Until 1970, asbestos was a favorite building material, due to its fire-resistant properties. From the late 19 century until the mid 20th-century, this substance was used widely in everything from ceiling tiles to insulation to flooring. However, building materials using asbestos were pulled from the market and banned in the United States in the early 1970s when they were found to be associated with a variety of breathing disorders. That left a myriad of existing homes with asbestos materials in place. In fact, if you have a home built before 1970, it’s very likely that your home contains some type of asbestos.

Fortunately, asbestos only poses a health threat when the materials are disturbed, such as during a remodeling or demolition project. If you have an older home, it’s essential to get your home tested for asbestos before you start tearing down walls or ripping up flooring.

What is asbestos testing?

Asbestos testing helps you determine whether your home contains building materials that contain asbestos without disturbing the potentially-harmful fibers. This requires the experience and training of a professional asbestos testing team. That’s because it’s difficult, if not impossible, for the average homeowner to located asbestos by simply looking at the site. Many harmless materials closely resemble those containing asbestos. A good testing team has the equipment and experience to accurately gauge your asbestos risk while keeping your household members safe.

Severna Park Maryland asbestos testing

To save money, you might think about trying to test for asbestos in your home yourself. However, it isn’t a job that’s well-suited as a DIY project. For one thing, there are so many building materials that could contain asbestos, it’s difficult for a novice to identify all of the possible sources. Additionally, in testing materials, an untrained person can easily release the asbestos fibers that are dangerous to your family’s health. Hiring a professional asbestos testing team help you be sure that your project is being handled safely and professionally. To learn more about our College Park, Maryland asbestos testing services, contact Asbestos Removal Now