Asbestos Testing in Arlington, VA - Finding and Eliminating A Silent Health Hazard

Asbestos testing in Arlington, VA, is overseen by The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), which regulates asbestos through enforcement of the Virginia State Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) regulations. They also enforce the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Asbestos Notification regulations published in the Labor Laws of Virginia (§40.1-51.20).

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber found in many construction materials manufactured between the early 1940's and the late 1970’s - fabrics and fire retardant clothing, floor tile, drywall mud, window caulking, electrical component insulation, home siding, roofing shingles, building insulation, decorative ceiling and wall treatments, acoustic tiles, and other building substances. When asbestos in Arlington, VA, is exposed to air or water it becomes friable, or able to easily and silently travel through the air. Then, the microscopic asbestos in Arlington, VA, is inhaled into the lungs of anyone present. The National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has completed studies showing friable asbestos fibers contribute to plaque and irreversible lung damage, leading to long-term health conditions including deadly cancers.

During routine building inspections asbestos inspectors often find untrained construction crews unwittingly contribute to the problem by "improperly and illegally" removing asbestos from Arlington, VA, renovation projects. Before you purchase a home built before 1980 or begin planning your Arlington renovation project, hire an asbestos remediation company like Envirotex for professional asbestos testing, undisputed scientific identification, and legal removal of any materials containing asbestos in your Arlington, VA, home.

Left unattended over time, asbestos fibers accumulate in the soft lung tissue and leave scarring with inflammation, which leads to difficulty breathing and other serious health problems. Asbestos is classified as a known human carcinogen (any substance known to cause cancer) by the EPA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

While asbestos testing for Northern Virginia homes isn’t required by law, government agencies like the EPA, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommend professional testing for asbestos in Arlington, VA, to protect those on both sides of any real estate transaction, for any owner or a home or business planning to demolish, expand, or remodel, or following severe structural damage from the increasing incidents of dangerous natural disasters.

Don’t allow the health or safety of your family or property investment to suffer because of improper or unattended asbestos in Arlington, VA. Contact the asbestos experts at Envirotex right now and breath easy.

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