Learn About Asbestos Testing
The photo above was taken from an old Mae West movie. It was used to show how our attitudes about asbestos have changed.
“Asbestos” is a group of six naturally occurring minerals. These minerals are extremely resistant to heat, electricity, and corrosion. While these qualities make it a very useful material, it has also been found to be extremely harmful and toxic to humans that breathe in asbestos fibers.
Harmful Effects of Asbestos
Asbestos minerals are extremely resistant to heat, electricity, and corrosion. While these qualities make it a very useful material. Asbestos has also been found to be extremely harmful and toxic.
It was commonly used in the manufacture of many consumer and construction products. Asbestos was used in these products for many reasons such as its heat/fire resistance as well as strengthening materials. Asbestos has been highly regulated since 1981, and is absent from most materials previously containing asbestos. Example: most brake linings in autos.
Learn About Our Asbestos Testing Services
American Air Testing is available to perform the following types of asbestos related work:
Asbestos Status Report
This type of inspection is the most appropriate to determine the amount of building materials containing asbestos. Remember any area that exceeds 100 sq. feet of asbestos-containing materials is required by law to be removed by a licensed, certified asbestos abatement contractor. We do not perform this type of work – please call the office for referrals, if needed.
Our inspection is always performed while containment and engineering controls (those noisy air purifiers) remains in place. The HEPA air purification machines need to remain running to maintain negative pressure. No onsite reconstruction work of any kind will begun until you have full clearance of the area. This safeguards your family, workers and building site from asbestos contamination.
If your asbestos removal was performed without clearance, please give the office a call for additional information. We offer Peace of Mind inspections. If we do find an asbestos problem, we can tell you the steps to fix it.
It is faster, easier, and cheaper to do asbestos abatement correctly initially than to be legally required to repeat abatement efforts. From a health and safety standpoint, it is in the best interest of all building occupants and contents to perform abatement work with proper engineering controls by a professional abatement contractor.
Asbestos Fire and Demolition Survey
This type of inspection is the most appropriate if there has been a fire or if suspected asbestos-containing materials may be disturbed through demolition or the fire reconstruction processes.
Clearance Testing Post Asbestos Abatement
This type of inspection is the most appropriate after abatement work is completed usually by certified asbestos abatement contractor. Clearance can still be performed if work was performed by non-certified workers. More testing may be required.
This inspection is usually performed while containment remains in place, while HEPA air purification machines remain running to maintain negative pressure, and no onsite reconstruction work of any kind has begun.
We price our services in two parts: (1) our report with onsite inspection, and (2) how many and what type of asbestos samples need to be collected.
Asbestos samples are submitted for analysis to an asbestos accredited environmental laboratory.
The number and kind of asbestos samples that need to be taken is regulated by EPA, OSHA, CalOSHA and multiple other governmental agencies. The scope of work for the inspection, the history of the building, and appropriate set of governing laws will determine appropriate lab testing. We will always discuss testing onsite before samples are collected.