New Jersey Asbestos Testing and Inspection

New Jersey Asbestos Testing & Inspection

Did you know asbestos can be in many components in your home or business? Some items you might know about, but others you might not. For example, vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral; however, it might contain asbestos. Since it’s used in various ways,it’s found in a number of items from potting soil to attic insulation. That’s why asbestos testing is so important. More well-known places you could have asbestos include:

  • Blown-in attic insulation
  • Roofing materials
  • HVAC duct insulation
  • Siding material
  • Pipe Insulation
  • Vinyl floor tiles (most 9’ X 9’ tiles; some 12’ X 12’)
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However, it might also be found some products you haven’t considered like:

  • Window caulking or glazing
  • Corrugated heavy duty panels
  • Tile Glue (also called “mastic”)
  • Some linoleums
  • Plaster
  • Joint Compound
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Being around it can have serious health effects that include asbestosis (lung scar tissue), pleural plaques (a thickening in the chest cavity that impairs lung function), lung cancer and mesothelioma. One of the largest dangers is you can’t always see it. Asbestos fibers can be too small for the human eye to detect. That’s why having expert asbestos inspectors do your testing and inspection is imperative. There are two kinds of samples used – one is bulk samples that uses Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and/or Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) to uncover if there are asbestos materials in your home or office. The second sample used is air samples. These samples also use a TEM in addition to a Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM). They check the air quality to make sure asbestos fibers are no longer an issue in your structure. Plus, if you plan to demolish a home, NJ law requires you do pre-demolition asbestos testing with a trusted vendor – not just for your safety (and those around your job site), but also for legality sake.

How can you find out if there’s a danger at your location? Having a New Jersey asbestos inspector certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a great place to start. So if you live in locations like Camden County, Marlboro, Middletown, Newark, Jersey City or any of the cities/towns throughout the state of New Jersey, contact us today at AAA Lead Pros.