Undisturbed asbestos poses no known danger to homeowners and their families in Arlington, VA. The only time asbestos poses a threat is if a homeowner is remodeling their home and disturbs asbestos-containing materials, or if you have crumbling drywall or torn insulation that contains asbestos. If you are facing either of these asbestos related problems, it is best to hire a trained and accredited asbestos inspector to come to your home and do a complete home asbestos inspection.
Once your asbestos inspection is complete and you receive the results, you can then determine what corrective measures you need to take. If you are remodeling an area of your home in Arlington, VA where no asbestos was found but yet in another area materials were found that contained asbestos, as long as do not disturb these materials, there is no harm to you or your family.
Asbestos exposure can lead to respiratory problems such as mesothelioma (a form of lung cancer) and asbestosis (scarring and stiffening of the lungs). Exposure to asbestos for long periods of time can also be deadly for some people. If you suspect asbestos in your home, don’t put it off. Be sure to call and schedule a time for an asbestos inspector to come to your home and do the necessary testing.
An asbestos inspection will give you a better insight into future remodeling projects and what would need to be done. Asbestos isn’t dangerous until it is disturbed and becomes airborne. If you have asbestos tile and your future plans include removing the tile and replacing it, you will need to have an asbestos remediation done to have the asbestos removed and disposed of correctly and safely, so it doesn’t impose any danger to you and your family.
When hiring an Arlington, VA professional asbestos inspector, make sure the inspection will include a complete visual examination, sample collections, and an independent laboratory analysis of the samples collected. If asbestos is detected, the inspector should be able to provide you with a written evaluation. This should describe the location and extent of the asbestos damage. They should be able to refer you to a licensed and accredited asbestos remediation company to come in and remove the asbestos. The inspector can also perform checks once the problem has been corrected to make sure the work was done properly.