Asbestos Sampling & Asbestos Testing

At Crucial Environmental we offer a specialist asbestos sampling service, testing any potential asbestos-containing materials that you have at either your residential home or working premises. If you have any reason to believe you might have asbestos on your site, our team can come and take samples that will then be analysed. We have our own in-house laboratory for testing asbestos samples and we also offer asbestos air testing

Our service begins with a site visit where we will carry out a full inspection. We will then take a sample of the material which can then be sent off to a UKAS-accredited laboratory. The lab will analyse the sample to ascertain whether asbestos is present in the material and which type of asbestos it is.

Asbestos Sampling Kits

If you are concerned about any kind of asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACMs) that you believe are on your property, it is natural that you would want to have them checked and analysed as soon as possible. Asbestos sampling kits offer a fast, efficient and safe way to take samples of materials that you believe may be or contain asbestos and get them sent away for testing.

Our asbestos sampling kits can be used by owners of both commercial and residential properties. When samples are taken, they are then sent away to a UKAS-accredited lab for testing. The kits come with personal protection equipment (PPE), easily understandable instructions and return packaging.

The results are ready within 24 to 36 hours of the sample being taken. We will then compile a report with photographic evidence along with the Certificate of Analysis from the lab. This report gives you full details on the asbestos.

Crucial Environmental is one of the UK’s fastest growing asbestos specialists. From our base in West Sussex we carry out work throughout Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and London. From our base in Nottinghamshire we also cover most of the Midlands and the North of England. We bring years of experience and professionalism to every job we work on.

Once we have carried out the sampling for you we can offer a full range of additional services including asbestos removal. Our team would be happy to offer you any advice or guidance on the matter, so please contact us today if you have any issues regarding asbestos in your building.

Pros and Cons of Asbestos Sampling Kits

There are pros and cons for using samplings kits as opposed to having the work carried out by asbestos professionals.

  • Asbestos kits may be a cheaper option – depending on how much sampling you need to do; asbestos sampling kits may be more cost effective than having an asbestos professional come to your property to carry out a survey.
  • No experts on hand – when asbestos professionals carry out a survey they do with years of experience and knowledge behind them. This kind of expertise isn’t present when you carry out an asbestos sampling kit yourself.
  • Level of risk – any time that you interact with asbestos there is going to be some level of risk. Asbestos is at its most dangerous the material is damaged, and fibres can get into the air. For some, the level of risk is too high, and they would simply prefer to have it managed by professionals.
  • Speed – in some cases it may be that you can get a sampling kit to your property faster than an asbestos specialist. If you want to have the testing carried out as soon as possible, this might be a valuable option.

Asbestos Sampling FAQs

Where should I test for asbestos?

Asbestos can be found in many places around residential homes and commercial premises. Some of the most common places to find asbestos include textured wall and ceiling coatings, floor and ceiling tiles, asbestos insulation, guttering and asbestos cement, which is often found in shed and garage roofs.

How is asbestos tested?

To test for asbestos, we visit the site and examine the material. If we believe that it may contain asbestos we will take a sample which will be analysed in a UKAS-accredited laboratory. We usually expect the results within 36 hours of the sample being collected, but it may be possible to expedite the process if necessary.

How can I identify asbestos?

Identifying asbestos yourself is notoriously impossible unless you have specific training and access to testing facilities. Asbestos was commonly used throughout the UK before it was banned in 1999, so if your building was built before then it’s very possible that it contains asbestos. However, you cannot identify asbestos just by looking at it – many materials look similar, and asbestos can also be hidden within other materials such as concrete.

The only way to know for sure if you’ve got asbestos is to have it sampled and tested by asbestos specialists.

What should I do if I think I have asbestos?

If you’re worried that you might have asbestos either in your home or businesses premises, the most important thing you need to do is have the material examined by professionals. In general, if the asbestos is in good condition it should not be a risk and as long as you are unlikely to damage or disturb the material. However, if the asbestos is in poor condition or could easily be damaged, it’s a good idea to get away from its proximity and call in the experts as soon as possible.

Contact Us

If you’re concerned about asbestos-containing materials either in your business or home, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Crucial Environmental today. You can call us on 01903 297818 or email and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.