Asbestos inspection for a residential property should include an evaluation of every aspect of the home, from roofing to structural elements. At All Jersey Home Inspection, we understand the investment you have made in your home, and we want to ensure your peace of mind. Whether it’s a pre-purchase inspection or a run through of a home you’ve lived in for years, the health and safety of your family is our top priority.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a tiny fiber that was used in the past primarily as insulation. It was also added to some building materials to provide added strength and flame resistance. The problem with asbestos is that it has been shown to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma in individuals that were exposed to large amounts of free-floating asbestos fibers in the air. These conditions typically did not become apparent until around 30 years after the exposure. Because of the health hazards of asbestos fibers, its use in insulation and paint was banned in the 1970’s.
What You Need To Know About Asbestos
Homes built prior to the 1970’s could contain asbestos in insulation, plumbing, paint, wall joint compound, and other building materials. However, as long as the materials are in good condition, they pose no danger. Asbestos is only a threat if the fibers are released into the air and can be inhaled.
Renovations or demolitions of materials containing asbestos can release the fibers into the air. Therefore, the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requires the owner of any property containing asbestos building materials to get an asbestos inspection prior to any demolitions or renovations of that property.
Why Do I Need Asbestos Testing?
Since you are unable to see or smell this carcinogen, it’s vital to receive an inspection to detect the presence in your home.
How Can Asbestos Be Removed?
If your home contains asbestos, you have two options: removal of the material or sealing the material to prevent it from releasing fibers. Either option requires the help of a trained professional.
How Do I Know If My Home Contains Asbestos?
If you suspect your home or a home you are considering buying may contain asbestos, it’s vital you get a thorough inspection by a qualified professional. A special microscope can only detect asbestos. Our inspectors are trained in asbestos detection and will take samples from your home for further analysis.
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