A Property inspection is a crucial process that every prospective investor or homeowner should undertake before signing the purchase contract for their new property. One of the key assessments that should be made during a property inspection is the presence of asbestos in the building materials. Asbestos is a naturally occurring hazardous material that can be found in older buildings. The material consists of thin fibers which, when exposed to the air, can find their way into the lungs and cause asbestos-related respiratory conditions.
If you are purchasing an older building or home, there are chances that the inspection reports will indicate the presence of asbestos in the building materials. If this is the case, you need to take certain actions to ensure the safety of the building occupants. Read on to find out the options you may be presented with regard to managing asbestos in your property.
Leaving it intact
Asbestos becomes hazardous when exposed to the air, increasing the chances of inhaling its fibers. As long as it is still intact within the building, it does not pose any danger to the occupants. It may be better to leave it intact than try to disrupt it. However, before the decision to leave asbestos in a building is made, the inspector has to verify that the building is structurally sound and that the materials don't have any signs of wear or physical damage.
Leaving asbestos intact can have certain effects in the long run. They include the following:
- You may not be able to undertake any property renovations or demolitions without having the asbestos material removed.
- As the building ages and is subjected to wear, the materials may loosen and expose the asbestos fibers to the air.
The process of asbestos removal eliminates any signs of the material in your building. It should be undertaken if the building shows any signs of structural damage or wear, and before renovations. The condition of the asbestos has to be assessed by a specialist before the decision to remove it is made. After the decision to remove the asbestos has been made, the following will be undertaken by the asbestos removal specialists:
- Assessment of the building to identify the places where asbestos is present.
- Setting up a management plan, including safety measures, to protect the workers during the removal process.
- Commencement of asbestos removal.
- Post-removal inspection to confirm that the building is free of asbestos.
Once the asbestos has been removed, you can undertake any renovations, demolitions, and any other structural modifications.
Carrying out an asbestos inspection on your property can help you protect you and other occupants from the potentially life-threatening effects of inhaling asbestos fibers. Consult your realtor on the best cause of action depending on the condition of the asbestos in the property.