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).
You can perform an internet search for “asbestos contractor” and the location of your home. Contact your state to determine what state training and accreditation requirements may exist for both the contractor and their workers. EPA recommends that you use an asbestos contractor that is properly trained to handle asbestos. New Jersey’s Department of Labor has a webpage for this which you can access by clicking here.
If you have vermiculite insulation in your home, you should assume this material may be contaminated with asbestos and be aware of steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from exposure to asbestos. The EPA recommends that vermiculite insulation be left undisturbed. Airborne asbestos fibers present a health risk through inhalation, so the first step is to not disturb the material, which could release fibers into the air. The degree of health risk depends on how much and how often this occurred. If you choose to remove the vermiculite insulation, this work should be done by a trained and accredited asbestos abatement contractor that is separate and independent from the company that performed the assessment of the vermiculite insulation to avoid any conflict of interest.
Removal of the vermiculite insulation may not be necessary if it will be left undisturbed. If you choose to have the vermiculite insulation removed, the EPA recommends that you use a trained and accredited asbestos contractor that is separate and independent from the company that performed the assessment of the vermiculite insulation to avoid any conflict of interest.
We, Done Right Testing, can perform this service for you. Give us a call. Alternatively, you can perform an internet search for “asbestos inspection” or “asbestos material testing” or “asbestos testing” and the location of your home. Also, make sure that the inspector is properly trained and accredited by your state.
Anyone that performs work in homes or child-occupied facilities built before 1978 that disturbs paint must be certified by the EPA. However, they are not always required to test for lead paint before they begin work (sources one and two [page 6, question 23002-32338]).
In our experience very few do any proactive testing, or when they do, the testing is insufficient. If you request that the contractor test first, they must test all surfaces that will be effected (EPA source). Cost and concern for losing the job due to a higher bid are the primary causes we have encountered for lack of testing. The cost of properly testing depending on size of the area can become expensive. Additionally, if lead paint is found, only a company licensed to do lead paint abatement may do so, and often this can result in loss of all or some of the work that contractor was seeking to secure.
We recommend that you bring in an independent testing company such as Done Right Testing to perform the lead paint testing prior to having bids submitted for work. This will ensure unbiased results and appropriate bid submission.
If your paint is in good shape and undisturbed, it does not pose a risk to your health. However, if it is compromised and dust is released, this can be harmful. Paint chips are especially harmful if consumed, especially by children. For children, lead exposure can cause irreversible brain damage hindering development. In higher exposure levels, human beings can experience kidney and nervous system damage. In extreme cases, death and seizures can happen.
The Mayo Clinic has more information on this which is available by clicking here.
There are different variables that contribute to defining how many samples will be taken, such as square footage, locations, and color of paint. Not all old paint has lead in it, even if it was applied at the same time.
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. These products can be found in hobby and building materials as well as household products (more information available from the US National Library of Health here) Motor vehicles and vessels emit volatile organic compounds which in turn can generate smog. Chemical use and combustion, wood burning for example, also produce VOCs. When VOCs like those that exhaust from our car combine with nitrogen oxides in the air they form smog.
Exposure to VOCs can have both short-term and long-term health effects on your health.
You can learn more about the effects of volatile organic compounds by clicking here.
If you think you may be experiencing a health impact from exposure, please consult with your primary care physician for further guidance.
They can come from a multitude of different places. For example, some of these places are solvents, paints, adhesives, cleaners, disinfectants, air fresheners, cigarettes, cooking, building materials, sewer gas, from a vehicle, and permeation into the home from the outdoors.
We mostly perform testing for VOCs using a TO-15 Canister as displayed in the VOCs Service section of our website. Most of the time, the canister will be left in the affected area for 24hrs to collect the sample.
We will provide you a full copy of the test results and the relevant reference material about each item on the results. Our tests should be used as part of your research.
If you think you may be experiencing a health impact from exposure to something in the results, please consult with your primary care physician for further guidance.
This answer is largely predicated on what the test results show. There are options that range from simply opening windows in the home and creating a cross-breeze, ventilating the home with equipment, air purifiers, discontinuing use of products that may be contributing to elevated levels, removing problematic building materials such as flooring, flooring adhesive, drywall, correcting drain issues, and addressing inadequate ventilation in the home.
The proper course of remediating VOCs should be determined by a professional.
Our rates for service vary depending on the scope of job and the types of testing required. Our services start at $325.
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Depending on the day, we often can provide same day service calls during business hours. Most days, we are able to provide next business day service.
What sets Done Right Testing apart from other testing companies is our ability to get on site quickly to collect our samples. We pride ourselves on offering same or next business day turnaround on most jobs.
Done Right Testing has no conflict of interests as we only provide testing services and do not try to sell you remediation services. You can be sure that you are getting unbiased, honest testing results that you can save you money.
We employ experienced IICRC technicians to ensure mold scopes meet the standard of work you should have followed to safely take care of your home. Rest assured that tests are performed by qualified technicians only.
Same Day Service is available to North and Central New Jersey. Offering services to Southern New Jersey by appointment only. Our lab performs next day turnaround for our samples which allows us to get results to you within 48 hours of our visit to your location.
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