Asbestos Testing Company in Westlake Villiage
American Environmental Group brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our clients who are dealing with indoor air quality issues and hazardous materials. We have conducted thousands of asbestos surveys for both residential and commercial buildings and offer a wide range of services including, but not limited to, bulk sampling, air sampling, and personal monitoring, air monitoring, air clearances, project design, and hazardous materials management. We also prepare and update Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plans to identify and characterize the hazardous conditions of commercial buildings.
Developing Asbestos Solutions for Your Building
Our goal at American Environmental Group is to provide the highest quality asbestos surveys at fair prices to every one of our clients. We exclusively utilize NAVLAB-accredited laboratories that are compliant with ISO 17025 standards (general requirements for the compliance of calibration and testing laboratories).
Our asbestos survey company in Westlake Villiage has successfully completed projects for various types of clients including:
- Los Angeles Unified School District
- U.S. Navy
- State of California Real Estate Services Division
- Regional and state hospitals
- Government industries
- Home developers
- Property management companies
- Insurance carriers
The Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos is a common name for a series of six different fibrous minerals that were commonly used in buildings for years due to their ability to resist heat, fire, and electricity. While these fibers are microscopically small and extremely strong, they have also been found to have extremely detrimental health effects. These small fibers can be released into the air, where they are inhaled into your lungs, creating scar tissue that causes health problems, such as mesothelioma. While modern buildings are constructed using asbestos-free materials, older buildings may still have these materials present, and those materials could be causing a serious problem with your indoor air quality.
Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos Surveys
How do you know if there is asbestos in the building materials on my property (such as floor tile/mastic, ceiling tile, roofing, wallboard, stucco, plaster, etc.)?
Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly easy. By nature, asbestos is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, which means it can be hard to detect when fibers are simply floating around in thin air. At AEG, we take an air sample and have it analyzed at a NAVLAB-certified laboratory. The EPA recommends that you perform an asbestos assessment on any materials you suspect of containing asbestos if they are damaged or if you are planning on doing work that would otherwise disturb the material.
When remodeling or repairing a property, should you be concerned about asbestos in the building materials?
Figuring out if your home, office, or other building contains asbestos isn’t possible just by looking at it with your eyes—asbestos and asbestos-free materials often look exactly the same, and even trained experts can’t always tell them apart. If you suspect that the building in question contains asbestos materials, the EPA recommends that you have the property sampled by a Certified Asbestos Consultant. At American Environmental Group, we can provide this service as well as recommend a solution for effectively eliminating asbestos-containing materials.
What are the health risks if I have asbestos in my home, building, office, or school?
A common misconception is that the mere presence of asbestos is harmful. In fact, asbestos-containing materials that are left undisturbed and in good condition are unlikely to present any form of a significant health risk. The risk doesn’t emerge until these materials are damaged or disturbed, at which point the material releases these fibers into the air where they can be breathed in. However, just because your property has an asbestos-containing material doesn’t necessarily mean you’re at risk for poor health or serious conditions like mesothelioma. In any case, it’s best to have these materials removed in order to ensure that your property remains safe.
What is Expected of a Certified Asbestos Consultant?
A certified asbestos consultant is responsible for ensuring that the asbestos in a building or structure is properly removed, handled, and disposed of.
The certified asbestos consultant must be trained in how to identify asbestos, test for it, qualify it as safe for removal and disposal, supervise its removal and disposal, ensure that all required safety precautions are followed during this process, and oversee the entire project from start to finish.
Do you need an Asbestos Consultation? Call American Environmental Group today at (818) 865-7901 and find out more about our asbestos surveys in Westlake Village.