Asbestos is the most toxic of naturally occurring silicate minerals which are fibrous, shiny brown to black and have a unique crystal structure. It is one of the six most common elements in the planet’s crust and is known for being fire resistant. Until the 1980s, companies built homes, apartments and office buildings with asbestos-based materials. It is most commonly found in insulation, roof shingles, drywall, and other parts of the home. Although it was once thought to be a wonder material because it is affordable and fireproof, many studies have since reported that it can cause cancer and lung disease, especially if someone is exposed to it for long periods of time.
Are asbestos inspections required?
In NY asbestos inspections are not required if you are moving into a new home. However, if the home was built or renovated before the 1980s, is it highly recommended to arrange for a professional asbestos inspector to come and conduct a thorough inspection. It is well known that DIY renovations in homes before 1980 are especially prone to contain dangerous and improper use of asbestos, which poses the greatest threat to human health. Even today when people attempt their own renovations they come across asbestos that is contained in the roof or walls, which was improperly installed. This is dangerous to them and their families.
Many home inspections that take place during the sale of a home don’t actually check for asbestos. So many people can be living under the same roof as asbestos for 5, 10 or 20+ years. Hiring a local asbestos inspection company is the best and most affordable way to discover what risks you might be exposed to.
When is an inspection recommended?
It is recommended before having any work done on your homes such as remodeling, roof repair or a roof installation, any time walls are being torn down, rewiring of electricity and more.
With ChutePlus your asbestos inspections are can be scheduled as short as the same day the inspectors will check your entire home. If asbestos is found, arrangements should be made quickly for asbestos abatement.
It’s important to keep people and animals at a distance from the areas in which asbestos was disrupted to prevent exposure and further contamination. Asbestos is odorless and becomes fine dust, so you won’t always know if you’re exposed. There is no downside to take the side of precaution and even if you think there is no risk, have that peace of mind and order an inspection today!
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