Asbestos was commonly used in building materials up through 1980 and is a leading cause of a number of deadly diseases, especially mesothelioma. We provide an inspection that identifies suspect materials and lab testing to determine if they contain asbestos.
We are certified to test for asbestos in Minnesota. Our inspectors will examine all household building materials for asbestos and remove samples of any materials that are suspect. We can also remove samples without a full inspection if there is a specific area you are concerned about. The samples are tested by our lab to determine if any percentage of asbestos is contained in the material. The acceptable limit for asbestos-containing materials is 1%.
The most common form of asbestos is Chrysotile, which makes up about 90-95% of the asbestos material used in the United States. Chrysotile is sometimes called "white asbestos" and is composed of wavy and flexible white fibers.
Exposure to asbestos can lead to a number of deadly diseases. Pleural mesothelioma is a rare cancer and the primary cause is asbestos exposure. The cancer develops in the mesothelium, which is the thin layer of tissue that lines and protects the chest cavity and other organs as well. While other types of mesothelioma may result from asbestos exposure, pleural mesothelioma is the most common, making up approximately 75% of all mesothelioma cases.
For more information about mesothelioma, go to the Pleural Mesothelioma web site using the following link.
For more information on asbestos, go to the Minnesota Department of Health web site using the following link.