If you own a building that you suspect may have asbestos somewhere in its structure, you probably know you need to have it tested.
What is asbestos testing though, how is it carried out, how do you get it done and how does it work?
What is asbestos testing? -- It is the simple procedure of testing a structure for the presence of asbestos.
This is done by taking samples of material that may be asbestos and then having them tested in a certified laboratory. If the building does have the substance within it, by law steps then have to be taken to have it removed.
How is the testing carried out? -- Some people do their own testing with kits they buy on the Internet. In most cases, however, this is not the recommended direction to take.
Instead, experts recommend hiring a professional company specializing in testing for asbestos and other toxic substances. This company will send a technician to your building who will take all the necessary samples.
The company will then have these samples tested at a certified laboratory they trust.
A negative versus a positive result -- If your building tests negative for the substance, there is nothing else you need to do.
If it tests positive, however, there are specific actions you will be mandated to take depending on the law about asbestos in your area of the world.
This is one important reason why it pays to hire a professional company. They have the expertise to walk you through everything you will need to do to decontaminate the building and make it safe for people again.