An asbestos inspection is not an inspection criteria currently required by the Standard of Practice (SOP) of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). As a result, an asbestos inspection is not performed as a part of a standard home inspection. In general terms if an asbestos issue is suspected during a standard home inspection those issues will be noted, on the standard home inspection report, at the discretion of our inspectors and with a recommendation, for further investigation, by a licensed/certified asbestos professional. These types of issues would generally entail the observance of such things as building materials which are suspected based on industry knowledge of possibly containing asbestos, in properties which are suspected of containing asbestos generally due to their age and condition.
Professional services associated with asbestos are regulated, by federal legislation enforced, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In The State of Alabama professional services associated with asbestos are regulated, by state legislation enforced, by The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).
Alabama is a Caveat Emptor ("let the buyer beware") state in terms of real estate transactions and there are no state legislated provisions which require a property to be inspected for asbestos prior to a real estate transaction.
As a general summary asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which found wide use is building materials beginning in the late 19th century and at a certain regulated levels to the current time period. Asbestos can be found in adhesives, construction mastics, ductwork connectors, flexible duct connectors, floor backing, drywall tape compound, insulation, fire proofing materials, asbestos sheeting, cement products, as well as a host of other products. In the residential construction market the use of asbestos can commonly be found in older styles of cement exterior cladding, certain mastics, as well as insulation materials generally pertaining to ducts and pipes.
The health risks associated with asbestos fibers are currently well known. The risk of asbestos in a residential real estate is generally associated with real estate constructed during a time frame where the use of asbestos contained building materials was less regulated. Specifically, asbestos risks are generally associated with building products which are in a state of decay or in industry terms are friable to a point where the asbestos fibers within the products can become airborne and thus become an airborne inhalable indoor air quality problem (IAQ). If the products are in a stable condition which can be the case for certain types of cement board siding then they generally will not pose an immediate concern.
A more detailed description of the types of Asbestos can be located at the following private website: www.mesotheliomalawyercenter.org/asbestos. We are not affiliated with this website; but, believe the information provided on their "Asbestos" page is well prepared and concise in nature.
We do not presently provide asbestos related professional services; however, given sufficiently advanced notice we can arrange for these types of services to be performed by a licensed professional at the same general time that the standard home inspection is performed. The performance of this type of inspection should be discussed in advanced with your real estate professional and in turn with the property owner so that all parties are aware that the inspection will take place. Additionally, a list of certified asbestos professional service firms can be provided by ADPH.
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