Asbestos is a mineral fiber. It can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.
From studies of people who were exposed to asbestos in factories and shipyards, we know that breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of:
Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1970s, many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. Common products that might have contained asbestos in the past, and conditions which may release fibers, include:
Our New York home inspections professionals are trained in handling asbestos material. In addition, we can perform environmental testing. The inspection involves checking any suspected materials by taking samples, assessing their condition, and advice about what corrections are needed and who is qualified to make these corrections. Professional correction or abatement contractors are hired after the inspection to repair or remove asbestos materials.
To learn more about Asbestos Inspections, call: (646) 665-4399