How to Test for Asbestos?

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There are kits that can test for asbestos, but since asbestos is a known carcinogen it is not recommended. You are better off having it tested professionally.
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Asbestos Disease
Asbestos disease refers to a number of ailments caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a carcinogenic mineral found in six naturally occurring minerals, namely amosite, chrysotile, crocidolite, and some varities of tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite. Up until the 1970s, asbestos was used in many manufactured items. Today, asbestos is. . . More »
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1. Research the history of your property to determine if asbestos was used in manufacturing or construction. Asbestos does not dissolve in water or soil nor does it evaporate in air
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1. Determine when the building in question was constructed. Asbestos was widely used between 1920 and 1989, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began regulating materials
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Testing to determine whether something contains asbestos is done in a laboratory equipped with an appropriate optical microscope and with access to a transmission electron microscope
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Polarized Light Microscpy (PLM) will work. A number of labs provide this service. I would suggest you make sure it is NVLAP accredited. The problem with sampling vermiculite is
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