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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!

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3 Steps To Get Your Home Tested For Asbestos Before A Renovation

Ethan Burton

If you're thinking of renovating your old home, then you may want to get it tested for asbestos, especially if it was built before 1990. Asbestos should never be taken lightly because of the immense health risks it poses if disturbed. While you need to hire an asbestos testing professional to get the job done, you will need to prepare yourself to ensure a thorough job is undertaken. Here are some steps to get your home tested for asbestos ahead of a renovation: 

Hire An Accredited Testing Agency To Check Your Home 

It's always ideal to hire a NATA accredited testing agency to ensure that high standards are followed when undertaking tests to detect the presence of asbestos in your home. Depending on the extent of the renovation you're undertaking, you may have to test your walls, roofing and floors for the presence of asbestos. It's always best to leave your children with a family member or friend or in a daycare when your home is being tested so they are not exposed to any harmful airborne substances that fly around. While the testing agency will take utmost care to ensure completely safe testing, it's probably always best to keep your kids away for their own good. 

Find Out Whether You Need To Prepare Your Home Before Or During Testing 

You may choose to be around during the test to ensure the agency has everything they need to get samples from your home. If you are inside the house, you may be asked to turn off the air conditioning, heating and any fans to prevent particles from flying through the air. All soft furnishings may need to be relocated. You'll want to wear protective clothing to avoid any harm to yourself. This will include overalls, a mask and gloves. Do not remove your respirator mask until the process has been completed and everything has been cleaned up to stay as safe as possible. 

Put Up Signs And Barriers To Keep Passersby Away 

You don't want to put anyone in harm's risk when your property is being tested for asbestos, so make sure adequate signage is put up to keep curious passersby away. This will hopefully let everyone know that your property is being tested so it's best to avoid your home for the day, whether it is an unexpected visitor, a postman or a curious onlooker. 

Getting asbestos testing will help you take adequate action in case it exists in your home prior to your renovation.