Asbestos is a known carcinogen and health hazard. Despite the great risks it poses, it was widely used in construction until recently in the United States and continues to be used in parts of the world.

As we move into the future, it is important to take new information into account and take public health seriously. Should you be considering getting a professional asbestos inspection of your property? Here are some reasons you may need to consider hiring a professional to analyze your residence or building for the presence of asbestos.

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What are asbestos inspections and when must be done.

There are plenty of reasons why people want to do and asbestos inspection, the main one is probably when people are going to buy a house,and there is suspicious about the materials, like the HVAC tape, or some type of linoleum or siding, bottom line there are plenty of materials that contain asbestos in a home. You want to hire a certified asbestos contractor to inspect your home and make sure to remove all asbestos if any. Also, insurance companies sometimes require these inspections because they don’t want to insure properties can have asbestos in them because it could cause them more money to repair it in case of a loss or damage.

  1. Do you own or live in an older building?

Asbestos is invisible Asbestos starts out as a fibrous mineral, but it breaks down into tiny dust particles that can be fatal when inhaled over a period of time.  It was previously routinely used in ceilings, roofing and walls, fireplace insulation, floor coverings, sealants and even paints.

If you have suspicions that your property has materials that contain asbestos, it’s a good idea to have a professional take a look at it.  Through laboratory testing they can identify if asbestos is present and if so what type.

  1. Any have plans to renovate?

If you have started drawing up plans to redo your space, knock out a wall or tear down your kitchen, it is a responsible decision to invest in an asbestos inspection before getting started.  You may be eager to get going as soon as possible with your new project, but constructing in the presence of unidentified asbestos can be dangerous for you and your family.  Inhaling asbestos fibers can cause a variety of diseases including lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.  It is wise to err on the side of precaution and schedule a professional inspection to identify if there is asbestos in your home, where it is located and whether it requires removal.

  1. Are you planning to buy or sell?

Before committing to buy a property, potential buyers want to know that the space is a safe investment.  Knowing that the air is safe to breathe and free of toxins is an important part of this concern.  It is important to identify asbestos before the purchase of a building in order to calculate the costs of its removal.

As a seller, if you can provide potential buyers with copies of an asbestos inspection, this could help to move along the sale, in particular if your property is older and buyers are likely to be wary about the potential presence of asbestos.

If any of the above reasons apply to you, call us to schedule your asbestos inspection.

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