Asbestos Testing Services Portland, OR
Are you planning a demolition or renovation in the Vancouver or Portland metro area? Whether you’re a contractor working on a residential or commercial property or a homeowner embarking on a residential DIY remodeling project, an asbestos survey can make the difference between finishing your project on schedule or experiencing thousands of dollars in cost overruns and delays.
Why? Because construction debris containing over 1% asbestos by weight can’t be disposed of at a Portland Metro transfer station. Any commercial waste hauler or landfill will require laboratory documentation of the load’s contents. Materials containing more than 1% asbestos must be safely removed and disposed of by a process known as abatement.
By testing for asbestos early on, you’ll know exactly what challenges you’re potentially facing and can be more prepared to take the proper safety precautions and budget for your project accordingly.
Our Asbestos Testing Services Are…
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At EnviroTest, we’re proud to provide fast, accurate, and reliable asbestos testing services. With over 20 years of local construction experience, we’ve become the trusted inspection service for the some of the largest companies in the area. However, we provide the same high-quality service to small and medium size contractors, as well as residential DIY remodelers.
Our certifications include:
- General Contractor, CCB# 180583
- Certified Lead Based Paint Renovation Contractor
- Accredited AHERA (asbestos) Building Inspector
- Member, Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland
- Member, Professional Remodelers Organization
- Member, National Association of the Remodeling Industry
- Member, Oregon Remodelers Association
- Member, American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists
- Member, Northwest Radon Coalition
- Errors and Omissions Insurance
- Pollution Insurance
In addition, we carry both Errors & Omissions and Pollution Insurance policies.
The most important thing was your knowledge which enabled us to solve the problem ourselves. The most vital information we got from you was the fact that in old houses like ours (built in 1937) asbestos containing tape was frequently used to seal duct work. Then, with your guidance, we encapsulated the tape, eliminating any further distribution of fibers throughout our home.
Asbestos Testing FAQ
1. When did asbestos become illegal?
Contrary to popular belief, asbestos is still legal to use in construction materials. In 1989, the EPA announced that it would phase out the use of asbestos in almost all products in the U.S. In 1991, under pressure from the asbestos industry, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the EPA’s ban. In fairness, the manufacturing industry has dramatically reduced the use of asbestos in building materials. This reduction is likely due in great part to the large number of asbestos-related illness lawsuits.
2. Which homes are most likely to contain asbestos?
The greatest likelihood for finding ACM (asbestos containing materials) in residential structures is in homes built or remodeled during the period 1940 to 1980. However, we do find asbestos in older homes as well as some that are much newer.
3. Where is asbestos found?
Generally speaking we will take samples from flooring, walls, siding, ceilings, roofing, insulation, and any other potentially asbestos containing materials.
4. Is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos, when left undisturbed, is generally harmless. Danger arises, however, when asbestos is disturbed and becomes friable (can be powdered by hand) and can be inhaled into the lungs, potentially causing serious health problems.
5. What, specifically do the DEQ, L&I, and Metro require when it comes to asbestos testing?
Generally speaking, both the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries require a sample of each type of material suspected to contain asbestos to be collected and analyzed before any demolition or renovation activity.
Metro updates its asbestos-testing requirement requirements frequently. At EnviroTest, we stay in close contact with Metro and always have the most up-to-date information available. You can read the current requirements and regulations here.
Using EnviroTest to conduct your asbestos survey ensures that all required and suspect materials will be sampled, tested, and the results will be available for the transfer station bay spotter.
6. How long does an asbestos test take?
On most properties, we can perform our inspection and take samples in less than two hours. If timing is critical and we can deliver your sample to our contracted lab by 1 PM, we can usually get the results that very same day!
7. What other testing services do you offer?
We also offer lead-based paint testing for both commercial and residential properties.