ETL is now analyzing combustion samples!

Have you or your business been subject to a wild or structural fire?  Assess the exposure and provide evidence to help support insurance claims with this quick an easy analysis!

 

Why get combustion testing?

  • Support an insurance claim for a structural fire and clean up:
    • Was a building affected by fire? Combustion testing can prove the extent of the fire's reach to insurance companies.
    • Household activities like smoking, burning candles, cooking, and home heating can create combustion particles that stick to surfaces for years if they remain uncleaned. Our analysis can help distinguish between these “background” combustion particles and exposure to a fire event.
  • Victim of Wildfires
    • Smoke from wildfires and agricultural fires can travel up to hundreds of miles and end up inside a structure. We can assess if this exposure is significant or not by the concentrations of combustion particles
    • $21 billion has been set aside to compensate victims of the 2017-2018 Wildfire season [Catron]
  • Checking the extent of general House Damage:
    • Moving and see yellowed paint and smell smoke? Household activities like smoking, burning candles, cooking, and home heating can create smoke damage unrelated to Fire Exposure. Find out the possible extent of damage or support an insurance claim with a combustion test!
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Combustion Particles

We can test multiple different types of material through the same analysis methods.  Some of the byproducts we test for are :

Soot

 

is a black powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter.

  • Sticks to surfaces
  • This material is commonly found in industrial and structure fires  

Char

 

is the solid material that forms during the initial stage of combustion of a carbon based material.

  • Partially burned material
  • Testing can distinguish between different charred material

Ash

is a black powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter.

  • Stick's to surfaces
  • This material is commonly found in industrial and structure fires  

Tips on taking samples at home

You Got Samples, Now What?

Sample Mailing and Delivery

Samples may be mailed or hand-delivered. A Chain of Custody (CoC) may be filled out in the lab upon your arrival or downloaded here. If a sample is mailed, a CoC must be attached with the proper information and signatures. Bulk asbestos samples should be at least 2 square inches. Each sample must be separately double-bagged in sealed Ziplocs or containers with the Chain of Custody included in your package outside of the sample bags to prevent contamination.

Mail/Drop Off Location

You may mail or deliver your package to :

37575 W Huron River,
Romulus, Michigan 48174

Did you know that ETL has Dropboxes throughout Metro Detroit?

Payment Information

Payment may be cash, check, or credit. Please make checks out to Environmental Testing & Consulting, Inc. Credit card payment may be taken over the phone. Please make a note on your CoC if you intend on using a credit card upon receiving your report.