At home testing kits are a simple,  cost effective way to provide peace of mind.


What is It?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that can be pulled into a fluffy consistency. Asbestos fibers are soft and flexible yet resistant to heat, electricity and chemical corrosion. Pure asbestos is an effective insulator, and it can also be mixed into cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them stronger.

Asbestos exposure is a severe health risk that, with prolonged exposure, can potentially lead to conditions like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other types of asbestos-related cancer.

Despite the health risks, asbestos has not been entirely banned in the United States. Use of asbestos in insulation and in newly developed uses are prohibited, but asbestos can still be used in existing products.

In renovation and home improvement projects where you are moving or removing materials, like replacing flooring or removing carpet, you may be disturbing materials that contain asbestos:

  • Floor tiles (9x9)
  • Blown-in insulation / Vermiculite
  • Pipe insulation
  • Popcorn ceiling
  • Transite Siding

However, asbestos is only a hazard if it has been damaged or removed improperly and the fibers become airborne and are breathed into the lungs.

You can’t tell if something contains asbestos just by looking at it. You need a professional to perform an analysis, and asbestos removal requires a professional.

How Does it Work?

Once you order the kit, we'll send a collection kit in the mail. Follow the enclosed best practices and instructions to take a sample of your suspect material(s). Package the materials as instructed, fill out the chain of custody and use the included envelop to mail your sample to the laboratory. Once the lab receives the sample, we'll email you the results within 24 hours.


ETL analyzes asbestos samples by PLM method EPA 600/R-93/116 for analysis of bulk building materials. By EPA regulations, any material that has greater than 1% asbestos content is considered to be an Asbestos Containing Material and is recommended to be left undisturbed or to be abated properly. Please note that samples containing any asbestos content may be regulated by OSHA requirements for worker safety. ETL cannot offer consultation for remediation but can recommend local abatement companies. ETL, Inc. maintains liability limited to cost of analysis. The sample report relates only to the samples reported and may not be reproduced without written approval by ETL, Inc.

Please do not use this kit for vermiculite, soil, air cassette, or debris analysis. Vermiculite/soil analysis requires a full gallon bag of material. Contact our laboratory if the sample you need tested is vermiculite/soil.

Need more than a few samples taken? We may be able to help!

ETL is a subsidiary of Environmental Testing and Consulting. Environmental Testing and Consulting has been providing full service asbestos, lead, mold and other inspections for over 30 years. They’ve worked with state and local government, as well as homeowners and fortune 500 companies. To find out more about asbestos surveys please contact us with the form below.


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