The term asbestos is used to refer to a group of minerals that were incorporated into buildings. The material was favoured because of beneficial properties such as resistance to fire, electrical insulation, affordability, good tensile strength and sound absorption. Unfortunately, asbestos consists of fibrous crystals that are highly hazardous when inhaled. This can lead to development of conditions such as lung cancer and asbestosis. Therefore, it is important to commission inspection of your home to determine whether the hazardous material is in your building. This is critical if your house was built in the 1980s or earlier because asbestos was popular during that period. Here are the main types of inspections to consider choosing for your building.
Management asbestos inspection is designed to identify any asbestos containing materials in the building structure. The assessment is performed by licensed asbestos consultants who can identify all the building elements that are likely to contain asbestos. Presumptive examinations will assume that all the suspect materials in the building contain asbestos. However, you can request for sampling and testing by an accredited laboratory for more conclusive results. The latter option is more expensive because you will need to pay for collection of samples, lab analysis and the report. The primary objective of management inspections is to help in understanding the risk of asbestos exposure and in developing a suitable control or removal plan.
Refurbishment and Demolition Inspection
The hazardous asbestos fibres that are responsible for causing lung diseases and disorders are released when the asbestos containing materials are disturbed. Therefore, it is important to commission inspection of your building before commencing a refurbishment or demolition project. If you do not, the fibres will be released due to abrasion or general contact between your tools and the pertinent materials. Indiscriminate disturbance will contaminate your property and surrounding areas. This type of inspection will be intrusive because the consultant will have to check wall and ceiling cavities. The cost of this type of inspection can be high since the objective is to find all asbestos, including the hidden materials.
If your building has asbestos and you hired an expert for removal, you should commission a clearance inspection. In simple terms, this process involves testing the air and visually assessing the building for remnant asbestos materials or fibres. The technician should ensure that the amount of asbestos remaining is negligible before clearing your space. The objective of clearance inspections is to ensure that the general property and buildings are suitable for reoccupation.
For more information, contact a local asbestos removal company.