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DIY Asbestos Tests: Do, Don’t, and Why?
Category: News and Updates , • November 7, 2021

Let’s be honest: When stress is a constant companion, immediate gratification becomes increasingly tempting. As such, we can understand why many homeowners opt for DIY asbestos testing kits when they suspect their property may contain such villainous fibers.

But we urge you to reconsider.

While these kits may seem like an easily affordable and accessible answer to the questions you’re asking, you’re better off calling in a professional. Here’s why:

Location, Location, Location

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos has long been used to manufacture building/construction materials, friction products, heat-resistant fabrics, and more.

Of course, when homeowners think of asbestos, their first thoughts may immediately jump to textured paint, attic insulation, and popcorn ceilings — but asbestos lingers in far more than these primary products.

“Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives. Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape,” as reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). “Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.”

Thus, testing is not only necessary for when you suspect it may be present in your property, but whenever you embark on a new renovation project that may otherwise disturb the friable fibers. After all, you may never have thought to look for asbestos in those areas in the first place.

Why Not DIY?

DIY asbestos kits may appear to offer ease and efficiency, but the truth is that they are more likely to put you at risk of hazardous exposure to the fibers, as you do not have access to the same industry resources as your locally-licensed professionals.

“Controlling the exposure to asbestos can be done through engineering controls, administrative actions, and personal protective equipment (PPE),” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explains. “Engineering controls include such things as isolating the source and using ventilation systems.”

What’s more, the accuracy of DIY asbestos kits is questionable at best without professional lab work coming into the picture.

“It’s extremely difficult to identify asbestos just by looking at it, so you need to send samples to a lab for testing,” the Mesothelioma Center explains. “Homeowners can collect samples and have them tested, but it’s much safer for you and your family to hire a trained asbestos professional for the job.”

Calling for Quality

At the end of the day, your long-term health and safety can never be taken too seriously, which is why calling in certified professionals will always be your best course of action when it comes time to deal with asbestos.

And if you don’t know who to call? Luce Air Quality has got you covered!

Our expert asbestos surveys are designed to provide you with answers you can trust. Specifically, our team will both inspect, identify, and report back on asbestos throughout your property, as well as provide you with actionable recommendations that adhere to regional regulations and standards.

In short, from remodeling to degraded insulation, storm damage, and more, our team will be there to help you breathe easy. To learn more, contact us today by calling 904-803-1014!