An asbestos status or survey will tell you exactly what building materials contain asbestos and the square footage that needs removal. You will have photos of the materials and the lab report are made into one report for your team.
There are a lot of new rules now; like if a bearing wall is removed in a building built after 1981 you need asbestos testing. Testing for PCBs is sometimes also required. Your building department may ask you for a J-card number – that’s the license number for a CA licensed asbestos inspector. Different types of buildings require different levels of licensing.
If you are buying a property, we can perform an asbestos inspection and identify probable asbestos containing building materials before your buy. A photo of the material is compiled into a report for your team.
To confirm the presence of asbestos we need to take a small sample of the material. This means a chip in the tile floor, etc. That’s why having a professional identify the probable building materials that may contain asbestos will assist you in making a reasonable bid for the property.
Asbestos clearance is normally performed by sampling the air inside an asbestos containment chamber with the air scrubbers turned on. There are two types of asbestos air analysis. TEM looks only for asbestos fibers and uses a high magnification. PCM looks for any particle of a similar size to asbestos fibers and uses a low power microscope. PCM is normally used to confirm worker safety. TEM is normally used in schools, hospitals, private homes, businesses, etc. More about TEM and PCM here.
Asbestos fibers can’t be seen without magnification, so there is no way to tell if all the asbestos fibers have been removed from the air. The air scrubbers are left running so no fibers escape the containment. That’s why we test for asbestos outside containment when we have failed containment.
Asbestos Peace of Mind Testing
If you are concerned about previous asbestos removal that did not have asbestos testing – before removal or after removal – or from an event that disturbed asbestos containing material, we can provide Peace of Mind asbestos inspections. Example: popcorn ceiling material fell down during a flood from the unit above.
Give us a call – we’ll discuss your options!