Purchasing a new piece of property or just working with a piece of property can lead to conducting different types of tests on the property. It is common to test for asbestos. Soil can sometimes become a home for asbestos and whether it is found in large or small amounts, it can be harmful and even fatal to humans. Asbestos is the name given to six different types of fiber-like materials that are found naturally in the environment: chrysotile, amosite, tremolite, crocidolite, anthophyllite and actinolite. Soil testing can reveal whether there is asbestos in your soil.
Conduct research on your property to see if there has been a history of asbestos in previous buildings or structures.
Ask for detailed reports of any previous tests. Contractors conduct soil tests before building.
Contact a laboratory certified to test soil and air quality. The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), can provide you with a list of laboratories that can conduct the tests for you.