What should you do if you suspect asbestos is present?
With such a high percentage of Portland properties built before 1970 expected to have asbestos, testing becomes vital. Technically, if asbestos is not disturbed it is completely harmless. However, building repairs or renovations can pose a high risk by sending toxic fibers into the air causing serious health problems for all occupants and nearby neighbors. Again, prior to any repairs or demolition, it is important to have a professional take samples to be analyzed by a certified laboratory. If the material is found to be positive for asbestos it is required by law that it be removed or repaired by experts to ensure it is done property.