How to Test for Asbestos in Soil

Overview

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.

Step 1

Conduct research on your property to see if there has been a history of asbestos in previous buildings or structures.

Step 2

Ask for detailed reports of any previous tests. Contractors conduct soil tests before building.

Step 3

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.

References

  • Agency for Toxic Sunstances & Disease Registry: Public Health Statement
Keywords: conducting asbestos tests, testing for asbestos, common asbestos locations

About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.