Facts about testing for asbestos and mold

Here are a few (Frequently Asked Questions) FAQ about environmental testing for asbestos and mold. We value our customers and will help with your testing process by providing reliable facts. Please contact us for more information.

Where can I find the Colorado regulations<br /> FAQ About Environmental Testing for Asbestos and Mold

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) lists the Colorado regulations covering asbestos and other forms of
solid waste. Asbestos is banned in most kinds of building materials. However, some pathogens may remain in buildings constructed prior to the bans. Please visit the CDPHE website for more information.

Are asbestos products being manufactured now?

The EPA announced a Significant New Use Rule regarding asbestos as of June 1, 2018. The EPA states a SNUR requires notice to the
agency before chemical substances are used in new ways that might create concerns.

Is there any way I can tell if I have asbestos or mold in my home?

If you notice fraying or crumbling to any floor or ceiling tile, shingles or siding, you should have your home or business tested for asbestos. A routine test is required if you plan to renovate, buy or sell an older home or building. Most importantly, if you suspect there is  asbestos, have testing done for the sake of your health and that of your family/employees. Mold is more recognizable, but you should test to be sure.

What are the health risks of living with asbestos?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions. It is unlikely there would be any health risk, provided materials used in building your home remain in good condition. Asbestos is harmful when airborne. Any type of renovation, demolition or remodeling causes damage
to contained asbestos products. As a result, there is a higher likelihood of asbestos becoming airborne. Most importantly, it becomes a health hazard when it is inhaled. Therefore, your health may be at risk and a test should be done immediately if there is any damage to a
product made with asbestos. 

I am buying a home, how do I know if it has been built with asbestos products?

A seller is NOT legally obligated to disclose if their home contains asbestos but state and local requirements may require disclosure.

I had asbestos and mold testing done and it came back positive. What now?

The process of removing asbestos or mold from your home requires the help of a licensed abatement professional. Call First Choice Environmental Testing because we will assist you as to what steps you should take.

I think I have mold, what should I do?

Testing for mold should be done quickly because this will prevent any mold related health problems. First Choice Environmental Testing can help arrange for abatement if the mold test is positive. 

What kind of symptoms might indicate there is mold in my home or office?

A mold allergy can cause coughing, itchy eyes and other symptoms that make you miserable. You might have year-round symptoms or symptoms that flare up only during certain times of the year. You might notice symptoms when the weather is damp or when you’re in indoor or outdoor spaces that have high concentrations of mold. Mold can mimic seasonal allergies or some other form of airborne contagion, so it’s best to test for mold to be sure.

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