Inspectors can inspect your home, building, assess the conditions, test the samples of any materials suspected of having asbestos, and give you advice on what steps you need to correct the problem. If he or she determines that there is a need for removal , then the inspector can ensure the contractor has followed the correct protocol, which would include cleaning up, and will also monitor the air ensuring there is not an increase of toxic fibers in the air.
When hiring a inspector for testing there are a few items you should consider. Check out past references to see if they comply with worker safety, and ask the better business bureau. Has the firm had any safety violations? Or has there been any legal actions filed against them.
The inspection should include a visual exam of the area as well as the collection and analysis of the samples. If asbestos is found, he/she should provide a written report stating the location, and the amount of damage. Recommendations for removal should be made, and checks performed to make sure the area is cleaned properly.
Some areas that could be tested are surface materials such as sprayed or troweled on plaster ceilings, decking, or fireproofing materials such as insulation. Thermal insulation examples would be pipes, boilers, tanks, and ducts, as well are the tape used on the ducts. Other miscellaneous types of asbestos can be found in ceiling or floor tiles, cement panels, siding and roofing materials. There can all be areas of concern than the inspector can test for.
Once the asbestos has been removed and abated the inspector can go back in and check the air quality to ensure there are no fibers in the air that could cause health problems down the road. It is not only important to have it removed, but also to ensure the area has been left clean of any contaminants.
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