Do you live in Australia and think you may have loose-fill asbestos insulation in a building you live in or own? Are you wondering what you need to do about it?
If you do think you have loose-fill asbestos insulation in a building, under Australian law you must have it tested to find out. This is because it can be a very serious health hazard if it gets into the air.
How to get loose-fill asbestos insulation testing done? — There are companies around Australia that do testing for loose-fill asbestos insulation.
To arrange for testing, look for some of the companies on the Internet and get quotes for how much they charge for testing. In most cases, any loose-fill asbestos insulation testing is quite cheap, so do be sure to find out about the cost before you hire someone to do yours.
Once you have found a company whose prices you like, make arrangements to have them come by your home or office to do the testing.
How is loose-fill asbestos insulation testing done? — As loose-fill asbestos insulation can be anywhere in a building, a typical technician will test every room.
He will go around the building taking air samples in an attempt to find out if any loose-fill asbestos insulation has escaped into the air. He will also take samples of any insulation he finds under sinks or in wall cavities, as well as samples of any other materials he finds in sinks, in wall cracks, under floorboards and in attics.
How long to get the test results? — Once the testing has been completed, the samples will be taken to a lab for testing. This is usually complete within 24 hours, and the technician will then tell you the results.