Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat, electricity, and corrosion, making it very useful but also making it highly toxic. When the material is in a friable form (brittle or easily crumbled) it can be inhaled and/or ingested making it very dangerous. Fibers can become trapped in the lungs causing inflammation, scarring and lung cancer such as mesothelioma. It can also cause ovarian cancer, and laryngeal cancer.
Asbestos was commonly used in residential building materials such as insulation for attics, pipes, floor tiles, exterior siding, fireproofing, popcorn ceilings and cement materials. The clean air act of 1970 classified asbestos as a hazardous air pollutant and in 1976 the Toxic Substances Control Act provided the EPA the authority to place restrictions on certain chemicals such as asbestos, radon and lead-based paint. By this time, it was mostly banned in residential building material, but the material was so cheap that several companies continued to use it into the 80’s and even into the 90’s.
If you suspect asbestos in your home, do not disturb it. We can take a small sample, and have it analyzed to determine if it is asbestos and what type.
Lead Based Paint
If you house was built prior to 1978 it’s safe to assume it has lead-based paint. Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in your children. Most homes have been painted several times since it was originally built so exposure to the lead-based paint is less likely but could still occur if paint is chipped or flaking.
We can perform an EPA approved swab of an area in question.
It is possible for the most attentive homeowners too to miss out on minute problems. Sometimes the most routine home repairs, when forgotten, can worsen the state of your home. This is why you must have an annual home maintenance inspection.
Having a professional home inspector from Rest Assured Home Inspections LLC evaluate your home annually for maintenance is a cost-effective way of keeping your home in a healthy condition.
Just like an inspection conducted before buying a property, our qualified inspectors will perform a visual examination of your home and explain to you their findings. They’ll be happy to provide you guidance about what you should be doing regularly to ensure the best upkeep of all of your home’s systems.
Call us today to work with the best home inspectors in Arvada for an annual maintenance inspection.