Asbestos Surveys for Albany, Queensbury & the Adirondacks
Is your home or building safe from this microscopic health risk? Due to the older age of buildings that in the Albany, Clifton Park, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Queensbury, Lake George, and Plattsburgh areas, asbestos exposure is a risk homeowner and property owners take when undergoing demolition or remodeling.
It’s important you hire a qualified asbestos survey company to sample and assess your building for possible asbestos exposure.
What is Asbestos? Why do you need an Asbestos Demolition Survey?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that was popular in the building materials of the twentieth century. Due to its fire-proof and insulating qualities, asbestos was added to building materials such as cement, drywall, plastics, and sealants to make them stronger. It wasn’t until recently that exposure to asbestos’s thin, needle-like fibers were found to cause several cancers and diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.
Today, asbestos exposure occurs when the asbestos-containing material is disturbed, typically during demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling.
You can’t tell whether a material contains asbestos just by looking at it, unless it is labeled so it’s important you have your home inspected for asbestos containing materials by a trained and certified asbestos professional if you are planning to remodel your home.
3 Things to Know Before Hiring an Asbestos Surveyor and Asbestos Abatement Company:
1. Always Avoid a Conflict of Interest
The asbestos inspector you’re hiring to assess the need for asbestos abatement should in no way be connected to the asbestos contracting firm that would do the actual repair or removal of asbestos materials. It is better to use two different firms so there is no conflict of interest.
2. Ask for Accreditation
When hiring asbestos professionals, it’s acceptable to ask them to document their completion of federal or state-approved asbestos training. Each person performing work should provide proof of accreditation to do asbestos work.
3. Know the Difference Between Asbestos Inspectors & Contractors
Asbestos Inspectors can inspect a home or building, assess conditions, take samples of suspected materials and advise about what corrections are needed. If repair or removal of asbestos materials is chosen, inspectors can ensure the corrective-action contractor has followed proper procedures, including proper clean up, and can monitor the air to ensure no increase of asbestos fibers.
Asbestos Contractors are the professionals who repair or remove asbestos materials.
For more information on asbestos, visit the EPA Website.
Be Safe & Test Your Building For Asbestos
Adirondack Healthy Home is certified by New York State to perform asbestos containing materials survey and sampling for the Albany, Hudson Valley, and Adirondack areas. We proudly provide asbestos demolition surveys for residential and commercial customers in Albany, Clifton Park, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Queensbury, Lake George, Plattsburgh and other nearby areas.