Asbestos Testing

Whether you need an ACP-5 for a building permit or simply looking for some Peace-Of-Mind Maypole can help.
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About Asbestos

Asbestos can be found in many different types of building materials.  It is important to know if there are any Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) in your home, office, or school before possibly disturbing it during construction, renovations, or regular day-to-day use.

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What is asbestos used for?


Asbestos is the name given to describe the fibers of six naturally occuring minerals found in metamorphic rock. Its many sought-after characteristics such as high strength and heat resistance combined with its flexibility is why it was used in many building construction materials over the years.




Where is asbestos found?


Due to the many beneficial properties of asbestos, it can be found in a vast array of building materials such as: - Roofing Shingles - Floor Tiles - Cement Products - Textured Paint - Fire Proofing - Siding Shingles - Adhesive / Mastic - Heat-Resistant Fabric - Ceiling Tiles - Paper Products - Insulation - Patching Compounds - Gaskets - Pipe Coatings - Packaging - Clutches & Brakes - Etc.




When is asbestos a potential problem?


Asbestos fibers are most commonly released into the air during various types of construction work. ​It is uncommon to be exposed to asbestos if the material is not being disturbed or damaged. Keep in mind that asbestos fibers travel through the air so the issue does not necessarily have to be in your home or office. Do you have a neighbor who is undergoing construction? Before beginning any sort of construction, renovation, or demolition project it is important, and in many areas a legal requirement, to first conduct an asbestos test.




How can you prevent asbestos exposure?


It is usually difficult to tell if something is asbestos just by looking at it. If you believe it to be asbestos, leave it alone, and have a trained professional come to assess and sample the suspect material(s). Asbestos testing and analysis is the only true way to know whether or not a material contains asbestos. Please see these Do's and Dont's for some additional tips.





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Asbestos Testing In New York

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Maypole has a team of certified Asbestos Inspectors and Investigators with deep experience in testing for Asbestos Containing Material. Wondering if you have asbestos or know that you do and not sure what to do next? We are here to walk you through all of your options.  

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Why should you test for asbestos?


Health issues related to asbestos are almost always due to breathing in the asbestos fibers. Exposure to asbestos can cause various types of lung disease. Such as:
- Lung Cancer - Mesothelioma - Asbestosis
This risk is increased by smoking tobacco products. Generally, the chance of developing asbestos related health issues increases with the amount of exposure and may take many years to develop. As asbestos can be harmful to anyone breathing air contaminated with the fibers, NYC regulations require an asbestos inspection prior to receiving a building permit. An ACP-5 form must be supplied when applying for a building permit. This form states that no asbestos will be disturbed during the course of the demolition, construction, or renovation.




What sampling methods are used?


When sampling for asbestos, a quarter-sized amount of material is taken and placed inside of a bag which is then analyzed by a 3rd party laboratory using Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The microscopy method used is based on the type of material taken, friable vs non-friable. Asbestos poses a health risk when airborne; therefore, when sampling friable materials, that are easily pulverized into the breathable air, it is important that the inspector spray these materials down with water prior to sampling to limit inhalation exposure. Samples are only taken of materials that may contain asbestos, also referred to as ACM (Asbestos Containing Material). For example, materials such as wood, metal, and glass would not contain asbestos and would therefore not need to be sampled. Maypole always does its best to sample in discreet locations in order to minimize any visible damage made to the sampled material.




What is an ACP-5 and do I need one?


An ACP-5 certificate shows that a construction project is a "non-asbestos project". It certifies that, based on the scope of work, no asbestos will be disturbed during demolition or construction. In NYC an ACP-5 is required when you are filing paperwork to obtain a construction permit with the Department of Buildings (DOB).




Who can issue an ACP-5?


In New York City, only asbestos investigators certified by the Department of Environmental Protections (DEP) are allowed to issue ACP-5s forms. Asbestos inspectors licensed by the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) may assist in collecting bulk samples for laboratory analysis.




What if asbestos is found?


If asbestos is found there are still some options available to move forward - ranging from abatement, to encapsulation, to simple scope of work changes. As Maypole only provides inspection services we are always here to offer an unbiased dialogue and help you make the best decision.





Our Process

Here at Maypole we strive to make the inspection process as seamless and effortless as possible so you can carry on with your day.

ACP-5 Process

Need to obtain paperwork for your DOB building permit filing?

POM Process

Want to know if there are asbestos hazards in your home?