When it comes to asbestos, the professional approach is the only approach. And that includes both asbestos inspection and asbestos testing. If you suspect an asbestos deposit, you should be aware of the dangers, and of the absolute importance of managing the cleanup professionally.
Where Is Asbestos Found
There are many common places in the home that may contain asbestos. We always test for asbestos and if it’s found we will explain what the material is and how it should be handled. A lot of the times when someone wants us to do an asbestos test, they think it is going to be an environmental issue. But some of the most common places where you might find asbestos is in your plumbing, your roofing materials and even your siding. We also look for it in your flooring, in your drywall, in your ceilings and sometimes even in paint. That’s why we always recommend that people hire a certified asbestos testing company to come in and do their air quality testing so they know if they have any issues inside their homes or businesses.
There are good reasons for asbestos testing
Asbestos can be highly toxic and highly hazardous. It takes an experienced technician to assess an asbestos deposit and to perform safe asbestos testing. It’s also important to use diagnostic tools that provide precise and accurate data. If you receive an airborne test that’s positive, it means that there is residual asbestos, either from a previous installation or from original construction. At Inch-by-Inch Inspections, in-house professionals will inspect a number of potential locations.
- in the attic and above drop ceilings
- “popcorn” ceilings and ceiling tiles
- inside ducts and wrapped pipes
- roofing shingles, siding, and drywall
- air intake vents and output registers
Professional inspection is the first key step
With asbestos, professional asbestos inspection is key to isolating an asbestos deposit. Inch-by-Inch begins with a thorough visual examination, a careful collection of asbestos samples, and asbestos testing at a reputable lab. When asbestos has been confirmed, our technician team will provide a written assessment describing the location and extent of a deposit, and recommendations for removal.
If your home was built before 1989, there’s a chance that asbestos was used in some manner during construction. In fact, it was considered one of the better materials for insulation and fireproofing. Once it was confirmed that asbestos posed health concerns for humans, the material was banned from use in most applications. Removal is considered necessary in some situations.
The key to an asbestos inspection in Toronto is to determine if a deposit is deteriorating. When undisturbed, asbestos is unlikely to pose any danger, however, any deterioration can potentially cause harm. If you’re doing a home renovation, and you suspect asbestos, it’s time for a professional inspection. This is not the right time for a DIY approach – testing and removal is best left to a professional.
Inspection and asbestos testing in Toronto requires experience and expertise – and the professionals at Inch-by-Inch have the specialized equipment to do it all. Once discovered, it’s important for the property owner to understand the assessment results so that proper decisions can be made about removal and remediation. Here again, this is not a DIY project – it has to be done right the very first time.
For professional asbestos testing, you can trust the experts at Inch-by-Inch Inspections
At Inch-by-Inch Inspections, the process of asbestos inspection and testing follows the rigorous guidelines of the accordance with Ontario Regulation 278/05. We will provide you with inspectors who are highly trained and highly qualified with all types of asbestos material.
Residential or commercial, you can rely on the team at Inch-by-Inch for Neutral Reporting – our testing and assessments are objective and impartial. To find out more about inspections, testing, and removal, call 416-826-7172 or visit the website at www.inchbyinchinspections.com.