Asbestos Testing & Removal

ASBESTOS TESTING

It’s a pain for you and it’s a pain for us, but unfortunately, it’s the law. If you are thinking about tearing out that dated tile and putting in something fresh and contemporary, or ditching that ugly vinyl for a sleek new plank-style floor, don’t be surprised if you are told you need an asbestos test. It is an additional cost and hassle, but it is intended to create a healthier home for you and a safer jobsite for the installers.

In 2015, Colorado implemented a policy that stipulates, regardless of the age of the building, if more than an allowable square footage of material is being torn out, then an asbestos test is required. This is a statewide policy, so any store or contractor operating by the books will require this. Below are the parameters outlined by the state of Colorado that we must abide by.

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SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL

Single Family Residential Dwellings (SFRD) – the trigger levels are: 50 linear feet on pipes; 32 square feet on other surfaces; or the volume equivalent of a 55-gallon drum.

public & commercial buildings

Public and Commercial Buildings (other than SFRDs) – the trigger levels are: 260 linear feet on pipes, 160 square feet on other surfaces, or the volume equivalent of a 55-gallon drum.

ANY WAY TO AVOID AN ASBESTOS TEST?

There are a couple ways to avoid an asbestos test that remains within the bounds of the law. Unless carpet is glued down, a test is not required. Standard carpet is stretched in and does not have any adhesive, so no asbestos containing material is used. However, any material that is adhered (tile, vinyl, LVT, etc.) requires testing before removal. The test is only required if the potentially asbestos contaminated material is disturbed (i.e., removed); therefore, if we leave the material and install over it, a test is not required. Only certain material can be installed over, and even at that, it can be circumstantial.

If an existing vinyl is still stuck strong to the ground, we can install the new vinyl material over the existing surface and avoid removing the old product entirely. Even if the vinyl isn’t secured, the best we can consider is installing a new layer of underlayment over the top and then installing the new vinyl, although the thickness of the floor would increase with this method. One of the simplest solutions is to go over the potentially hazardous material with a floating floor so that nothing is disturbed. Many of the new rigid core floating floors are even rated to go over existing tile.

These are the best methods of avoiding testing, although in some cases, testing is unavoidable. We hope this article answers your questions concerning asbestos testing, raised awareness for the necessity of asbestos testing, and perhaps helps you avoid the problem altogether.

We ask that our customers schedule (and pay directly) your asbestos inspection directly. For this service, Floor Craft recommends Asbestos Testing & Consulting.

 

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