Testing for Asbestos

If you are considering testing for asbestos, there are a few things that you should know. The first of course is that unless you are a professional, you should not even considering testing for asbestos yourself. There are many companies that specialize in testing for asbestos as well as its eventual management or removal. These companies are incredibly common in the UK and the price they charge for what could be a life saving service is more than reasonable. I will now outline just what the material is, why it is so dangerous and what course of action is likely to be recommended to you should testing for asbestos lead to a positive result.

What exactly is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral within various rock structures including those found in the UK. As it is when found, it is pretty much safe however when it is processed it is divided into incredibly thin layers and subsequently mixed with other materials and put back together. It was used in many homes due to its durable nature and the fact that heat, noise and electricity do not pass through it easily. These characteristics obviously made it a particularly useful material.

Why is Asbestos so dangerous?

It was eventually discovered that a very high proportion of people who develop mesothelioma were involved in construction work that utilized asbestos in their lifetime. It was subsequently discovered that inhaling asbestos particles can lead to the development of both mesothelioma and lung cancer as well as other incurable diseases. The reason that this took so long to come about was because it generally takes between fifteen and forty years before the initial exposure leads to the illnesses developing.

How does asbestos exposure occur?

The means through which people become exposed is by inhaling tiny asbestos particles. These particles are pretty much invisible to the human eye and become airborne as a result of asbestos being disturbed.

What should I do if I find asbestos in my home?

Should you expect that you have asbestos in your home, you need to leave it as it is and call a company that specializes in testing for asbestos. They will not only assess whether what you have found is indeed asbestos but if it turns out that it is, they will do testing for asbestos particles within your homes air. They can therefore guarantee that nobody in your home has been infected. They will then inform you of the best course of action be that asbestos management or removal. Removal is often considered a last resort due to the danger involved. 

In conclusion, there are currently an estimated three thousand fatalities each year in the UK alone as a result of being exposed to asbestos. Therefore under no circumstances should testing for asbestos be performed without the assistance of those who are experts in the process.

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