Asbestos & Building Materials
You will be amazed where asbestos can turn up in your home. It is such a versatile material, that it was used in just about every type of building material. Federal laws started phasing asbestos use out here in the US where by 1991, most asbestos of any concern was no longer being used.
Demolition / Renovation of Pre-1991 Structures
NESHAP (National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants) regulates all pre-1991 structures where an Asbestos Building Inspection will need to be performed to identify asbestos hazards (if any). Just because your town doesn’t ask for this when applying for a demolition or renovation permit, it’s a Federal requirement. The fines are steep for non-compliance.
I've Been Building for 40 Years & Never
You would be surprised at how many environmental rules are on the books that have not been enforced. As towns face more and more environmental issues they are starting to enforce rules that builders building for decades may have never had to deal with. Doesn't mean it's not an issue.
Asbestos Building Inspection
An Asbestos Building Inspection should be performed by a certified AHERA Building Inspector. This way you get a good report detailing all the asbestos hazards in the building. The inspection is not as complicated as you would think on non-school related structures. Schools have different standards than residential structures.
Frequently Asked Questions
It depends on the type of property. Residential homes are $695 + $Hrly Rate after 2 hrs + cost of samples, where larger commercial buildings start at $1,800.
The Home Inspection process often does not address asbestos. You have to be a licensed asbestos building inspector to perform this type of work.
Not really. While sometimes, you can have a good idea if a piece of pipe wrap is asbestos or if a spot on that wall is mold. But all of these items are microscopic and require some degree of testing to identify what they are.
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