That is a great question that may need to be answered through what we target in our environmental testing. We specialize in testing for asbestos inspection and testing, mold testing and lead testing. These are only three key substances that we test for and have the capability to detect many more. At NOW Environmental Services we are committed to assisting homeowners, tenants and business owners alike in ensuring that their buildings are free from these airborne toxins.
We take it for granted that the air we breathe indoors is free of harmful substances and is completely safe for our health. That may be the case and it could not be further from the truth. Lets look at mold and asbestos as these key ingredients are both harmful when introduced into the air.
Asbestos is naturally occurring and is prized for its fire resistance and for heat insulation. These qualities are why asbestos was used in so many things involving the construction industry. Asbestos is a fantastic material that just so happens to be very dangerous.
We all remember Steve McQueen and unfortunately he was stricken with mesothelioma, the cancer that is associated with asbestos. Now in McQueen’s case the exposure came in the form of particles in the air which were prevalent in the shipbuilding industry he worked in; this produced airborne asbestos that, when inhaled damages the lungs over time. In short, asbestos has been widely discontinued as a building material in the United States, it is still legal to use however. This is in contrast to the rest of the “developed” world as in Europe, Asia and Australia.
The unfortunate fact is that many buildings built with asbestos are still in use and are slowly deteriorating, which may cause asbestos to be emitted into the air. That is where NOW Environmental Services comes in, we provide testing, building inspections and training for working around asbestos.
Next time we will explore mold and it many dangers. Please give us a call for a consultation, training schedules and asbestos information.
Now Environmental Services
34004 9th Ave South Building A Suite 12
Federal Way, WA 98003