When it comes to the biggest investment of you life, there are no silly questions. Buying a home or any kind of real estate demands that especially the first time buyer have a foundation of knowledge so that they can make an informed choice about which of the properties they see is the one for them. To make this decision properly, the average consumer needs to draw on the expertise of those who make a living in the business and the home inspector is one of these people. Any qualified home inspector has a wealth of information that the average person will find helpful.
One of these topics concerns a material that is certainly not in use anymore, but was very common at one time. Asbestos was used for a wide variety of materials including home insulation for around 4500 years. Before the health risks from using this material to wrap pipe and ducts came to light, it was used in home construction from approximately 1930 to 1980 and while it is no longer used today, there are some older homes where it can still be found. Although home inspectors are generally aware of the conditions where asbestos might be present, they don't have the equipment needed to test for the dangerous element.
When asbestos is detected in the home by a professional home inspector, the homeowner should get in touch with the correct professionals to have it removed-neither the homeowner or the home inspector should attempt to do this by themselves. Removing the asbestos can create a dangerous situation if the particles become airborne once they are disturbed. The professional contractor that comes in to do this job will have the best in safely equipment that includes goggles and a mask to prevent any exposure to the airborne contaminants. These are the experts that know all tricks about how to handle this otherwise dangerous material-for instance, these professional contractors will know under what circumstances it is safe to entomb the asbestos in another material to make it safe to transport.
These professional contractors know exactly how to seal one section of the home off from all the others so that the contamination doesn't spread from room to room. Again, one of the biggest dangers from this type of contamination is the chance that the particles will become airborne and transport themselves to other areas of the home before the cleanup can be completed.
Although the dangers from asbestos have been largely curtailed during the last twenty years, there is still a need for due diligence on the part of the homeowner who lives in an older home. With the help of an expert home inspector, asbestos can be identified and the proper professionals can then be notified.
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