Asbestos Testing

What is asbestos testing?

Asbestos testing includes collecting samples of suspected material and having those samples analyzed by an accredited asbestos lab. Samples can include popcorn ceilings and drywall. The laboratory analyzes mineral-specific properties in fibers to identify asbestos particles and determine how much asbestos exists in the samples.

 

Should I have my home tested for asbestos?

If building materials are in good condition, it’s usually best to leave it alone. Asbestos containing materials are not likely to pose a health risk, unless they are damaged or disturbed. In older buildings, asbestos containing materials (e.g., older insulation, popcorn ceilings, drywall and floor tiles) can decompose over time.

If building materials are damaged, then make sure you hire a trained asbestos professional who can give you proper guidance and provide asbestos testing services. A trained asbestos professional can take a sample properly with the right tool, place it in an appropriate sealable container and send it to a lab to analyze the sample for asbestos.

 

When is asbestos testing recommended?

There are some situations where building materials will be disturbed. The most common examples are home remodeling or demolition. In these cases, you’ll want to have building materials tested for asbestos before the project begins. This ensures that any materials that contain asbestos are properly treated and handled so asbestos fibers are not dispersed in the air or throughout your home.

 

What areas of my home might have asbestos containing materials?

Asbestos Inspection and Testing in Homes
Inside
A. Asbestos cement water tank
B. Pipe lagging
C. Loose fill insulation
D. Textured decorative coating (e.g., artex)
E. AIB ceiling tiles
F. AIB bath panel
G. Toilet seat and cistern
H. AIB behind fuse box
I. AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler
J. AIB partition wall
K. AIB interior window panel
L. AIB around boiler
M. Vinyl floor tiles
N. AIB behind fire

Outside
O. Gutters and Asbestos cement downpipes
P. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
Q. AIB exterior window panel
R. Asbestos cement roof
S. Asbestos cement panels
T. Roofing felt

AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board

 

Is EZ Mold Inspections trained for asbestos testing services?

Yes, we are trained to inspect homes and buildings and take samples of suspected materials including popcorn ceilings and drywall for asbestos testing. We provide asbestos services in specific cities listed on our [Service Areas] page.

 

What areas and cities do you serve?

We currently serve select cities in Riverside County and San Diego County. Please see our “Areas We Serve” page to view the list of cities we cover. Then call us to schedule your asbestos testing appointment.

 

What’s the difference between an asbestos inspector and an asbestos contractor?

Asbestos inspectors assess the conditions in a home or building, identify areas where asbestos may be present, take samples of materials that they suspect may contain asbestos for testing, and provide recommendations for prevention or corrective actions needed.

Asbestos contractors repair or remove asbestos containing materials.

 

Can I take samples myself?

We don’t recommend taking samples yourself. If done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material alone.

 

What is asbestos? And can exposure to asbestos affect my health?

Learn more at our asbestos health effects page.

 

Call today to schedule your asbestos testing appointment!
(951) 401-0565

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