Asbestos Testing and Surveying

Asbestos Testing Why Test for Asbestos? Until the early 1980s, asbestos was very common in a number of construction materials, some of which still remain in both residential and commercial buildings. Unfortunately, materials containing asbestos cannot be reliably identified by simple visual inspection unless they are clearly labeled. The asbestos content of these building materials […] more

What Does Asbestos Look Like?

With the health risks associated with asbestos fibers, many people ask the question, “What does asbestos look like?”  Unfortunately, the appearance of the mineral is usually altered so much during processing that simple visual identification is difficult, if not impossible. What Natural Asbestos Fibers Look like The term asbestos actually refers to a group of […] more

Asbestos In Linoleum

It is common to find asbestos in linoleum flooring that was manufactured throughout the 1960s, 70s, and early 80s.  The high tensile strength of asbestos fibers adds significantly to the strength and durability of finished linoleum at a low cost, which made it a very popular choice.  Of course, the health risks of using asbestos […] more

Asbestos In Drywall

From the late 1950s through the 1980s, manufacturers of building materials sometimes incorporated asbestos in drywall to strengthen the sheets, aid in sound absorption, and improve fire resistance.  This practice was abandoned following the 1980s, but a large portion of the building materials used during construction during that time period now pose potential health risks. […] more

Asbestos In Plaster

Prior to the advent of environmental protection laws restricting the use of asbestos in common building materials, builders sometimes incorporated asbestos in plaster to achieve a number of desirable effects.  Some of these benefits include fire resistance, increased material strength, and improved sound absorption.  The most common use of asbestos in plaster in the United […] more