If you are considering potentially purchasing a home constructed before 1980, it should be a priority to find out if there is a presence of asbestos. Asbestos was an extremely popular mineral fiber used for insulation and building materials because it resisted burning. The issue with it was that when the fibers are dislodged they float around in the air and end up in our lungs, causing a host of issues that include lung cancer. The best course of action is to have an asbestos inspection to make sure that you don’t have this hidden danger lurking inside of your home.
Danger to health
Asbestos isn’t dangerous until it is disturbed; when that happens it gives off hazardous fibrous filaments that can be breathed into the lungs or stomach, causing problems later on. The most common and dangerous form of asbestos is sprayed on asbestos insulation. If this form of asbestos is encountered in the home it is imperative that it is removed before it causes serious health complications to you or your loved ones. You don’t want to be saddled with the bill for this process- the previous homeowners should be responsible for this service and an asbestos inspection will uncover the problem for you.
If asbestos is found within a potential home the best course of action is to hire an asbestos abatement company to come out and safely handle the hazardous material so it doesn’t become a menace to you when you accidentally bump into it during a DIY home renovation project later on. The area must be cordoned off and demarcated so that the contractors have a clear work area and family members are not needlessly exposed to the fibers that will fill the air once the removal process starts. It is a dirty and dangerous job that you don’t want to have to do before a home is bought or sold- best to take care of it early on with a detailed home inspection service.
Another expensive aspect of the asbestos removal process is the filtration of the air after the material has been safely handled and removed to a secondary disposal area. High-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA) will be set up to completely remove any last traces of asbestos fibers from the circulating air inside of the home. Complex testing kits are used by the asbestos abatement company to ensure that not a trace remains.
There may be regulations in your area regarding asbestos inspection set forth by OSHA and the US EPA, as well as state and local regulations. Certified asbestos inspectors, which Marietta Home Inspections can provide, will be called in to make a thorough and detailed evaluation of a structure to make sure that dangerous asbestos fibers are not liable to become airborne in the environs of your potential home. The process of asbestos inspection can be quite detailed and complex, but it is worth it if you suspect that this hidden danger may be present inside of a potential home.