Asbestos for Homeowners
Testing for asbestos in construction materials such as floor tiles, ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, shingles, etc., is available. To perform the testing the lab needs an approximate 1 inch x 1 inch piece of the material. It is important to capture all layers to try to get a representative piece of all potential materials. When working with floor tiles, be sure to include any glue that was used to secure the product. Often the glues contained asbestos. When collecting the sample, be sure to moisten the material to avoid releasing any potential asbestos fibers during sampling. Collect the material in a ziplock bag or clean, sealed container.
For general information: http://www2.epa.gov/asbestos
For additional information in Wisconsin: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/asbestos/