We receive lots of calls from people wondering if they can bring in a sample of material to check for asbestos.
To collect a quality sample, several things must be taken into account:
- First and foremost, don’t disturb the material any more than necessary and please wear a mask.
- Asbestos forms “hot” and “cold” spots in insulation, or in other words, there are areas with high and low asbestos levels. To collect a good, representative sample, it is necessary to take small portions of insulation from different spots and combine them into one sample.
- Asbestos crystals are heavier than vermiculite flakes. With time, asbestos sinks closer to the bottom of the insulation layer. To ensure that your sample is unbiased, try to reach the bottom of the insulation layer and take your samples from there
- The laboratory needs 20-40 g of vermiculite (about a size of a full coffee cup) for asbestos analysis.
When your sample is collected, please place the sample into a Ziploc bag and seal it tight. Wipe down the baggie with soap and water Place the sample bag into another bag for extra protection. Label each sample individually. After securing the sample, mail, courier or bring the sample to got mold? and we can save you 25% for your sampling service.
If you do not feel comfortable collecting your own sample we have trained professionals on-staff who can assist in collecting the materials needed to sample. This can save you from possible contamination and disrupting any materials in the home.
Recently OH&S has started giving out warnings that some asbestos is being found in buildings built in 1995 or even later. Have your home inspected before continuing any renovations or beginning any renovations.
To learn more about our Asbestos Testings & Sampling services click here. If you’d like to get in touch with us about having a sample tested or collected, fill out the form to the right.