Homeowners Submitting Samples for Analysis

Asbestos Testing, Sacramento CA

Homeowners Submitting Samples for Analysis

Common samples to be submitted to the lab for asbestos testing include but are not limited to; Popcorn Ceiling texture, Drywall & Joint compound, Floor tiles and associated glue, Linoleum and glue, Plasters, Insulation, Pipe wrap, Duct wrap, Transite siding, Roofing materials, and Soil samples suspected of containing naturally occurring asbestos.

We request clients submit small samples; a tablespoon of material or a square inch of material will suffice for our testing and we prefer not to take in large samples because of disposal issues. Samples should be submitted to the lab in sealed containers such as Ziploc bags or other airtight containers. To prevent contamination, samples should not be mixed with other materials, but should be submitted in separate containers.

There are six types of asbestos; Chrysotile, Amosite, Crocidolite, Tremolite, Actinolite, and Anthophyllite. These are all naturally occurring minerals. These minerals were used in Building materials for their high tensile strength, fire resistance and insulation qualities. We cannot tell you if your material has asbestos or not based upon the age of your home. The only definitive way to determine whether your material has asbestos or not is to test it. The test used for this analysis is EPA Method 600/R-93/116 (Method for Determination of Asbestos in Bulk Building Materials). The test uses Polarized Light Microscopy with Dispersion Staining to determine Refractive Indices of the minerals as well as other mineralogical properties.

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