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The questions with any inspection are:
Asbestos was once a widespread component of building materials, some ofwhich may still be in an older home. If you plan to remodel, you may disturbasbestos-containing materials, so it’s a good idea to be aware of their presence.The good news is that asbestos has long been recognized as a potential healthproblem, so it is easily detected and removed.
If the home was built before 1978, when asbestos was banned from use in homes,it is a good idea to have an asbestos inspection. An asbestos inspection is notautomatically included in an inspection by a Texas Real Estate CommissionLicensed inspector.
The hazards of asbestos are fairly widely known–their small pointed fibers canlodge in lung tissue.
Some people work the fibers out of their system. Others suffer enough irritation from these asbestos fibers to eventually cause cancer, emphysema, and other diseases.
Not all asbestos in a home needs to be removed. If it is notcrumbling or friable or won’t be disturbed by your remodeling project, you MIGHT be able to leave it there. It isonly when the fibers get loose in the air that they cause problems. Youneed to consult a professional before deciding this.
If asbestos is enclosed, the fibersusually are not released into the air and therefore present no immediate hazard.
Asbestos wrapped pipesthat are sound can be protected from future damage by being enclosed in walls orhaving boxes put around them.
However, asbestos wrapped ducts should be removed, both ductsand asbestos wrapping, because ducts are not airtight.
Asbestos materials in good shape oftencan be “encapsulated” by an asbestos abatement contractor to add a layer ofprotection. This involves coating asbestos with a heat-resistant paint orsealant (approved by the EPA) that creates a protective barrier and convertssurface fibers into a safer form.
We recommend removal because encapsulating can be temporary and it isalmost as expensive as removal, depending on the project. It may even make laterremoval more difficult.
Asbestos is much easier to remove than mold because:
Warning: Don’t do asbestos removal or encapsulation yourself. Asbestos is definitely and always a job for a professional
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