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California testing FAQ's

Below Are Some Of The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Environmental Testing

What is Asbestos? 

Asbestos is a hazardous mineral that can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. The risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma increases with the number of fibers inhaled.

Is A Survey (Inspection) Required?

Yes, in California, asbestos testing is required and governed by multiple different bodies. These agencies have established strict regulations and guidelines for the handling, removal, and disposal of asbestos-containing materials in order to protect public health and the environment.

Who regulates testing in California?

There are a few mulitpule bodies in California depending on where the property is located. 

  1. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD): The AQMD is responsible for regulating air pollution in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. The AQMD has established strict regulations for the handling, removal, and disposal of asbestos-containing materials in order to protect public health and the environment.

  2. The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA): CalEPA is responsible for enforcing state and federal environmental laws and regulations. CalEPA oversees a number of programs related to hazardous materials, including asbestos. The CalEPA has established the Asbestos Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM), which requires that all structures and buildings be inspected for asbestos prior to renovation or demolition activities.

  3. In San Diego, asbestos testing is governed by the San Diego Air Pollution Control District (APCD), which is responsible for regulating air pollution in San Diego County. The APCD enforces federal, state, and local air pollution control regulations, including those related to asbestos.

  4. In Northern California, asbestos testing is governed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), which is responsible for regulating air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano counties.

Why test for asbestos?

To protect not only homeowners but also workers who could be repeatedly exposed if testing is not performed. Failure to comply with their regulations can result in fines and legal action.

Wasn't Asbestos Banned?

Yes, however, the ban was overturned by a federal appeals court. Today while many uses of asbestos have been significantly restricted, it is still not completely banned in the united states.

How does sampling work?

Sampling is done by Certified Site Surveillance Technician (CSST). They will attempt to take discrete samples about the size of a quarter from suspect materials in places like behind light sockets etc. 

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The Most Common Vendor Services

Our vendors perform a vide variety of testing services but here are a few of the most common


Asbestos Testing

Exposure to asbestos fibers can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Despite the known dangers of asbestos, it has never been completely banned in the United States. While the use of asbestos has been heavily regulated and restricted since the 1970s, it can still be found in certain products and materials made today.

Lead Testing

Lead is a toxic metal that was once commonly used in paint and other household products. Exposure to lead can cause serious health problems, especially in young children and pregnant women. It can damage the brain and nervous system, cause developmental delays, and increase the risk of high blood pressure and other serious health problems. Despite the known dangers of lead, it was not banned for use in paint in the United States until 1978.



Mold Testing

Mold is a type of fungi that can grow on a variety of surfaces, including walls, ceilings, and household furnishings. It is often found in damp or humid environments and can cause serious health problems if it is not properly addressed. Breathing in mold spores can trigger allergic reactions and respiratory problems, such as coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. In addition, mold has been linked to a variety of other health problems, including asthma, sinus infections, and allergic reactions.

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About Us


The Testing Agency was founded with the goal of revolutionizing the water damage industry by providing fast, reliable, and comprehensive services to homeowners, business owners, and insurance companies. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping our clients navigate the complex process of water damage restoration and recovery. We understand that water damage can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, and we are committed to providing the support and guidance you need to get your home or business back to normal as quickly as possible. With our advanced technology and commitment to excellence, we are changing the way water damage is handled and helping our clients get the peace of mind they deserve.

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