Being exposed to asbestos has dire long-term consequences on health. This naturally occurring mineral releases harmful microfibrils when subjected to abrasion or other kinds of damage. When inhaled, asbestos microfibrils remain in the lungs and cause microscopic cuts in the lung tissue. Over time, these cuts lead to chronic lung inflammation, tissue scarring, reduced lung capacity and severe diseases. It is advised to all Toronto homeowners with older homes to get asbestos air testing, as this material was widely used in construction before 1990. Asbestos microfibrils are too small to be seen with the naked eye, so air quality testing is the only way to know if your Toronto home is contaminated.
Although DIY testing kits are available on the market, it is always better to hire a certified professional to handle the testing process. Asbestos can hide in many seemingly innocent materials, and certified inspectors are trained to recognize all of them. But what does professional asbestos air testing include, and why is it so important to hire a qualified company in Toronto? Let’s find out.
Asbestos is a silent killer – the microfibrils are invisible, and symptoms of exposure start to manifest when it is already too late. For this reason, it is essential to know whether there are any risk-increasing factors. For example, if your home was constructed before 1990, there is a very high chance that it contains asbestos. However, keep in mind that asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are not harmful if undamaged and well-maintained. The microfibrils must be airborne in order to get into the lungs. Also, it is necessary to recognize differences between material manufacturers, as some stopped using asbestos before others. Detecting all potential ACMs requires knowledge, experience and training, and hiring a professional will ensure that everything is covered.
After the certified inspector finishes with the visual inspection and identification of potential ACMs, he will know where to take samples that most accurately represent the state of contamination. The samples are carefully collected to avoid any disturbances of the microfibrils and their spread. They are taken to a specialized laboratory for analysis. Results will come back in a few days, and after examining them, the inspector will write a detailed report and propose a solution if there is a problem.
Handling asbestos is a task that comes with serious risk, and specific regulations need to be followed for the process to be safe. Entering an area that is potentially contaminated with asbestos must include wearing adequate safety equipment and handling the materials gingerly, disturbing them as little as possible to prevent the spread of fibrils. Hiring a professional in Toronto will ensure that the whole air quality testing process is performed correctly and safely.
Reach out to Inch by Inch Inspections to get your asbestos air testing. The trusted staff of Inch by Inch offers quality home remediation services all over Toronto and the GTA. Call us today to schedule your inspection.
Hiring a construction contractor to renovate my house for the first time, I was not familiar with any of the DSS-related requirements. So, it was quite reassuring to find someone like Tony who is trustworthy and knowledgeable. I also needed a quick turnaround for the completed DSS report and Tony delivered (on time, as promised). In short, Tony was great to deal with. I would recommend him to anyone, anytime.
Tony did an excellent job with inspecting the house. He was very knowledgable in his field and thorough with his inspection. He carefully and patiently looked at both the exterior and interior of the building. He pointed out the deficiencies, what the risks are and how to rectify them. He answered all of our questions and made sure that we understood them. He offered his expertise and help if we needed.
I have heard a lot of stories about home inspection but I could honestly say that I had a great experience. I would like to thank Tony from Inch by Inch Home Inspection for the great experience. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Tony through my realtor. I want to thank Tony for taking the time to answer any questions and any concerns I had about my home inspection.
Tony Muscat of Inch by Inch Inspections is extremely professional, caring and a prompt individual, when he heard we may have a mold problem he came immediately. Tony was worried with the level of mold that was contained in this recent purchased older home and he walked me through the process of getting rid of the mold and what dangers were involved. He paid the best attention to us, while we went through this horrible ordeal. The fact that impressed me the most was his vast amount of knowledge, and the dangers of each mould which there are many. He is extremely professional and equipped to handle any job. I would recommend Inch by Inch, (Tony) to anyone he is a concerned and serious individual, that cares about your family!!!!!!!
If it wasn't for Joe from Inch by Inch Healthy Homes coming into test the quality of the air in 3 condo's in our building we would have never known it was a gas leak from an outside BBQ which had been an ongoing problem for close to four years!!!!!!(the gas smell was going into the fresh air intake and then spreading through the 3 condo's!!! Thank You!
We called Inch By Inch Inspections as we needed the mold removed from our attic to complete the sale of our property. They were very professional and did a great job! Thank you Tony and Team!
Tony and Joe were really knowledgeable and great to work with! They explained everything thoroughly and were very responsive to questions. Thank you!
I contacted this company to do an air quality test after we had asbestos wrapping removed from our basement. They were the most reasonably priced. The young man came the same day and was very thorough about the entire process. I appreciate that Tony was able to get my results sooner than the previously date we originally agreed on.
Tony came to my home to help me inspect the potential root causes of some water damage in my home. Through his vast knowledge and the use of the latest technology, he was able to help me understand what led to the damage and how to better prevent it in the future.
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