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!

When Mold Sampling is Necessary, Contact the Experts at PEL Labs!

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