Asbestos Consulting

Asbestos Testing

Pacific IAQ is the North Bay’s leader in low-cost asbestos consulting.

Pacific IAQ helps building owners, insurance companies, remediation contractors, and property managers meet their regulatory requirements, prior to restoration of a fire or water damaged structure, by collecting and analyzing samples of suspect material.

We provide the information that will keep our clients in compliance with state and federal asbestos regulations, and keep the building occupants and abatement workers safe and healthy.

Unlike mold, asbestos is a federally regulated material, and regulations require building owners to have suspect materials sampled for asbestos prior to renovation or construction activities which might disrupt the matrix of the material.

Asbestos is a collective term for a group of naturally occurring minerals mined primarily in Canada, Russia, South Africa, and the U.S.

Asbestos was widely used in construction materials because it was readily available, inexpensive, and because of its unique properties; it doesn’t burn, it has high tensile strength, it’s a poor conductor of heat and electricity, its virtually impervious to chemical corrosion, and it’s strong fibers are a good binder for mastics, concrete, and surfacing materials.

It would be the perfect product for building materials if it weren’t for one thing… exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. All of which have a latency period of 10 to 40 years and are generally considered terminal illnesses.

While the use of asbestos was significantly restricted in the late 1970’s, it was used in over 3000 products for decades and can still be found in some products sold today.

 

Common building materials that contain asbestos include:

  • Pipe insulation
  • Wall and ceiling insulation
  • Wall surface texture
  • Acoustic ceiling texture
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Vinyl sheet flooring
  • Mastics and adhesives
  • Tape/joint compound
  • Drywall Siding
  • Roof shingles
  • Roofing felt

At the request of the client Pacific IAQ can provide asbestos sampling of materials that may be disturbed during a renovation, detailed abatement specifications, project design, project monitoring, post-abatement verification sampling, and AHERA surveys.