What to Expect from An Asbestos Inspector in Fairfax, VA

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Most homes built in the U.S. before 1980 contain some form of asbestos. Prior to listing or purchasing a residence, undergoing demolition or renovation, or making improvements to your heating and cooling system, you will need to contact an asbestos inspector for your Fairfax, VA property.

Envirotex is a licensed, asbestos inspection and abatement contractor. We offer:

  • Safe and vigilant containment and removal following the highest safety procedures
  • Thorough site decontamination
  • Lawful disposal
  • All asbestos testing performed by an independent, certified lab

Most homes built in the U.S. before 1980 contain some form of asbestos. Prior to listing or purchasing a residence, undergoing demolition or renovation, or making improvements to your heating and cooling system, you will need to contact an asbestos inspector for your Fairfax, VA property.

Asbestos was praised as a versatile material when it first entered the manufacturing stream in the 1940's due to its properties of tensile strength, insulation, and soundproofing. It was mixed into hundreds of building products such as insulation, flooring, siding, roofing, fireproofing, and various construction compounds. Scientific testing in the 1980's confirmed fears that when nanoscopic asbestos fibers enter the air, they become a health hazard to humans that inhale them.

Before you hire an asbestos inspector in Fairfax, VA make sure to obtain copies of their Virginia Contractors License, their certification from the Virginia Department of the Environment, while also checking their EPA/AHERA Asbestos Inspector License.

Due to the highly toxic nature of friable asbestos (broken down into airborne particulates), extreme caution must be used when testing for its presence. A visual inspection by an experienced inspector is combined with careful collection of material and air samples. Testing should be conducted by an independent third party laboratory certified in asbestos testing.

There are currently two approved methods of analyzing for the presence of asbestos: Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Asbestos particles are often so fine they cannot be detected by microscopic investigation.

Once your test results confirm the presence of asbestos found in your Fairfax, VA home or business, you should receive a written plan of action with recommendations. If the asbestos has not yet deteriorated and become a danger, encapsulation may be recommended. While this is an effective remediation, only complete removal ensures the asbestos has been abated and the health risk eliminated.

During removal, your contractor should use a HEPA filtered vacuum system and wear approved respirators and disposable clothing. They should also provide a 100% sealed enclosure within which the work will take place. Once the work is complete, a second round of air samples should be taken to ensure the encapsulation or removal has been successful.

With the long-term health of your family at stake, make sure you know what to expect from an asbestos inspector in Fairfax, VA. Envirotex Environmental Services team of professionals have been serving the residents of Fairfax, VA for over 16 years.

About Envriotex Environmental Services

Established in Northern Virginia in 2000, Envirotex Environmental Services was founded on military service. While serving his country, the company's owner Mr. Freeman gained vast knowledge and experience in the environmental services field. His expertise in air monitoring and hazardous materials testing prepared him for his post-military career.

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