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The health problems that asbestos can cause are myriad and serious. This is why the EPA banned many construction products that contain it in 1978. However, not all asbestos products were included, and thus many are still used today. In addition, buildings that predate the ban almost certainly contain asbestos.

Because asbestos is so common and so dangerous, the law requires state-certified asbestos consultants like those here at Environmental Inspections + Solutions to conduct an asbestos inspection before work that may disturb or spread asbestos is done on a building. This is especially vital for buildings built before the ban, including more than 2 in 3 homes in San Jose’s Santa Clara County, but still important for more recent structures.

For the health of anyone living or working in your building, an asbestos inspection is a must.

The fibers that compose the group of minerals known as asbestos, when breathed in or swallowed, lead to cancers and other ailments of the respiratory and digestive systems.

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Asbestos is ubiquitous and dangerous, and so by law any demolition or renovation must treat the building as if there is asbestos until professional inspectors like ours can verify its absence.

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Our inspectors will remove marble sized amounts of any materials that have a chance of being made with asbestos.

Sample of material with asbestos

Because the samples are so small, and because we will take them from less-visible areas, minimal damage will be caused.

Drilling for asbestos sample

The inspection procedure is safe for anyone in the building.

Indoor hallway

Not necessarily. There is anywhere from a 1 in 15 to a 1 in 2 chance that it contains asbestos, depending on the style. The best way to find out is to schedule an inspection so you can be safe.

Popcorn ceiling

There is no way to be sure whether asbestos is present without phase contrast or transmission electron microscopy.

The extent of the inspection and therefore the cost are dependent on the size and construction of your building. Call Environmental Inspections + Solutions and we can give you an estimate.

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No. Inspections for homes generally have a duration of 2-4 hours. A larger commercial building can take longer; contact Environmental Inspections + Solutions for an approximation


We will have the report ready in 2 to 3 business days, and can deliver next day results at additional cost.


The tiny fibers that make up asbestos can be left behind even once the substance that originally contained them is removed.


We cannot under state law remove asbestos because we are asbestos inspection consultants. This rule makes a conflict of interest impossible, and allows inspectors to be unbiased.

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