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Asbestos Guidelines for DIY Home Remodeling

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Rules specific to home remodeling jobs, not commercial-scale projects.

Please Note: If you’re bringing a mixed-material load to the Transfer Station that contains construction, demolition and remodeling materials, the load must be accompanied by a lab or test result from a certified asbestos or abatement company stating that the load is asbestos free. This certification is required regardless of the age of the material or the date the material was removed from the property.

If your load of construction/demolition/remodeling materials contains only bare wood, bare metal and glass, you do not need to provide asbestos-free test results.

If you have a load solely comprised of an item or items below, you must adhere to the listed requirements. This list is not intended to be all inclusive. If you have any questions regarding requirements for disposal of your load, please call us at 541-779-4161.

Local Asbestos Resources:
Neilson Research | 245 South Grape Street | Medford, Oregon | 541.770.5678

Belfor Environmental | 2067 Cardinal Avenue | Medford, Oregon | 541.665.5201

Global Pacific Environmental | 650 Industrial Circle, White City, Oregon | 541.830.3900

Western States Environmental | 877 Beatty Street, Medford, Oregon | 541.770.2482

FLOORING

Testing Required

  • Carpet, Pergo/laminate and/or wood flooring (only if they were glued down)
  • Vinyl flooring (linoleum)
  • Vinyl sheets

Testing NOT Required

  • Carpet, Pergo/laminate and/or wood flooring (f they were NOT glued down)
  • Ceramic tile and mortar

INSULTATION

Testing Required

  • Any insulation that is NOT fiberglass — including pipe, blow-in, HVAC ducting (asbestos paper found on inside and out), spray-applied and vermiculite

Testing NOT Required

  • Fiberglass insulation

INTERIOR FIXTURES

Testing NOT Required

  • Windows, toilets, showers and sinks — even if they have caulking/glue on them

INTERIORS

Testing Required

  • All sheetrock (drywall) that has ever been taped, textured or painted
  • Ceiling tiles and panels

ROOFING

Testing Required

  • Older tile roofs (concrete tile or transite tile), shake roof with nicolite paper (paper is white, tan or gray)
  • The following petroleum-based roofing material: composition, hot mop and asphalt-based

Testing NOT Required

  • The following petroleum-based roofing material:
    3-Tab, shake roof with black felt paper, and fiberglass roofing shingles

SIDING

Testing Required

  • Concrete siding (prior to 1980)

Testing NOT Required

  • Wood siding — including composite, even if it has caulking

PLEASE NOTE : Items needing to be tested are not limited to the itemslisted

Samples vs. site survey to determine if asbestos is present

  • For removal of one or two items from a specific location (like a bathroom), samples can go to Nielson for testing
  • If remodeling or removing multiple materials from one room, or a single material from multiple rooms, you must have a site survey
  • If a structure has been through a fire, you must have a site survey — because the fire changes the matrix of the material, possibly releasing asbestos fibers

For more information, call 541-779-4161
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