Once a common building material, asbestos is now widely recognized to pose serious health risks. At AirWell, our meticulous asbestos inspections help ensure the safety of your home or business environment.
Leveraging over 40 years of experience in indoor environmental science, AirWell brings unparalleled expertise to the detection and management of indoor hazards like asbestos. Let us help you breathe easier with the peace of mind that only a professional asbestos inspection can provide.
What building materials contain asbestos?
Common asbestos-containing materials include the following:
⦁ Pipe insulation
⦁ Boiler insulation
⦁ Floor tile
⦁ Vinyl flooring
⦁ Roofing shingles
Identifying these materials in older buildings is crucial for safe asbestos management, especially during renovations or demolitions, to prevent the release of asbestos fibers into the air.
Our experienced team will accurately identify any asbestos-containing materials, providing you with the expertise needed for safe handling and peace of mind during any renovation project.
What are the health risks related to asbestos?
There are various health risks related to asbestos, highlighting the importance of proper asbestos management and removal in buildings where it may be present.
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers, leading to lung tissue scarring and difficulty breathing. This condition develops over time, often decades after exposure, making early identification challenging.
Asbestosis is significant because it indicates prolonged asbestos exposure, which increases the risk of more severe diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma. There’s no cure, but early diagnosis can help manage symptoms and slow disease progression.
Lung cancer, one of the most common and deadly cancers, arises from the lungs’ airways or tissues. It’s crucial to identify and treat lung cancer early due to its aggressive nature and potential to spread rapidly.
Symptoms include persistent cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, and unexplained weight loss. Smoking is a major risk factor, but lung cancer can also arise from environmental factors like radon and asbestos exposure.
Pleural disease encompasses various conditions affecting the pleura, the thin membrane surrounding the lungs. Common forms include pleural effusion (fluid accumulation), pleuritis (inflammation), and pleural plaques (thickening).
Often linked to asbestos exposure, pleural diseases can cause chest pain, breathing difficulties, and reduced lung function. Early identification is vital as these conditions can signify underlying issues like infection, inflammation, or even cancer.
Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer primarily affecting the lining of the lungs (pleura) or abdomen (peritoneum), usually linked to asbestos exposure. Symptoms often appear decades after exposure and include chest pain, shortness of breath, and abdominal swelling.
Understanding mesothelioma’s link to asbestos exposure is essential for prevention and for seeking timely medical advice if symptoms arise, especially in individuals with known asbestos exposure history.
Given these severe health risks, having your property inspected by professionals like those at AirWell is crucial. We take the time to understand your symptoms, using the information we gather to guide our processes and create tailored solutions.
How can I identify materials containing asbestos in my building?
Identifying materials containing asbestos (ACM) in a building involves a thorough inspection by certified professionals. Asbestos fibers are not visible to the naked eye, so visual inspections alone are insufficient.
Asbestos testing often includes sampling in bulk and laboratory testing to confirm the presence of asbestos. Asbestos inspection specialists, trained in asbestos detection, use various methods for accurate identification.
Trust AirWell for an accurate assessment of your property. Our certified experts utilize these advanced methods to ensure precise asbestos detection, providing clear, reliable results.
Is it legal to remodel a home with asbestos?
Remodeling a home with asbestos is legal but requires careful planning and adherence to safety regulations. Before undertaking any remodeling that may disturb asbestos-containing materials, a licensed asbestos inspection specialist must conduct an on-site examination.
This is to ensure compliance with federal rules and regulations established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If asbestos is found, professional abatement must be performed to safely manage or remove the asbestos before proceeding with the remodeling.
For a thorough and compliant approach to asbestos management in your remodeling project, consider partnering with AirWell.
What is involved in an asbestos inspection?
An asbestos inspection involves several key elements:
⦁ In-depth visual inspection of the affected area
⦁ Inventory of asbestos material
⦁ Bulk sampling
⦁ Laboratory testing
Our inspectors at AirWell collect samples from different types of suspected asbestos-containing materials following specific rules that dictate the number of samples required. The collected samples are then analyzed in a lab to determine the presence of asbestos, ensuring a thorough and professional inspection process.
What will my report include?
An asbestos inspection report typically includes the laboratory testing results, an inventory of materials tested, and recommendations for managing or removing asbestos if found. The report will also have detailed information about the inspection process, such as the areas inspected, the types of samples collected, and the methods used for testing.
For comprehensive and detailed asbestos inspection reports, look no further than AirWell. We’re dedicated to delivering clear, concise, and actionable insights to ensure your property’s safety.