Frequently asked questions


What hazardous materials do you test for?

Asbestos, lead, and mold in commercial and residential buildings. 

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that has been widely used in building materials for decades. We now know that it is a carcinogen and causes many severe health problems like mesothelioma when the microscopic crystal-like fibers are breathed in. See below for a linked video on the history of its use. 

Where might there be Asbestos in my home?

In homes built before 2004, Asbestos can be found in flooring, drywall and drywall mud, ceiling materials especially popcorn ceilings, pipe wrapping, insulation, and more. Depending on the scope of your project, we will test all appropriate locations to determine exactly where hazardous materials are in your home.

Will you test building materials that are already removed from the home/already in my dump trailer?

No. AWE is responsible for ensuring a proper chain of custody -- i.e. documenting for DEQ exactly where those materials came from -- and we cannot do this with integrity without testing the materials before they are removed from the home. Please call us before you begin demolition if you will need environmental testing for your project.

How much does environmental testing cost?

Pricing can vary widely depending on the project size and scope, number of samples required, access challenges, and turn-around time necessary for lab results and the AWE final survey report, so please call to discuss your project quote. 

Average residential testing: $350-800
Average commercial testing: $800-2,500 

What areas do you work in?

AWE regularly serves the north Oregon coast, from Astoria through Tillamook. 

Outside of our service area, but still want us to do your environmental testing? Call us to discuss your project and we can help you find a workable solution. 

Other questions?

What is asbestos?

This video details the history of asbestos use in building materials and the potential health impacts of exposure. 

Video sourced from YouTube, not created by or for AWE.