What Are Your Options For Asbestos Testing?

4 April 2022
 Categories: Environmental, Blog


You might know that there is a concern about asbestos being present in certain older homes and businesses. If you have an older property, or if you are thinking about buying one, then it's smart to be concerned about asbestos testing. There are actually a couple of options that you can use for asbestos testing. You may want to learn about both options so you can choose the one that's best for you.

Do-It-Yourself Testing

If you have ever seen a do-it-yourself asbestos test at a home improvement store before, then you might have thought about buying it so you can perform your testing. These tests don't usually cost much, so you can use a DIY test to perform testing more affordably. Typically, the instructions for performing these tests are printed on the box and are pretty easy to follow.

Professional Testing

For most people, hiring a professional to perform asbestos testing makes the most sense. For one thing, if you perform asbestos testing yourself, then you will be putting yourself at risk. After all, you'll be in the home or building performing the test, and you might not have the proper gear or know the proper techniques to keep yourself safe. Additionally, if you don't perform the test just right, then you might not get accurate results. For example, if you don't perform testing in the right place, then you might get a negative test, despite the fact that there might still be asbestos present in the home or commercial building.

Additionally, if you're having testing done for a specific reason — such as if your lender has asked you to have asbestos testing done before they will finalize your mortgage or loan — then you might be required to have it done by a professional. Lastly, if you hire a professional to perform the test and they do find that there is asbestos present, they can actually tell you more about how serious the problem is, what will be involved in asbestos removal, how much it will cost to deal with the problem, and more. You'll probably find that you can benefit from this advice and help.

Some people use DIY tests to check for asbestos in a home or building, and this does work well in some cases. Overall, though, you will probably find that hiring someone to perform a professional test is going to be an even better idea. However, there is nothing wrong with checking out both options to determine the one that is best for you. 

For more information, contact a company like Sharpe Brothers, Ltd.