Asbestos clearance testing will tell you in writing that your abatement is successful – or not.
Abatement is expensive. Before you rebuild it’s important (and legally required for schools and other public buildings) that asbestos clearance testing is done.
Asbestos clearance testing should include air sampling by a trained, experienced licensed neutral third party while asbestos containment and engineering controls are still onsite. It’s a law for schools, hospitals and other types of public building.
Engineering controls (those big, noisy machines and filter the air and then blow it outside and all the plastic that encloses the area) should always be left in place with the big machines still running.
Containment should never be removed until lab results that show asbestos fibers to be below the detection level.
Landlords: If you rent your property, it can be an extremely good move to have asbestos clearance testing.
Tenants: If asbestos has been removed inside your living area, this is something that you should request from your landlord before you move back into your unit.
Real estate buyers: If there has been recent interior construction work done on the inside of the building built before 1981, you will want to know the asbestos was removed properly. Your mortgage company may also want this information.
Real estate sellers: Do you really want your deal to fall out of escrow because of a lack of valid asbestos clearance documents?
Homeowners: Your family is breathing the air. Shouldn’t it be confirmed as asbestos-free after abatement?