What is Asbestos Testing and How Does It Work?



People living in old houses and have planned to renovate their home needs to consider asbestos testing; they need to look out for asbestos in their surroundings. Even though the methods involved in identifying and removing asbestos can be complicated. Asbestos can be found at many spots in your homes, including walls, roofs, carpets, vinyl flooring insulations, and chimneys. Because of this dangerous mineral, there is the need to perform testing before renovation or demolition can occur.


There are many ways to test for asbestos in homes and other places, and these testing are done by asbestos professionals, so do not venture to identify and collect asbestos in homes by yourself. Using wrong methods for collecting asbestos can lead to further spread of the dangerous mineral. The first thing to do is to contact an asbestos professional to identify your house and the likely areas where asbestos can be found.

The standard method used in testing by many professionals in many homes is by testing building material samples. When they are testing building materials, a variety of techniques are used. Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) is the commonly used technique for this type of testing method. The method uses the properties of a converse light to inspect the variety of minerals in fibers, through this technique, it gives the professional a clear indication of asbestos and kind of classification the asbestos particles belongs. This method also signifies the percentage of asbestos present in a mist of materials. Remember to contact a qualified asbestos personnel for the testing for you because it comes with many associated dangerous hazards.