Asbestos Assessments

Asbestos is a natural mineral that is extremely durable and resistant to fire, most chemical reactions, and break-down. These properties were the main reason asbestos was used in many commercial and industrial building products.   Asbestos can be present in almost any building material (e.g. floor tile, siding,  drywall systems, roofing materials, etc.).  Building materials other than wood, glass, metal or fiberglass should be tested (or assumed to contain asbestos) prior to removal.  If you are unsure about these rules, we can help. 


The team at IAQ Diagnostics provides asbestos testing and consulting services on projects ranging from home renovations to the demolition of outdated industrial buildings.   IAQ Diagnostics provides these services to general contractors, architects, developers, state and local government agencies, restoration contractors, and homeowners throughout the Midwest.  There is truly no project too big or too small.


IAQ Diagnostics' staff holds the following asbestos certifications:


  • Asbestos Inspector - trained in determining the presence and location of friable and non-friable asbestos containing materials (ACMs)
  • Asbestos Management Planner - trained in developing plans to manage asbestos in a facility and recommend the appropriate course of action for removing ACMs
  • Asbestos Project Designer - trained to plan and design asbestos abatement activities
  • Asbestos Supervisor - trained to oversee asbestos abatement activities and conduct asbestos air sampling

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Lead Assessments

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Any building constructed prior to 1978 is at a greater risk of containing lead-based paint (LBP) or lead-based coatings.  It is important to obtain LBP inspections at these facilities when performing renovation, demolition, or restoration projects.  


Young children are at the greatest risk of lead poisoning; therefore, special precaution should be taken in child occupied buildings (e.g.  residential homes, daycares, schools, etc.).  



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Typically, a lead risk assessment is performed in response to a child who has an elevated blood lead level.   Among other things, a lead risk assessment includes identification of damaged LBP, friction surfaces that contain LPB such as windows and doors, and elevated lead levels in dust. 


IAQ Diagnostics utilizes an x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer to provide non-destructive readings of lead concentrations in painted surfaces and other coatings.  When applicable, paint chip samples may also be gathered.