When it comes to inspecting and testing for asbestos, this is work that’s best left to experts who know what they are doing. To begin with, the space must undergo a comprehensive visual examination. This is followed by a thorough collection of samples, and meticulous lab analysis of those samples. When asbestos is found, a written report is presented. The report describes the location and scope of asbestos found, and offers recommendations for corrective measures.
Asbestos is often found in homes that were built prior to 1990. For a typical homeowner, it’s very difficult to tell if a specific material contains any asbestos – which is why sampling and analysis should be professionally handled. A professional should be taking samples for analysis, mainly because of the potential health risks, should any asbestos fibres be released into the air. For a homeowner to be taking samples and disturbing an asbestos deposit can be very risky.
In the past, asbestos materials were used because they were heat resistant and fire resistant. The big problem with asbestos is that the fibers can be inhaled into the lungs, posing particular health risks. Home asbestos testing is designed to determine if and where deposits are deteriorating and if they might cause health problems for occupants. While undisturbed deposits of asbestos may not pose any realistic danger, there is no reason to take any chances once discovered.
Today, during a home renovation or retrofit project, asbestos may be suspected, as materials get broken down and disposed. Here again, whether inspecting, testing, removing asbestos, this work is not recommended as a DIY project. Asbestos testing requires the experience and expertise of a professional, and the specialized equipment that goes with the work. It’s not uncommon to find deposits in insulation, soundproofing, joint compound, stucco ceiling, parging, roofing and siding, and even decorative materials.
Asbestos testing typically begins with sampling, and although contamination varies from home to home, sampling is essential in ascertaining any potential hazards. In-depth asbestos testing will also serve to identify various options for resolving the problem. In fact, good inspectors provide accurate assessments and recommendations at the same time. For a homeowner, it’s important to understand assessment results in order to make decisions about corrective measures.
The do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to asbestos inspection should be avoided – this is work that is best left to the experts. When not handled properly, asbestos is dangerous and even hazardous. When asbestos is disturbed, fibers are released into the air with potential health hazards. With a professional, inspection and testing is performed under the safest conditions, and preventing any contamination from occurring. As a homeowner, you should never engage with asbestos (and particularly removal). Only a trained and certified professional should be dealing with asbestos.
Before any inspection or testing, it’s a wise idea to consult an asbestos firm to get an understanding of the process. Dealing with asbestos is serious, so it’s important for you, as the homeowner, to understand the entire process – from inspection, to testing, to remediation. With a professional firm on hand, an asbestos problem will be handled properly from start to finish.
If you have reason to suspect that your home may contain asbestos, it’s best to reach out to a professional like InchbyInch Inspections in order to perform an initial visual inspection. A trained asbestos expert will do an inspection of various parts of your home, and will be able to determine if asbestos testing might be necessary. Asbestos professionals have the tools and expertise to properly inspect and detect.
Once decided, asbestos experts have a number of effective and accurate sampling techniques: air sampling; surface bulk sampling, and dust sampling. Only necessary sampling should be undertaken, and in all cases, the process should be performed in accordance with provincial regulations. The samples should then be submitted to an accredited laboratory for professional asbestos testing.
Asbestos samples are sent to a certified third party lab for objective and impartial testing. This will ensure that there is no conflict of interest with your asbestos services firm. Furthermore, samples are appropriately labeled and handled so that integrity can be assured right from the collection point to the laboratory. Anything short of this will compromise the testing accuracy.
The third party laboratory will provide a detailed written report of the testing results. This will include a complete overview of the home/property in question. Written lab reports will identify specific types of asbestos and provide additional information about the nature of the material.
Your asbestos services firm will review the lab results and further explain the ramifications.
With asbestos remediation, it’s important to understand the entire process. Having a reliable asbestos firm on hand is the only way to move forward. Beyond managing the inspection and testing, they will explain the lab report in detail and provide recommendations for action. Here again, this is a time to do the work right the first time – asbestos remediation must be done right.
When asbestos testing is complete, reporting should be simplified for the property owner. This is especially relevant for a property owner who is buying or selling a property. As for remediation, and particularly with asbestos, it’s important that a professional services firm like Inch-by-Inch Inspections handle the repairs and restoration. With out professional attention, asbestos remediation can get hazardous for the occupants if protective measures aren’t undertaken.
All inspections and testing through Inch-by-Inch Inspections follow the established standards of InterNACHI and the Canadian Construction Association, EACO. Inch-by-Inch Inspections provides inspectors who are highly trained and qualified with asbestos handling and asbestos testing. In addition, by offering Neutral Reporting to property owners, assessments are both objective and impartial. For more information about Inch-by-Inch Inspections, call the company office at 416-826-7172 or visit the website at www.inchbyinchinspections.com .
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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