Asbestos may be in building materials installed before 1981. Save yourself the possible cleanup expenses and test before removal.
Asbestos containing products continued to be manufactured and used throughout the world. Unfortunately, asbestos containing materials are sold in many hardware and auto parts stores. Vehicle brake pads remain an everyday product that contains asbestos.
EPA’s List of PACM (Presumed Asbestos Containing Materials
There are three main kinds of analysis:
TEM asbestos air sampling – air testing used for clearance after completed abatement. This test looks for asbestos fibers only. The law requires this type of asbestos testing for schools, hospitals or many public places.
PCM asbestos air sampling – air testing also used for clearance after asbestos abatement is completed. This analysis method looks for all types of fibers. Asbestos clearance is reached when the fiber count is below the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL).
PLM asbestos bulk sampling – material testing for asbestos. This type of screening is performed to determine if building materials contain asbestos. By knowing which building materials contain asbestos, contractors can reduce the amount of materials that are required to go to a toxic dump site. Sometimes no asbestos is found, and thousands of dollars can be saved on demo costs.
EPA Sample List of ACM This is not a complete list. The materials listed may contain asbestos, but need testing to determine the presence or absence.
Both TEM and PCM analysis methods are valid in California. Every project has different needs and budgets. We will be glad to discuss your individual needs.