sampling and testing asbestos

Asbestos fibers can be found in:

  • Steam pipes, boilers, and furnace ducts
  • Resilient floor tiles, vinyl sheet flooring, and adhesives
  • Cement sheets, mill board, and furnace paper
  • Furnace and wood stove door gaskets
  • Soundproofing or decorative material sprayed on walls and ceilings
  • Joint compounds and textured paints
  • Cement roofing, shingles, and siding
  • Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces
  • Fireproof gloves, stove-top pads, ironing board covers
  • Automobile brake pads and linings, clutch facings, and gaskets

Other Asbestos Facts

Asbestos Is a Carcinogen!

Asbestos is a carcinogen, and exposure can result in serious or fatal respiratory diseases, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos was commonly used in thermal insulation, floor tiles, joint compound and mastic, outdoor shingles, and other building materials. When asbestos containing materials become damaged or disturbed, the fibers separate and become airborne and inhaled into the lungs. These fibers can only be identified by PLM microscopy in a certified, licensed laboratory.