Asbestos Masters provides residential, commercial and industrial clients with a wide variety of asbestos testing and inspecting services. Whether a simple remodel or a large scale demolition, we’ve got your asbestos testing needs covered.
When is asbestos testing required?
AHERA requires testing if any building materials other than wood, metal or glass will be disturbed. Certain building materials are presumed to contain asbestos until an inspection is conducted. These materials are surfacing materials (trowel or spray applied surface treatments), thermal system insulation (on pipes, tanks and boilers), and flooring materials.
Who can perform asbestos testing?
Only an AHERA certified building inspector may perform asbestos testing. *Homeowners are allowed to perform asbestos testing on their own home. However, this data cannot be used by a contractor (unless it is a positive result). Homeowner testing can only be used it the homeowner is performing all of the abatement themselves. If anyone is hired to remove a potentially asbestos containing material, an AHERA certified inspector must perform the testing.
Though it may seem cost effective to collect asbestos samples yourself, in the long run it often is much more expensive. Our AHERA certified inspectors can utilize sampling and processing techniques (specifically ‘Point Counting”) that can drop a result below 1%. This can dramatically effect the cost of a remodeling project, nearly always at a level that far exceeds the cost of professional asbestos sampling.