Frequently Asked Questions
We have been doing this for very long time! These are some of the questions we get asked the most:
1 Which factors influence the cost of hazardous materials testing, (ex. asbestos, mold, and lead)?
The size of the property: Greater property sizes usually mean a wider variety of materials to be tested. As with an air quality test, several different samples must be taken and analyzed, which increases the cost.
Location: Depending on the company you hire, travel to remote locations may incur higher costs.
Condition of the property: Depending on whether or not access to areas on the property is difficult or easy will aslo influence the price of inspection.
Further Testing: If your property undergoes abatement, you will need to do follow-up testing to ensure the property is within compliance. This post-inspection can run between $200 and $400 dollars, once again, depending on the size.
2 How do I know if I have asbestos in my home (in floor tile, ceiling tile, shingles, siding, etc.)?
The only way to be sure whether a material contains asbestos is to have it tested by a qualified laboratory. EPA only recommends testing suspect materials if they are damaged (fraying, crumbling) or if you are planning a renovation that would disturb the suspect material. Samples should be taken by a properly trained and accredited asbestos professional (inspector).
Call Apex Environmental Consultants at 725.221.5286 to speak with one of our friendly client representatives today to discuss which testing will be right for you.
3 Where can I find someone to test a material to see if it contains asbestos?
Call Apex Environmental Consultants at 725.221.5286 to speak with one of our properly trained and accredited client representatives today to discuss which testing will be right for you.
4 I'm remodeling my home. Do I need to be concerned about asbestos in the building materials?
It’s not possible for you to tell whether a material in your home contains asbestos simply by looking at it. If you suspect a material within your home might contain asbestos (for example floor tile, ceiling tile or old pipe wrap) and the material is damaged (fraying or falling apart) or if you are planning on performing a renovation that would disturb the material, the EPA recommends that you have it sampled by a properly trained and accredited asbestos professional (inspector). The professional then should use a qualified laboratory to perform the asbestos analysis. Call Apex Environmental Consultants at 725.221.5286 to speak with one of our properly trained and accredited asbestos professional (inspector) client representatives today to discuss which testing will be right for you.
5 What kind of information do I need to provide to an abatement team to bid my project?
If you do not have a survey for your commercial project, you must treat all material as hazardous. Contractors should have a survey to provide to their abatement bidders, but that’s not enough. Contractors need to specify what material they want removed in the project. Call Apex Environmental Consultants at 725.221.5286.
6 I'm remodeling my home. Do I need to be concerned about asbestos in the building materials?
In most cases, you only need to remove material that you will be disturbing during the project. This is why you should Call Apex Environmental Consultants at 725.221.5286 to provide a complete specification and outline the scope of the project to your abatement bidders so that we can give you the most accurate quote.
7 Does dry wall or sheet rock contain asbestos?
There is no way to know whether these materials contain asbestos without having them tested. If you are concerned those materials in your home may contain asbestos and the materials are damaged (frayed, falling apart) or if you are performing a renovation that will disturb the material, consult with a state accredited asbestos assessment/inspection firm. Call Apex Environmental Consultants at 725.221.5286 to speak with one of our friendly client representatives today to discuss which testing will be right for you.
8 My home was built after the 1980's, there's probably no asbestos in anything right?
This is a major myth about asbestos. Contrary to popular belief, asbestos has never been banned in the United States. While Congress has made several attempts to ban asbestos in construction material, none of them have succeed. Asbestos has been banned from certain products, such as paper and insulation. But it is still present in a considerable amount of construction material. Call Apex Environmental Consultants at 725.221.5286 to speak with one of our friendly client representatives today to discuss which testing will be right for you.
9 Is asbestos present in less than 10till hazardous?
Yes. Like most testing companies, Apex Environmental Consultants use a method known as “bulk sampling” to take initial asbestos tests. Bulk sampling (also known as PLM sampling) is limited in that it cannot detect asbestos in amounts smaller than 1%. In these cases, testing results will show “<1%" to indicate that asbestos is present but in small amounts. However, OSHA still considers <1% hazardous, meaning it must be handled by certified asbestos workers using the correct means and methods.
10 Since asbestos was banned, do I need to be worried about products on the market today containing asbestos?
On July 12, 1989, the EPA issued a final rule under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) banning most asbestos-containing products in the United States. In 1991, the rule was vacated and remanded by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a result, most of the original ban on the manufacture, importation, processing, or distribution in commerce for most of the asbestos-containing product categories originally covered in the 1989 final rule was overturned. Only the bans on corrugated paper, wallboard, commercial paper, specialty paper, and flooring felt and any new uses of asbestos remained banned under the 1989 rule. Although most asbestos containing products can still legally be manufactured, imported, processed and distributed in the U.S., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the production and use of asbestos has declined significantly.
11 What are the health risks if I have asbestos in my home, building, apartment, or school?
Asbestos that is in good condition and left undisturbed is unlikely to present a health risk. The risks from asbestos occur when it is damaged or disturbed where asbestos fibers become airborne and can be inhaled. Managing asbestos in place and maintaining it in good repair is often the best approach. Call Apex Environmental Consultants at 725.221.5286 to speak with one of our friendly client representatives today.
12 How do I find out if my child’s school has asbestos in it?
The Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools Rule, pursuant to the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires schools to make their asbestos management plans available to the public, including parents, within 5 working days of the request. The asbestos management plan should discuss the location and type of asbestos-containing materials and any preventive measures or response actions taken in your child’s school. You can also contact the school’s AHERA Designated Person directly for more information, or if you have specific questions about asbestos in your child’s school. The AHERA Designated Person’s name and contact information appears in the management plan or you may Call Apex Environmental Consultants at 725.221.5286 to speak with one of our friendly client representatives today.