Colorado Environmental Testing | Asbestos and Lead Testing

Colorado’s Choice for Asbestos Testing

There are over 3,000 building products and other items that contain asbestos. The only way to determine if a material is asbestos-containing is to have that material sampled by a certified asbestos testing agency like Fast Response Environmental and analyzed by an accredited asbestos laboratory.

Why is asbestos dangerous?

Asbestos is dangerous because it has the ability to break down into microscopically thin fibers. These fibers are so small they can remain airborne for days after they were initially disturbed. While airborne, individuals can breathe  these fibers in. Since the fibers are so small, they can travel deep into a person’s lungs, where they may eventually lodge in the lung tissue. Once lodged in the lung tissue, these fibers can cause several serious diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis (a scarring of the lung tissue) and mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lung cavity).

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Where can you find Asbestos?

A small list of places you may find it but are not limited to finding Asbestos.

Mechanical Systems and Equipment
Pipe Insulation
(corrugated air-cell, block, etc.)
Tar Paper Wrap on pipe insulation Pipe Fitting Insulation (“Mud”)
Breaching Insulation Boiler Insulation Mud packing between boiler plates
Refractory materials
(boiler liner brick & mortar)
Air Handler Insulation (“Mud”) HVAC Duct Insulation and Seam Sealants
Mastics/coatings on Pipes and Ducts Ductwork Flexible Fabric Connections Taping Compounds (thermal)
Thermal Paper Products Rope Gaskets Flat Gaskets, especially high temperature applications
Heat shields Cooling Towers
(transite siding and louvers)
Cement Pipes, Transite Pipes
Electrical Systems and Equipment
Electric Wiring & Cable Insulation Heat shields in lighting fixtures Electrical Cloth
Electrical Panel Partitions
Elevator Brake Shoes Elevator Equipment Panels Transite Plates between Arc Pads
Asphalt Floor Tile Vinyl Floor Tile Floor Mastic
Linoleum/ Backing Vinyl Sheet Flooring/Backing Other floor backing
Tar paper used as underlayment Grout
Wall and Ceiling Materials
Spray-Applied Insulation Blown-in Insulation Acoustical Plaster
Decorative Plaster Wallboard & Ceiling Board Joint Compounds Spackling Compounds
Textured Paints/Coatings Fire Doors (internal insulation) Packing Materials “Fire Stop”
(for wall/floor penetrations)
Transite panels – walls, ceilings, roofs, siding, pegboard Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels Mastics, Glues, Adhesives
Caulking/Putties Slate Chalkboards Cement Wallboard
Cement Siding Grout
Laboratory Casework & Equipment
Transite interiors in chemical hoods Transite table and counter tops Glues and sealants on casework
Transite sinks Sink undercoatings Transite Drying Racks
Gaskets and Insulation on Ovens Laboratory Oven Mitts
Roofing Materials
Roofing Shingles Roofing Felt Rolled Roofing
Roof Cement and Flashing Built-up roofing (tar) Base Flashing
Tars, Sealants, Coatings
Fireproofing Fire Blankets Fire Curtains


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