Indoor Air Quality Experts Dedicated to Detecting Asbestos

Despite being a naturally occurring mineral fiber, asbestos is a dangerous material, especially with prolonged exposure. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers can have long-term impacts on your lungs.

The U.S. EPA classifies asbestos as a carcinogen due to its ability to increase the chances of contracting asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Smokers who are exposed to high levels of asbestos have a much greater risk of developing lung cancer than nonsmokers exposed to the same level.

This dangerous fiber isn’t as rare as you would expect. In fact, it’s used in many products. You can find asbestos in insulation, fire protection items and structural components of buildings. Wondering exactly what building materials are asbestos-containing? It could be a good time to do environmental testing of items such as vinyl flooring, mastics, duct insulation and wrapping, pipe insulation, siding, roofing, drywall and joint compound, and plaster and skim coat.

Commonwealth Environmental Associates has certified asbestos inspectors to assist you with your full range of asbestos testing and consulting. If asbestos is found during an investigation, CEA can provide the consulting services required to help you appropriately and cost effectively address the situation.

How Does Asbestos Testing Work?

There are a number of items that could be causing asbestos fibers to enter your indoor air. In order to test your environment effectively, Commonwealth Environmental Associates identifies all of the potential items in your home or commercial property that could contain asbestos. Our experienced team relies on our knowledge of asbestos carrying brands and products.

From there, your environmental services technician collects small samples for lab testing.

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You may have heard of generalized statements about asbestos such as cutoff dates for when asbestos would become unlikely to be in your building. However, you could head to your local home improvement store today and load up a cart full of asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos manufacturing was outlawed in the U.S. in 1989. That did not make it illegal to import or use, which means it still lines the shelves and can exist in your home or business.

While chances of asbestos exposure are lower now than prior to manufacturing bans, the probability is never 0%. The only way to know for certain is to conduct an asbestos inspection and send samples off for laboratory testing.

That’s where Commonwealth Environmental Associates comes in. Our professional asbestos testing company works in Virginia and along the east coast to provide detailed reports of asbestos-containing component and remediation advice. CEA will help you decide between asbestos abatement and management. Abatement includes full asbestos removal and management could be covering or encapsulating an area. It can also include specific cleaning practices or preventing people from accessing a space where asbestos might be in the air.

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East Coast Asbestos Testing Services

Commonwealth Environmental Associates is a Virginia-based environmental services company with a wide-range of commercial and residential consulting capabilities. 

While our team is based in Richmond, VA, we also serve commercial properties across eastern states including: 

  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania 
  • Delaware
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Ohio

CEA serves all Virginia cities. Specific areas that are easily accessible for our environmental professionals to offer residential services include: 

  • Richmond, VA
  • Harrisonburg, VA
  • Lexington, VA
  • Staunton, VA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Fredericksburg, VA 
  • Lynchburg, VA 

Know Your Asbestos Testing Requirements

When it comes to determining your environmental testing needs it can be hard to know where to start. Commercial properties in Virginia and across the U.S. are required by OSHA to undergo asbestos testing before any and all building renovations or demolitions. This helps keep everyone working in the building safe from exposure and poor air quality. Commercial properties that keep up with asbestos are able to stay government compliant, prevent lawsuits and seamlessly move through real estate transactions.

Residential homeowners need testing for renovation preparation or home purchasing, especially in older homes.

Unsure if you should be looking for asbestos? Call CEA today for a free environmental services consultation.

Call for Thorough Environmental Testing Based in Richmond, VA

Erase your asbestos worries and put your air quality concerns in the hands of a professional testing company. CEA offers exceptionally in-depth inspections that put your safety and compliance first. Call us today to find out how our asbestos testing experts can help examine your property today.