3 reasons to test suspect materials in your home:
Many contractors will not perform services without an inspection of suspect materials
Knowing were asbestos was used in your home can make future renovations faster and cheaper
It’s always smart to err on the side of caution when planning renovations around your family
Common Asbestos Containing Materials
- Drywall Mud & Textures
- Ceilings – Especially Popcorn
- Duct Insulation & Mastics
- Water Heaters
- Vinyl or Linoleum Flooring & Mastics
- Siding & Roofing Materials
- Window Caulking & Glazing
- Attic Insulation
How Does Asbestos Testing Work?
Multiple small pieces of each suspect material need to be broken or cut into baggies and brought to a licensed asbestos testing lab where the samples can be analyzed by Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) to determine what percentage of the material, if any, is asbestos.
We can have results back to you in 24 hours or less if necessary. In order to do a more thorough survey you must collect more samples for the lab to analyze, though a comprehensive survey of your entire home is typically overkill. We will be more than happy to discuss your specific needs during a free consultation.
What Are Asbestos Test Kits?
While there are various brands, a typical asbestos test kit will contain zipper baggies, latex gloves, labels, instructions describing how and where to sample for asbestos, and a pre-paid postal box to mail your samples in. These kits can cost upwards of $50 and still require you to pay a per sample fee to get results.
We understand some people would like to take their own samples, which is why we have provided instructions below to help you get through the process. No kit needed! After you have collected and mailed us your samples (or dropped them off at our office) you will get the results emailed to you.
Things To Know Before Sampling
Mail Samples To:
Affordable Environmental Services
1750 Northwest Hwy. #240A
Garland, TX 75041
- By law, this can only be done in residential properties. Public buildings must have an asbestos inspection performed by a licensed asbestos inspector.
- Always wear some form of Personal Protective Equipment while collecting samples of suspected asbestos containing materials.
- Use a spray bottle to wet the material before sampling to reduce the number of airborne fibers.
- Samples must include all layers of the suspect material to get a proper analysis.
- Cut about a 1 square inch piece of the material and place it in a baggie.
- Label the baggie with a sample number, material type and sample location. (Ex: Sample 001, Floor Tile & Mastic, Kitchen)
- Seal and wipe the outside of the baggies to ensure we are not exposed when receiving the samples.
- Samples that have been pulverized to dust cannot be analyzed properly.
- Be sure to fill out the information form and mail it with your samples. NOT INSIDE THE BAGGIES.
- Make checks payable to Affordable Environmental Services and mail or drop them off with your samples.