Asbestos is a term used to describe a group of six silicate fibrous minerals—chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite—that occur naturally. Asbestos has amazing tensile strength and fire- and chemical-resistant properties, making it a “miracle mineral.” It was used in a wide range of products, including floor and ceiling tiles, car parts, siding, and insulation. Asbestos is commonly found in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings constructed between 1930 and 1990.
Sadly, this “miracle mineral” was found to have extreme carcinogenic properties, and the health risks surrounding asbestos are well-documented. When breathed in, airborne asbestos fibers lead to significant health problems, including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. When building materials containing asbestos are disturbed during events such as demolition, renovation, construction, or maintenance, asbestos fibers can be released into the air and then inhaled by anyone in the vicinity of the material. Additionally, asbestos fibers can also leach into the water supply. This makes the problem of asbestos contamination an especially dicey one. Structures containing asbestos are damaged daily across the nation, whether from the normal aging and corrosion process, human interference, or natural phenomena such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
If you suspect the presence of asbestos, turn to ETR Laboratories, Inc., for asbestos testing. Our specialized asbestos tests will detect even trace amounts of asbestos in your water and alert you to the presence of asbestos in nearby structures. Rain runoff and corroding pipes can both deposit asbestos in your drinking water, so don’t wait to find out if your water is safe.
If you’re wondering where to test water, our company offers a variety of services, including well water testing and full water analysis. Our company offers a convenient at-home testing kit, so you won’t have a potentially invasive technician on your property or disrupting your business services. We simply mail the kit to you, and you return it back to us once you’ve had time to collect samples. Water and asbestos monitoring are important to your health and the overall health of all those on your property, and we’re here to make it as easy and convenient as possible. For more information, call us today!