HNST Mold Inspections also provides Asbestos testing in The State of New York. There are situations where Asbestos poses threats, but it can be important to know whether or not Asbestos is present in a suspected area. It is commonly found in drywall and joint compound. For this reason, New York State Law requires Asbestos sampling of building materials for any renovation or demolition project, especially if your home was built before 1978.
Why is Asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is a mineral found in nature. Part of the reason it is so harmful to humans is the small size of the fibers. An individual fiber of Asbestos can only be seen by an electron microscope. When these fibers are woven and clumped together they pose less threat than when they break apart and become airborne. They can easily be inhaled, ingested, or exposed to eyes and mucus membranes. Their microscopic size makes them tasteless and odorless as well.
Do I have Asbestos in my house or building?
There are many products that contain Asbestos, the majority of those being building materials. The most common products are:
- Insulation (buildings, pipes, walls, but not fiberglass)
- Old caulks and paint
- Ceiling Tiles
- Friction material items like brake pads or clutches
What do I do if I have Asbestos?
In many cases Asbestos is found in these common materials is safe when left untouched. It’s important however to know if the material in question in your home or business contains such material so that you know to avoid it. You may also choose to have it removed by a licensed contractor.