Someone help me out here. I had 3 samples taken as labeled on the results. I'm finding it difficult to decipher the report from the lap.

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You took 3 samples and sent them in. #1 and #2 contain no asbestos. The third sample does indeed contain Chrystoile, or white asbestos. From Wikipedia

Chrysotile or white asbestos is the most commonly encountered form of asbestos,accounting for approximately 95% of the asbestos in the United States.

Of that layer within the third sample where it was positively detected, it is about 8% asbestos (visually estimated) and 92% non-fibrous components (difference of 100% - 8%) that the lab did not further analyze. In the third sample, there were 3 layers and the layer containing asbestos made up 90% of that sample.

  • Thank you! This makes perfect sense! That 3rd sample was from floor tiles affixed to concrete in a kitchen we want to gut. They are very hard, and not flexible at all. They appear to be brittle and easily crumble. But, it looks like they will come off easily. We want to remove them so we can tile the floor. How dangerous is this scenario for removal as far as asbestos floor tiles go? I mean, only 8% asbestos? Seems low. But, i'm assuming all precautions are to be taken? I am familiar with typical abatement processes and have the means to do it. Just want to know how bad is the situation.
    – maplemale
    May 11, 2015 at 20:09
  • I'm not sure what percentage you will find in other scenarios, but in most cases we're talking about products made with asbestos, not made entirely of asbestos, so it's unlikely you'd find something that is 100%. This is really a question for an expert...
    – Steven
    May 11, 2015 at 20:25
  • That's a good point.... ahhhh.... well. As they say on How I Met Your Mother: Suit up!
    – maplemale
    May 11, 2015 at 20:30
  • Or as they say call a company that specializes in this area. May 12, 2015 at 0:09
  • Now that you know you have asbestos, you will need to find out what the regulations are for your area. For example in my area, you can not hire out any help/contractors unless they are licensed for asbestos abatement. But a home owner and one family member can do the work if they dispose of the asbestos properly.
    – diceless
    May 12, 2015 at 17:35

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