What to Know about Portable Asbestos-Detecting Devices

If you know you have asbestos in your home, then you also know you will need asbestos waste removal. The problem is that you may not know how much asbestos is in the home or how much waste it will produce. One of the ways you can detect the asbestos amount is to use a portable detecting device. If you have never used this type of device, here are a few things you need to know about them.

Quick Results

One of the key things to know about using a portable asbestos-detecting device deals with results. The results usually come in within a few seconds to a few minutes. The device will normally have a digital readout panel that will let you know if asbestos is in the area. Once asbestos is detected the result panel will show you the percentage of asbestos that is detected. This can let you know which areas of the home have higher levels of asbestos.

Resampling Options

When you are checking for asbestos, you may need to resample some areas. If you are using a portable asbestos-detecting device, you may receive a detection message that says a resampling is needed. This means that the area may have asbestos but the levels are low or the material may be buried deeper into a wall or foundation. The resampling can be done from a different angle. If it still shows that resampling is required, make sure to contact a professional to use a different detection method of the area to ensure it does have asbestos and to see what level is present. 

Shareable Results

Most of the portable asbestos-detecting devices will have shareable results. This means you can send the results to your asbestos waste removal contractor. They can use that information as a starting point for removing the asbestos. They may also use the results as a way to determine where further methods to detect asbestos and asbestos waste need to be used.

If you are finding that you're concerned about the possibility of your home having asbestos-containing materials, make sure that you use one of these devices or another method for testing to see if your suspicions are correct. If your home does contain asbestos, it will be important for you to contact a professional asbestos waste removal service so that they can take care of the materials safely and without endangering you or your home further.