Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber found in rock and soil. Asbestos has been used in a number of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire retardant due to its fiber strength and heat resistance.Click here to Call!
A general home inspection is usually performed during a real estate/real property transaction to identify defects in the home or unit and make recommendations. Asbestos may be defined in a home inspection report as an object that should be inspected by a specialist in structures of a certain age or class. However, not all home inspectors are aware of or qualified to spot potentially dangerous materials. Inspectors from Envirowatch have the knowledge and experience to evaluate the material(s) of concern, sample as required, and advise on next steps.
Until a multi-unit residential building with 5 or more units is demolished, the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) includes a rigorous asbestos inspection. Prior to any reconstruction of a building where materials will be disturbed, this federal requirement needs a minimal inspection. Local city, state, and regional regulating bodies, such as Westchester County, Putnam County, and Rockland County, New York, may have standards for construction and/or demolition projects that are identical to NESHAP.
Cleanup and reconstruction after a fire or flood will also reveal secret asbestos-containing materials that were missed in the whirlwind of action. Fire and flood damage reconstruction is typically completed as soon as possible to avoid disruption to the insured or impacted occupants. Sampling for suspected asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the affected areas, spaces, or buildings, followed by rapid lab results and detection of the presence or absence of asbestos, may lead to a fast resolution to a potentially dangerous difficult situation or liability.
Home Depot and Luna / Empire, for example, have corporate policies that require homeowners to check the existing flooring in the location, room, or building in question for asbestos-containing materials before the contractor removes or disturbs any building materials, including flooring. Typically, all that is needed to fix the issue is a sample of the flooring and any related mastic (adhesive). Envirowatch inspectors will take samples of flooring materials and provide results the same day to keep the project going forward.
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