Building materials installed before 1981 may contain asbestos.
Asbestos containing products continue 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.
Save yourself the possible cleanup expenses and test before removal.
There are three main kinds of asbestos analysis:
TEM 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. This is used for Asbesto Clearance.
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 Asbestos Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL). This is used to confirm the site is OK for Worker Safety.
PLM asbestos bulk sampling – material testing for asbestos. This type of screening is performed to determine if building materials contain asbestos before building materials are removed. By knowing which building materials contain asbestos, contractors can reduce the number 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 asbestos clearance in California.
Every project has different needs and budgets. We will be glad to discuss your individual needs.