LOS ANGELES COUNTY – ASBESTOS INSPECTION
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that were commonly used in construction through the late 1970s. When broken or disturbed, asbestos-containing materials release fibers that can cause fatal lung and stomach diseases if inhaled or ingested.
By law, anyone owning or working on a property must presume the presence of asbestos until tested and proven otherwise. A survey is needed before remodeling or demolishing a home, apartment, condo, office, store, or any other type of structure. Such surveys can include scraping sprayed ceiling texture, pulling out vinyl flooring, tearing off an asphalt roof, cutting out stucco, and replacing an old furnace or ducting.
Our California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Certified Asbestos Consultants will provide you with quality asbestos testing at reasonable prices. Our inspection reports provide homeowners and home-buyers with peace of mind, and contractors with guidance for ensuring that their construction work is compliant with Local, State, and Federal agencies.
The Southern California, Bay Area Air Quality Management Districts, CAL OSHA, and local building departments mandate asbestos testing before remodeling or demolition. We provide the testing, reports and general information you will need to follow the AQMD rules and satisfy your local building department requirements.
For remodeling, Environmental Inspection Services tests materials that will be disturbed by the renovation — most commonly interior wall/ceiling plaster, sprayed ceiling texture, ceiling tiles, vinyl floorings and exterior stucco.
For complete demolition we survey all asbestos-containing materials. The above list, plus many more — asphalt roofing, window glaze compound, heat duct and water pipe insulation, firebrick, mortar, and more.
Not very. In order to sample a possible asbestos containing material, we drill out a small hole or collect half a teaspoon of the material.
The number of samples required for a thorough asbestos testing depends on the amount and type of material in the building. Environmental Inspection Services follows federal, state, and local AQMD protocols to determine the number of samples needed. For a more precise estimate of how many samples are needed for your asbestos inspection, give us a call.
Yes. You are safe to stay in your home or building throughout the duration of our asbestos testing.
The cost depends on many factors. Rather than display imprecise cost estimates, we prefer to communicate with you and gather more information about the work you need so we can give you our most accurate pricing.
For an asbestos home inspection, typically 2 to 4 hours. For commercial asbestos testing, the time required depends on the size and layout of the building. Give us a call for a more accurate time estimate.
Los Angeles/Orange County: http://www.aqmd.gov/home/regulations/compliance/asbestos-demolition-removal
San Francisco/Bay Area: http://www.baaqmd.gov/permits/asbestos