At its peak demand, there were around 3,000 types of products containing asbestos. It was once dubbed the “miracle mineral” due to its versatility, fire resistance, soundproofing, and strengthening properties. These attributes have led to its usage in various civilizations throughout history. Asbestos mineral deposits have been mined globally.

Health Effects of Asbestos

The primary reason for conducting asbestos testing is the health effects associated with it, which include lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. The main route of asbestos exposure is inhalation. Asbestos is typically inhaled when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed, becoming airborne. Once airborne, the fibers can enter the lungs. Diseases related to asbestos have a long latency period, meaning the time between exposure and health effect can range from 10 to 40 years.

Once asbestos is deposited in the lungs, it causes scarring and progressively moves into the lung lining. From there, it can cause mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining. While all types of asbestos can cause mesothelioma, it is usually linked to exposure to amphibole asbestos varieties. Mesothelioma is a painful disease with no known cure. Because there are few other causes, mesothelioma is often presumed to result from asbestos exposure.

Asbestos exposure may also lead to lung cancer, which has many causes. The risk of lung cancer significantly increases when smoking is combined with asbestos exposure. Besides mesothelioma and lung cancer, asbestosis is also a concern. Asbestosis refers to the pulmonary fibrosis of the lungs due to scarring from asbestos fibers. People with asbestosis have higher risks of later developing mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Buildings That Should Undergo Asbestos Testing

Asbestos can be present in residential, commercial, industrial, and all other building types built before the 1980s. Although asbestos has been used for millennia, its production and consumption surged in the 1940s, peaked in the 1950s and 1960s, and tapered off in the 1970s. Asbestos was used in a wide variety of common building materials such as insulation, floor tile, joint compound, adhesive, plaster, etc. Asbestos was widely used primarily because of its durability when mixed with other materials. For example, an asbestos roof shingle has a much longer lifespan than roof shingles without it. We highly recommend conducting Asbestos Testing​ before any renovation or repair activities that may disturb a building material. Disturbing a building material that contains asbestos may lead to harmful exposure.

Asbestos Inspection vs. Asbestos Testing

Some clients are curious about a specific material in their home or building and want us to test that particular item. These tests must be conducted by an Illinois licensed Asbestos Testing​ inspector. Depending on the property and the material in question, a few bulk samples may be collected for laboratory analysis.

Asbestos Testing​ should not be confused with a comprehensive asbestos inspection. An inspection may follow an industry standard.  For Asbestos Testing​ give us a call at (971) 04 3215505, and we’ll advise on what level of service best suits your project.

Bulk vs. Air vs. Dust Asbestos Testing​

There are several ways to test for asbestos depending on the specific project. If you are concerned about a specific material such as pipe insulation, we cut out a small piece. This is called a “bulk sample”. With laboratory analysis, we can determine if it contains asbestos, identify what type of asbestos is present, and in what percent. Bulk samples involve cutting out materials. Although we may cover the area sampled with duct tape, spackle, or fill material, you should restore the area as desired. When we collect samples, we take precautions to reduce fiber release by using industry best practices.

Air samples (Asbestos Testing​) are often collected after asbestos abatement activities have been performed. This “clearance testing” ensures that the abatement is complete and that remaining asbestos is not a problem. Air samples may be analyzed in the laboratory.

Dust samples are collected using methods similar to TEM air sampling to determine the asbestos content of dust in a property. This testing is commonly done when trying to evaluate past abatement projects or to evaluate construction-dust coming from a neighboring property. For example, we have found high levels of asbestos in dust following a DIY abatement project done over a year prior.

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