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ASBESTOS SURVEYS, INSPECTIONS AND TESTING

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring fibrous materials with high tensile strength, resistance to heat and most chemicals, and the ability to be woven. Because of these properties, asbestos fibers have been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, including roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, rolled flooring, drywall, siding, insulation, cement products, and textured surfaces such as popcorn ceilings.

Are asbestos surveys required prior to demolition, remodeling or remediation?

Yes. Federal and State regulations regarding asbestos must be followed before demolition, remodeling or remediation. It’s the law! The National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) has developed regulations concerning asbestos to protect the public by minimizing the release of asbestos fibers during activities involving the processing, handling and disposal of asbestos containing building material (ACBM). Section 112 of the Clean Air Act allows the EPA to delegate authority to a State or local agency. In Central Florida, that agency is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Central District, Orlando, Florida, 407-897-4100.

Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos prepared by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

What is included in an asbestos survey?

  • A review of available information regarding the buildings, including the type and age of original construction.
  • A walk-through to observe the accessible areas of the buildings and to locate, identify, and assess suspected ACBM (asbestos containing building material).
  • Collection of samples for each suspected ACBM.
  • Sending via overnight courier of the samples to be analyzed by a certified lab using Polarized Light Microscopy for presence of asbestos fibers.
  • Preparation of a report with photographs, lab results, floor plans and conclusions.

What are the health effects of asbestos exposure?

Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking. In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects. Disease symptoms make take several years to develop following exposure. If you are concerned about possible exposure, consult a physician who specializes in lung diseases (pulmonologist).

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring fibrous materials with high tensile strength, resistance to heat and most chemicals, and the ability to be woven. Because of these properties, asbestos fibers have been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, including roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, rolled flooring, drywall, siding, insulation, cement products, and textured surfaces such as popcorn ceilings.

Are asbestos surveys required prior to demolition, remodeling or remediation?

Yes. Federal and State regulations regarding asbestos must be followed before demolition, remodeling or remediation. It’s the law!

The National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) has developed regulations concerning asbestos to protect the public by minimizing the release of asbestos fibers during activities involving the processing, handling and disposal of asbestos containing building material (ACBM). Section 112 of the Clean Air Act allows the EPA to delegate authority to a State or local agency. In Central Florida, that agency is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Central District, Orlando, Florida, 407-897-4100.

Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos prepared by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

What is included in an asbestos survey?

  • A review of available information regarding the buildings, including the type and age of original construction.
  • A walk-through to observe the accessible areas of the buildings and to locate, identify, and assess suspected ACBM (asbestos containing building material).
  • Collection of samples for each suspected ACBM.
  • Sending via overnight courier of the samples to be analyzed by a certified lab using Polarized Light Microscopy for presence of asbestos fibers.
  • Preparation of a report with photographs, lab results, floor plans and conclusions.

What are the health effects of asbestos exposure?

Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking. In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects. Disease symptoms make take several years to develop following exposure. If you are concerned about possible exposure, consult a physician who specializes in lung diseases (pulmonologist).

Frequently asked questions

What is asbestos sampling / asbestos testing?
Often the owner of a structure needs to know the asbestos content of just one or two building materials (such as popcorn ceiling or vinyl floor tiles) for remodeling or repair purposes. In these cases, the owner does not require an asbestos survey for the entire structure. The asbestos sampling / asbestos testing is limited to the specific building materials that will be disturbed during remodeling or repair.
What is an asbestos inspection / asbestos survey?

An asbestos inspection / asbestos survey is an inspection of a structure (residential, commercial, or facility) for the presence, location and type of asbestos containing building material (ACBM). The inspector will collect samples of suspected asbestos containing building material (ACBM) and send those samples to a laboratory for testing to determine whether the samples contain asbestos greater than 1%. Generally speaking, asbestos content greater than 1% would require removal by a licensed abatement company prior to any demolition or remodeling. An asbestos inspection / asbestos survey should include the following: • A review of available information regarding the structure’s building material and age of original construction. • A complete visual inspection to observe the accessible areas of the structure and to locate, identify, and assess suspected ACBM (asbestos containing building material). • Collection of samples for each suspected ACBM. • Analysis of samples by a certified lab using Polarized Light Microscopy for presence of asbestos fibers. • Preparation of a report with photographs, lab results, floor plan and conclusions. Typically, asbestos inspections /asbestos surveys are required for demolition and occasionally for remodeling permits.

How much does it cost to get your house checked for asbestos?
The cost for an asbestos inspection / asbestos survey typically ranges between $750 and $1,500, depending on the number of suspected materials that need to be tested.
How long does it take to test for asbestos?
The length of time to conduct an asbestos inspection / asbestos survey depends on the size of the structure and also on the number of suspected asbestos containing building material (ACBM) that need to be sampled. Typically, the collection of samples takes about 1.5 hours. The asbestos survey report is typically completed and emailed to the client within 3 – 5 business days.
Do they check for asbestos in a home inspection?
Being a certified home inspector does not qualify that person as an EPA certified asbestos building inspector. A separate certification is required to collect asbestos samples.
How do you test for asbestos in your home?
Because asbestos fibers are so tiny and cannot be seen with the naked eye, you cannot determine whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it. Bulk samples have to be collected and sent to an accredited lab for analysis by Polarized Light Microscopy. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website states that “a professional should take the samples for analysis, since a professional knows what to look for, and because there may be an increased health risk if fibers are released. In fact, if done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material alone. Taking samples yourself is not recommended.”
Can you see asbestos fibers in the air?
No, asbestos fibers are so tiny you cannot see asbestos fibers in the air. Asbestos fibers are released into the air when asbestos materials are disturbed, damaged or removed unsafely.
How long do asbestos fibers remain in the air?
Asbestos fibers are very tiny and lightweight, so they can float in the air for 48 – 72 hours. In a room that has moving air, asbestos fibers can float in the air much longer. When asbestos fibers are floating in the air, they can be inhaled and pose serious health issues.
What year was asbestos used in homes?
Many homes built between 1930 and 1980 contain asbestos materials, such as roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, rolled flooring, drywall, siding, insulation, cement products and textured surfaces such as popcorn ceilings. However, since many of our building materials come from overseas, homes built since 1980 may also contain asbestos.
What is friable asbestos? What is non-friable asbestos?
Friable asbestos is any material containing more than 1% asbestos that may be crumbled by hand pressure. Conversely, non-friable asbestos is any material containing 1% asbestos that cannot be crumbled by hand pressure. Friable asbestos is more dangerous than non-friable asbestos because the friable asbestos fibers are more likely to become airborne if disturbed. Examples of friable asbestos are 1) some types of popcorn ceiling, and 2) deteriorating building material that contain asbestos fibers. Examples of non-friable asbestos are intact vinyl floor tile and mastic (glue). If not disturbed, the floor tiles will not release asbestos fibers into the air. However, if you saw, drill, or sand the tiles, asbestos fibers will be released into the air.
What is asbestos sampling / asbestos testing?
Often the owner of a structure needs to know the asbestos content of just one or two building materials (such as popcorn ceiling or vinyl floor tiles) for remodeling or repair purposes. In these cases, the owner does not require an asbestos survey for the entire structure. The asbestos sampling / asbestos testing is limited to the specific building materials that will be disturbed during remodeling or repair.
What is an asbestos inspection / asbestos survey?
An asbestos inspection / asbestos survey is an inspection of a structure (residential, commercial, or facility) for the presence, location and type of asbestos containing building material (ACBM). The inspector will collect samples of suspected asbestos containing building material (ASBM) and send those samples to a laboratory for testing to determine whether the samples contain asbestos greater than 1%. Generally speaking, asbestos content greater than 1% would require removal by a licensed abatement company prior to any demolition or remodeling. An asbestos inspection / asbestos survey should include the following: • A review of available information regarding the structure’s building material and age of original construction. • A complete visual inspection to observe the accessible areas of the structure and to locate, identify, and assess suspected ACBM (asbestos containing building material). • Collection of samples for each suspected ACMB. • Analysis of samples by a certified lab using Polarized Light Microscopy for presence of asbestos fibers. • Preparation of a report with photographs, lab results, floor plan and conclusions. Typically, asbestos inspections /asbestos surveys are required for demolition and occasionally for remodeling permits.
How much does it cost to get your house checked for asbestos?
The cost for an asbestos inspection / asbestos survey typically ranges between $750 and $1,500, depending on the number of suspected materials that need to be tested.
How long does it take to test for asbestos?
The length of time to conduct an asbestos inspection / asbestos survey depends on the size of the structure and also on the number of suspected asbestos containing building material (ACBM) that need to be sampled. Typically, the collection of samples takes about 1.5 hours. The asbestos survey report is typically completed and emailed to the client within 3 – 5 business days.
Do they check for asbestos in a home inspection?
Being a certified home inspector does not qualify that person as an EPA certified asbestos building inspector. A separate certification is required to collect asbestos samples.
How do you test for asbestos in your home?
Because asbestos fibers are so tiny and cannot be seen with the naked eye, you cannot determine whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it. Bulk samples have to be collected and sent to an accredited lab for analysis by Polarized Light Microscopy. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website states that “a professional should take the samples for analysis, since a professional knows what to look for, and because there may be an increased health risk if fibers are released. In fact, if done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material alone. Taking samples yourself is not recommended.”
Can you see asbestos fibers in the air?
No, asbestos fibers are so tiny you cannot see asbestos fibers in the air. Asbestos fibers are released into the air when asbestos materials are disturbed, damaged or removed unsafely.
How long do asbestos fibers remain in the air?
Asbestos fibers are very tiny and lightweight, so they can float in the air for 48 – 72 hours. In a room that has moving air, asbestos fibers can float in the air much longer. When asbestos fibers are floating in the air, they can be inhaled and pose serious health issues.
What year was asbestos used in homes?
Many homes built between 1930 and 1980 contain asbestos materials, such as roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, rolled flooring, drywall, siding, insulation, cement products and textured surfaces such as popcorn ceilings. However, since many of our building materials come from overseas, homes built since 1980 may also contain asbestos.
What is friable asbestos? What is non-friable asbestos?
Friable asbestos is any material containing more than 1% asbestos that may be crumbled by hand pressure. Conversely, non-friable asbestos is any material containing 1% asbestos that cannot be crumbled by hand pressure. Friable asbestos is more dangerous than non-friable asbestos because the friable asbestos fibers are more likely to become airborne if disturbed. Examples of friable asbestos are 1) some types of popcorn ceiling, and 2) deteriorating building material that contain asbestos fibers. Examples of non-friable asbestos are intact vinyl floor tile and mastic (glue). If not disturbed, the floor tiles will not release asbestos fibers into the air. However, if you saw, drill, or sand the tiles, asbestos fibers will be released into the air.

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Phone Consultation

using the form below or call us at:

(386) 679-7326

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring fibrous materials with high tensile strength, resistance to heat and most chemicals, and the ability to be woven. Because of these properties, asbestos fibers have been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, including roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, rolled flooring, drywall, siding, insulation, cement products, and textured surfaces such as popcorn ceilings.

Are asbestos surveys required prior to demolition, remodeling or remediation?

Yes. Federal and State regulations regarding asbestos must be followed before demolition, remodeling or remediation. It’s the law!

The National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) has developed regulations concerning asbestos to protect the public by minimizing the release of asbestos fibers during activities involving the processing, handling and disposal of asbestos containing building material (ACBM). Section 112 of the Clean Air Act allows the EPA to delegate authority to a State or local agency. In Central Florida, that agency is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Central District, Orlando, Florida, 407-897-4100.

Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos prepared by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

What is included in an asbestos survey?

  • A review of available information regarding the buildings, including the type and age of original construction.
  • A walk-through to observe the accessible areas of the buildings and to locate, identify, and assess suspected ACBM (asbestos containing building material).
  • Collection of samples for each suspected ACBM.
  • Sending via overnight courier of the samples to be analyzed by a certified lab using Polarized Light Microscopy for presence of asbestos fibers.
  • Preparation of a report with photographs, lab results, floor plans and conclusions.

What are the health effects of asbestos exposure?

Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking. In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects. Disease symptoms make take several years to develop following exposure. If you are concerned about possible exposure, consult a physician who specializes in lung diseases (pulmonologist).

Frequently asked questions

What is asbestos sampling / asbestos testing?
Often the owner of a structure needs to know the asbestos content of just one or two building materials (such as popcorn ceiling or vinyl floor tiles) for remodeling or repair purposes. In these cases, the owner does not require an asbestos survey for the entire structure. The asbestos sampling / asbestos testing is limited to the specific building materials that will be disturbed during remodeling or repair.
What is an asbestos inspection / asbestos survey?

An asbestos inspection / asbestos survey is an inspection of a structure (residential, commercial, or facility) for the presence, location and type of asbestos containing building material (ACBM). The inspector will collect samples of suspected asbestos containing building material (ACBM) and send those samples to a laboratory for testing to determine whether the samples contain asbestos greater than 1%. Generally speaking, asbestos content greater than 1% would require removal by a licensed abatement company prior to any demolition or remodeling. An asbestos inspection / asbestos survey should include the following: • A review of available information regarding the structure’s building material and age of original construction. • A complete visual inspection to observe the accessible areas of the structure and to locate, identify, and assess suspected ACBM (asbestos containing building material). • Collection of samples for each suspected ACBM. • Analysis of samples by a certified lab using Polarized Light Microscopy for presence of asbestos fibers. • Preparation of a report with photographs, lab results, floor plan and conclusions. Typically, asbestos inspections /asbestos surveys are required for demolition and occasionally for remodeling permits.

How much does it cost to get your house checked for asbestos?
The cost for an asbestos inspection / asbestos survey typically ranges between $750 and $1,500, depending on the number of suspected materials that need to be tested.
How long does it take to test for asbestos?
The length of time to conduct an asbestos inspection / asbestos survey depends on the size of the structure and also on the number of suspected asbestos containing building material (ACBM) that need to be sampled. Typically, the collection of samples takes about 1.5 hours. The asbestos survey report is typically completed and emailed to the client within 3 – 5 business days.
Do they check for asbestos in a home inspection?
Being a certified home inspector does not qualify that person as an EPA certified asbestos building inspector. A separate certification is required to collect asbestos samples.
How do you test for asbestos in your home?
Because asbestos fibers are so tiny and cannot be seen with the naked eye, you cannot determine whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it. Bulk samples have to be collected and sent to an accredited lab for analysis by Polarized Light Microscopy. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website states that “a professional should take the samples for analysis, since a professional knows what to look for, and because there may be an increased health risk if fibers are released. In fact, if done incorrectly, sampling can be more hazardous than leaving the material alone. Taking samples yourself is not recommended.”
Can you see asbestos fibers in the air?
No, asbestos fibers are so tiny you cannot see asbestos fibers in the air. Asbestos fibers are released into the air when asbestos materials are disturbed, damaged or removed unsafely.
How long do asbestos fibers remain in the air?
Asbestos fibers are very tiny and lightweight, so they can float in the air for 48 – 72 hours. In a room that has moving air, asbestos fibers can float in the air much longer. When asbestos fibers are floating in the air, they can be inhaled and pose serious health issues.
What year was asbestos used in homes?
Many homes built between 1930 and 1980 contain asbestos materials, such as roofing shingles, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, rolled flooring, drywall, siding, insulation, cement products and textured surfaces such as popcorn ceilings. However, since many of our building materials come from overseas, homes built since 1980 may also contain asbestos.
What is friable asbestos? What is non-friable asbestos?
Friable asbestos is any material containing more than 1% asbestos that may be crumbled by hand pressure. Conversely, non-friable asbestos is any material containing 1% asbestos that cannot be crumbled by hand pressure. Friable asbestos is more dangerous than non-friable asbestos because the friable asbestos fibers are more likely to become airborne if disturbed. Examples of friable asbestos are 1) some types of popcorn ceiling, and 2) deteriorating building material that contain asbestos fibers. Examples of non-friable asbestos are intact vinyl floor tile and mastic (glue). If not disturbed, the floor tiles will not release asbestos fibers into the air. However, if you saw, drill, or sand the tiles, asbestos fibers will be released into the air.

Certifications/Licenses

• Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE)
American Council For Accredited Certification
Certificate #02324

• Florida Licensed Mold Assessor
License #MRSA28

• AHERA Asbestos Facility Inspector
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Certificate #AA1011171R06
ID #9775

• OSHA 40 Hour Hazardous Material/Waste:
Health & Safety
29 CFR 1910.120

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Phone: 386-679-7326
chuck@cflenvironmental.com

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Phone: 386-679-7326
chuck@cflenvironmental.com

      

Certifications/Licenses

• Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE)
American Council For Accredited Certification
Certificate #02324

• Florida Licensed Mold Assessor
License #MRSA28

• AHERA Asbestos Facility Inspector
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Certificate #AA1011171R06
ID #9775

• OSHA 40 Hour Hazardous Material/Waste:
Health & Safety
29 CFR 1910.120