Monday, November 18, 2019

Quality & Brand Presence Speak Volumes

asbestos laboratory Ann ArborAre you having a hard time finding a reputable asbestos laboratory?

Do you need results quickly? 

Don’t want to waste your valuable time and money on a company that will give you less than excellent service?

Like many businesses with a significant online presence, it’s good practice to look at the quality of the lab’s website. If the website and branding looks unprofessional, it’s possible the company hasn’t invested in their website, equipment, or employees.  

Do they have 4 and 5-star reviews? Are they highly recommended? A lab with a reputation for excellence means you’ll get the best service possible when it comes to testing and providing accurate and affordable results.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

How to Find a Reputable Asbestos Laboratory

asbestos laboratory ann arborIs the laboratory accredited under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP)?  

The NVLAP Asbestos Fiber Analysis program provides assurance that laboratories are competent to analyze asbestos samples using polarized light microscopy (PLM) and/or transmission electron microscopy (TEM). 

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bulk Sampling: Another Form of Mold Collection

Bulk sampling collects a destructive test of materials, such as pieces of building materials and carpet segments, and determines if they contain or show mold growth. A small portion of the material is collected that can be transported and handled easily by the laboratory (a 2” x 2” square piece is more than enough). The sample can be cultured for species identification or analyzed using direct microscopy for genus identification.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Air Sampling: The Most Common Type of Mold Collection

Air Sampling – the most common sample type for studying indoor air environments—can involve ‘viable’ or ‘non-viable’ methods.
  • Viable method: Spores are collected using an agar impaction plate—they must be alive at the time of testing so they can grow and be analyzed.
  • Non-viable method: Spores are collected using an air-o-cell cassette or allergenco-D cassette. Both alive (viable) and dead (non-viable) mold spores are identified after analysis.
  • Time duration: Time for sampling is set to prevent cassettes from overloading and to disperse air spores completely. Outdoor environments with no visible dust are sampled for ten minutes, indoor environments (with individuals present & moderate activity) for five minutes, and extremely dusty environments (ex. drywall renovation) for one minute—at the least.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Detective Work with Asbestos Samples

Once a building material we've received is placed under the stereoscope for viewing, the analyst attempts to locate fibers in the matrix and pull them out with forceps. This is possible, and even plausible for certain kinds of materials: sheet vinyl, Transite, and popcorn ceiling (aka acoustic ceiling) textures. But, it’s nearly impossible for other types of materials like mastics, joint compounds, paint, and floor tiles. If the material allows the analyst to pull fibers, then the detective work is short lived. If fibers are potentially bound into the matrix of the material, then other methods are employed to break apart the matrix.

Learn more about our process here!

Watch our process for asbestos samples in the video below!

Quality & Brand Presence Speak Volumes

Are you having a hard time finding a reputable asbestos laboratory? Do you need results quickly?  Don’t want to waste your valuable...