Asbeastos testing

How to Collect Asbestos and Vermiculite Samples

Collecting Vermiculite samples

Collect 3 cups from each of 3 random areas of the attic, scooped from the bottom of the layer, then place it in a sealed (ZipLok) bag or other container.( it will be considered as 1 sample)
Fill in the Request for Analysis form with your instructions & contact information. Identify the sample location on the Request for Analysis form

Collecting Asbestos samples

Place sample in ZipLoc bag, lock it and place it into the second bag.
If sample is sharp and can cut bags, place it into clean airtight container.
Fill in the Request for Analysis Form with your instructions & contact information. Identify the sample location.

The table below shows the recommended amount of material that should be send to the asbestos testing laboratory

Recommended amount
Asphalt shingles 5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.)

Roofing felt
5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.) – All layers must be collected, down to the sheathing.

Asbestos cement board
5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.)

Floor tile, linoleum, asphalt flooring

5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.)

Ceiling tiles

5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.)

Mechanical insulation (piping)
50 cm3 (3 cu. in.) – All layers must be collected, down to the pipe.

Asbestos ropes, gaskets, wires, etc.
5 linear cm (2 linear in.) or 5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.)

Levelling compounds and mortars
50 cm3 (3 cu. in.)

Mastics and putties
15 cm3 (1 cu. in.)

Texture coats and stuccoes
50 cm3 (3 cu. in.)

Drywall mud
5 cm x 5 cm (2 in. x 2 in.) – Mud only, do not include gypsum board or drywall tape.

Sprayed insulation (for example, sprayed fireproofing)
50 cm3 (3 cu. in.)

Other sprayed materials
1 full, small zip-lock bag

 How to send the samples to the lab

1- Fill in our sample submission form
2- The samples can be delivered to our locations in Toronto and London.
Please click here for delivery addresses.
3-Our turnaround times are:

Up to 10 business days, 5 days, 24 hours, 8 hours (same day)

The price for asbestos and vermiculite analysis will vary depending upon the turnaround time and number of samples.

Please phone our office in London (519)-642-1122, and one of our representatives will provide you the rates for your samples.

The payment can be made using VISA, MC, cheque, or cash.
You may be required to pay before receiving your report.