Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in building materials up until the 1980s. It was popular for its heat-resistant properties and insulating qualities, making it an ideal material for construction. However, when asbestos fibers become airborne, they can be inhaled and cause serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. This is why it is essential to have your property tested for asbestos by a professional.
At Progressive Environmental, we understand that asbestos testing can be a daunting task for property owners. The thought of a potentially hazardous material lurking within your property can be a scary prospect. Here are some of the benefits of hiring a professional to test for asbestos rather than relying on DIY testing kits.
1. Accurate Results
First off, professional asbestos testing companies use specialized equipment and have extensive experience in testing for asbestos. They are trained to recognize the signs of asbestos and can provide accurate results quickly. DIY testing kits, on the other hand, can be unreliable and may not provide accurate results, leading to potential health hazards and increased costs.
2. Comprehensive hazmat survey
Secondly, a professional asbestos testing company will perform a comprehensive hazmat survey of your property to identify all hazardous materials. This will give you a clear understanding of the scope of work required for asbestos abatement and the safe removal of materials. A comprehensive survey will also ensure that all hazardous materials are identified and removed, reducing the risk of future health problems.
3. Compliance with safety standards
Asbestos abatement is a highly regulated process and must be done in compliance with WorkSafeBC standards. A professional asbestos testing company will have the necessary licenses and certifications to ensure that all work is done in compliance with these standards. This will give you peace of mind knowing that the asbestos abatement process is being handled safely and effectively.
While DIY testing kits may seem like a cost-effective option, they can end up costing you more in the long run. If the results are inaccurate, you may need to pay for additional testing, and if asbestos is found, you will need to hire a professional asbestos abatement company to remove it safely. Hiring a professional to test for asbestos can save you time and money in the long run.
In conclusion, hiring a professional to test for asbestos is the safest and most cost-effective option for property owners. As a one-stop, complete deconstruction or demolition company, Progressive Environmental takes care of it all, from testing for hazardous materials to creating a plan for your demolition or deconstruction work and the safe removal of materials, hazardous or not, to all WorkSafeBC standards.
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