Asbestos-containing materials are still very common in commercial properties. Most larger buildings are older and were built before the strict regulations on asbestos came into place. Asbestos is a tiny fiber that was the perfect addition to building materials. It was strong, cost-effective, and resistant to heat. After the regulations were pasted, some asbestos is still being added to construction materials, so no commercial building is safe from asbestos exposure. Below we will discuss asbestos testing and why you should have your property tested.
What is as asbestos testing for Commercial Buildings?
Asbestos testing has been around for years but is becoming a more requested service since the dangers of asbestos has become more evident. With newer regulations, commercial properties must have their buildings tested before any demolition occurs. This law is in place to protect everyone in the commercial property’s vicinity. Testing is very comprehensive, and a certified asbestos removal specialist will take samples of areas in your building. Once collected, the samples will be lab tested to ensure they are tested properly. If your building does contain asbestos, your asbestos removal specialist will develop a plan of action for the safe removal of the asbestos.
Should I Test my Commercial Property?
All commercial properties should be tested for asbestos. Even if your building is newer, it could still have trace amounts of asbestos. Asbestos fibers are very tiny and can float through your HVAC system into all the offices and floors of your commercial property. Asbestos can be disturbed through damages, remodels, and demolition. With laws become stricter, we are seeing more requirements for asbestos testing in commercial properties. If you own a business, you should have an asbestos test completed. Not only for your safety but the safety of your employees and clients! Asbestos can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and major respiratory problems.