3 Things you Need to Know about Asbestos Air Testing

Asbestos air testing is a good way to find out whether there is asbestos in your home or business premises. It involves a competent asbestos contractor drawing air through a filter over a measured amount of time. If asbestos is present, the particles will collect on the filter and the contractor will prepare it for examination under a microscope.

There are different types of asbestos air testing which are useful for you to know about. Read on to find out 3 types of asbestos air testing you need to know about.

Background asbestos air testing

Background air testing is a test that asbestos companies carry out when you need evidence that asbestos fibre levels are below the recommendation after you’ve had remedial work done. You could also have a background air test if someone has accidentally damaged asbestos-containing materials in your property.

Leakage air testing

A leakage air test measures the airborne fibre concentration outside a live asbestos removal enclosure at your property. This is to determine whether the structural integrity of the enclosure is sound and the right control measures are being taken to prevent asbestos fibres from getting into the air.

Reassurance air testing

Reassurance air tests measure airborne fibre concentrations after you’ve had asbestos removed. This type of asbestos air testing ensures that residual asbestos spore levels are safe.

Overall, you usually need asbestos air tests if you own a business where employees are at risk. But for your peace of mind, you may want an air test in your home to ensure it is safe.

If you’re not sure what type of asbestos air testing services you need, get in touch with one of our contractors. They can advise you on what is best for your property.

All of our asbestos testing and removal companies have the appropriate accreditations, including from the United Kingdom Accreditation Scheme (UKAS).


From £60

For a basic background air test


Approx. £250

For an air test included in an asbestos survey


Approx. 1 day

Depending on the size of your property

Advantages and disadvantages

Reasons to get asbestos air testing done:

  • To find out if asbestos fibre levels are below the recommended level after remedial work
  • To ensure that the asbestos removal site is sound and not leaking asbestos fibres into the air
  • To measure airborne fibre concentrations after you’ve had asbestos removed