Asbestos Testing in San Francisco
Performed by Certified Professionals in Bay Area
Asbestos is a material that was commonly used in many constructions; while it’s not used anymore, you can still find it in many homes and buildings. It’s difficult to tell if you have asbestos in your home or workplace without professional asbestos testing in San Francisco, which is why you should work with the team at Safe Air Fast. Most people do not know how to test for asbestos, but testing is important nonetheless.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials. For a significant period, asbestos was a go-to material for all kinds of projects. Unfortunately, it was discovered that exposure to asbestos can lead to severe health complications, which is why its use has since been discontinued. The EPA ( United States Environmental Protection Agency) and CPSC ( U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) have banned several asbestos products.
You cannot visually identify asbestos, you must have your home tested for asbestos and have it sampled and analyzed by a qualified professional. Homes that were built decades ago still might have asbestos, and this can be bad news for your health as well as that of your family.
Elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can often occur after asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities. Improper attempts to remove or disturb these materials can release asbestos fibers into the air in homes, endangering people living in those homes.
State and Federal Laws require removal of Asbestos-containing Materials be done only by a Licensed professional asbestos abatement company. After abatement activities have been completed, a licensed Testing and Consulting company, such as Safe Air Fast Environmental, needs to perform a Post Abatement Asbestos Inspection and Clearance Testing in an effort to determine the success of the abatement efforts.
A professional will take various samples for analysis, will know what to look for and take precautions. There may be an increased health risk if fibers are disturbed and released. If asbestos testing is done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material alone. Asbestos fibers cannot be seen without a special microscope. Analysis by an accredited testing laboratory is the only way to know for certain if a material contains asbestos. The EPArequires that the asbestos content of suspect materials be determined by analyzing samples with polarized light microscopy (PLM); PLM analysis results give the percent and type of asbestos in the sample.
If you know you have asbestos in your home or you are even unsure of whether you do, you should call an asbestos testing company to make sure your home is safe.
Preliminary and Post Clearance
Thorough, accurate asbestos testing performed by certified professionals is the only way to ensure that your home or office is completely free of contaminants. Having your home be officially asbestos free is also an effective way to increase your property value. Let our asbestos professionals ensure your safety and protect the value of your investment!
Call Safe Air Fast Environmental at (415) 813-4144 to schedule asbestos testing today. We offer both Preliminary and Post Clearance Testing to verify that your asbestos remediation work is complete. We use only AIHA( American Industrial Hygiene Association) and EMLAP ( Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program) accredited labs and deliver timely results.
Protect Your Family Today
Safe Air Fast Environmental will insure that you can rest in confidence that your family is living in a safe environment.