Asbestos Testing & Abatement in Colorado
Do you suspect asbestos?
Before the removal of damaged or contaminated building materials, Not everyone knows to call a Colorado State-certified Asbestos Consulting Firm to test for asbestos first!
Alot of asbestos products were used in construction from the late 1900s through the 80s. It begin being regulated in the 70s-90s but was not fully banned. Asbestos products are still commonly used in places such as China, India, Russia and Mexico.
What Products have Asbestos in them?
Hazardous asbestos exposure in humans is often the result of asbestos fibers becoming airborne due to an unplanned disturbance of building materials. Only a Colorado State-certified Asbestos Building Inspector is qualified to determine if building materials contain or do not contain asbestos. Certified Asbestos Building Inspectors will also know how to best address an asbestos spill should one have occurred.
Remember that in Colorado, regardless of the age of your commercial or residential property, asbestos testing is required by state law before disturbing or removing suspect building materials. These regulations were put in place to protect tenants, occupants, workers and neighbors from asbestos-related diseases. Testing is fast, affordable and a phone call away – Make it part of your project management checklist today!
Many Colorado Contractors turn to BuildSafe Environmental for asbestos testing services because we are fast, reliable and available around the clock. The BuildSafe Team understands that clean up must get underway quickly and we are here to serve our community in times of crisis! Check out our other services here. Get in contact with us to speak with our team.
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We are on call 24/7 and work closely with restoration companies and insurance agencies to ensure property damage is handled promptly and safely. Remember to get your asbestos test before handling any damaged building materials.
What Does BuildSafe Do When They Test For Asbestos?
We’re a specialized business that provides services to identify and test for the presence of asbestos in buildings and other structures. We only employ trained and certified professionals who use specialized equipment to collect samples of materials that may contain asbestos, such as insulation, flooring, or ceiling tiles.
After collecting the samples, we’ll send them to a laboratory for analysis to determine whether they contain asbestos fibers. If the samples are found to contain asbestos, we will provide a detailed report to the building owner or manager, outlining the location and extent of the asbestos-containing materials and recommending the appropriate steps for managing or removing the asbestos.
Asbestos testing companies play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and health of people who work or live in buildings that may contain asbestos. This is one of the reasons the State of Colorado mandates testing for suspect materials. Exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health problems, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis, so it’s important to identify and manage asbestos-containing materials properly.
How Long Does An Asbestos Test Take?
The time it takes to complete an asbestos test can vary depending on several factors, such as the number of samples that need to be collected, the size of the area being tested, and the laboratory’s workload. Generally, the turnaround time for an asbestos test is anywhere from 24 to 72 hours from the time the sample is received by the laboratory.
What Kinds Of Buildings And Materials May Contain Asbestos?
Asbestos was commonly used in a variety of building materials for many years due to its heat resistance and durability. As a result, many buildings constructed before the 1980s may contain asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).
Some common types of buildings that may contain asbestos include:
- Residential homes (especially those built before 1980)
- Commercial buildings, such as offices, schools, and hospitals
- Industrial buildings, such as factories and warehouses
- Public buildings, such as libraries and government buildings
Some common materials that may contain asbestos include:
- Thermal insulation materials (such as pipe insulation)
- Ceiling tiles and textured coatings
- Vinyl floor tiles and backing
- Cement roofing and siding
- Electrical wiring insulation
- Plaster and joint compound
- HVAC duct insulation
It’s important to note that asbestos-containing materials may not always be visible or easily identifiable, and professional testing may be necessary to determine if asbestos is present. If you suspect that your building may contain asbestos, it’s important to seek out the services of a licensed asbestos testing and abatement professional.