Fact: Most asbestos related diseases are diagnosed 15 years after exposure(American Cancer Society). What does that mean to the home inspector. For starters, take precaution inspecting older homes where asbestos may be present. The folks at Asbestos.com have produced a Comprehensive Guide To Asbestos In The Home that all home inspectors should have, for their reference and their clients.
Asbestos use has significantly declined since the 1970’s, but many older homes still have hidden asbestos. The most common places that asbestos can be found in the home include:
- Roof Shingles
- Steam Pipes
- Ceiling and Floor Tiles
- Textured Paint
- Spray on Insulation
Asbestos can be found almost anywhere and everywhere in an older home.
- Heating and Pipes
If asbestos is suspected, testing is recommended to confirm. And asbestos removal should be handled by the pros.
For a more in depth review of asbestos in the house and a full understanding of asbestos, visit the following sites.