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Asbestos Testing: What Does It Involve?

by Bessie Beck

While a majority of Australians are aware of the dangers of asbestos in their residence, not many people believe that they could be living with this scourge in their home. But when you consider the fact that asbestos was a common construction supply a couple of decades ago, it is unsurprising that numerous houses in Australia will contain this substance. Asbestos may be a banned substance in current times, but as long as there are remnants lingering in your house, it is crucial to seek asbestos testing services to ensure that your well-being (and that of other residents) is not at risk. This piece examines what is involved during asbestos testing.

Preliminary investigation

Before you seek asbestos remediation services, an investigation needs to be conducted to establish if you do have this compound in your house in the first place. Whether you are looking to renovate part of the residence or to demolish it, it is vital to have an asbestos survey carried out for risk management purposes. Moreover, the survey also helps to identify how much asbestos is in your home so that the specialists are able to concentrate on the areas that are affected.

Safety precautions

Once the preliminary investigation is concluded, a few safety measures are put into place. For starters, the parts of your home that have tested positive for asbestos will be isolated from the rest of the residence. Secondly, you and your family will be expected to evacuate the home during the asbestos collection and remediation process to limit the risk of airborne fibres being inhaled. Lastly, the asbestos testing technicians will take measures to reduce the chance of airborne fibres making their way into the entire house. Some of the measures will include shutting down your HVAC system, treating the areas with a solution that will keep the friable particles from spreading and so on.

Sample collection

After the asbestos has been contained, the specialists will then perform the sample collection process. There are two main types of samples that will be collected. The first is the friable asbestos, which disintegrates easily. The second sample will be the non-friable asbestos, which is solidified. All samples that are collected will be placed in damp collection towels and stored in clearly labelled bags.

Submission for testing

When the specialists are done with the collection stage, they will then submit the samples to a testing lab. There are two main ways that testing can be carried out. Polarised light microscopy is the first and transmission electron microscopy is the second. The testing identifies if indeed your house will need asbestos remediation services, which will be undertaken while you are still away from the residence. 

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