Home Inspector Pros of Yonkers

Asbestos Inspection

Picture of a dirty dryer vent with lint. Photo taken in Yonkers, Westchester, New York home
Asbestos used to be added to various products to give them added durability and to offer heat insulation and for fire resistance. However, in time, it was discovered that those who are exposed to asbestos over time begin to develop serious health issues, such as lung cancer. This is something that can be avoided if you contact a professional to find out if it is in the home that you wish to purchase. With the right type of inspection, a professional can provide you with due diligence and piece of mind. Asbestos Danger Lung cancer and mesothelioma risks increase with the number of asbestos fibers that are inhaled. The risk of developing lung cancer is increased even more if the person also smokes. Those who develop asbestos-related health issues have been exposed to a high level of asbestos for years. Symptoms may not appear until 20 to 30 years after they were first exposed. Many people are exposed to small amounts of asbestos on a regular basis but do not develop serious health issues. However, when it becomes airborne and inhaled, the risk of lung cancer is increased.  i ​Where Asbestos Is Found Most Often While most things made today do not have asbestos in them. There were many buildings built before the 1970s that unfortunately still contain this hazardous material. Some things that may contain asbestos might include the following:
  • Shingles
  • Siding
  • Cement roofing
  • Wood stoves
  • Door gaskets in furnaces
  • Coal stoves with worn seals might release asbestos fibers.
  • Decorative or soundproofing material sprayed onto ceilings and walls
Asbestos won’t usually become an issue unless disturbed.  don’t release the asbestos fibers unless disturbed Asbestos in The Home When you turn to a professional to find out about problems that might exist in a home that you are interested in, there are specific areas where an inspector will look for problems. When it comes to finding out if there is hazardous asbestos in your home, these are the places they may likely find them.
  • Texted paint
  • Artificial ashes and embers that are used in gas-fireplaces
  • Stove-top pads
  • Houses built between the 1930s and 1950s might have insulation with asbestos
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the vinyl sheet flooring adhesives
  • Oil and coal furnaces
Why Hire a Professional You should know whether there is harmful asbestos material in the home that you wish to purchase and live in.  A home inspector will put him or herself in your shoes and provide you as much information as possible regarding your future home. If asbestos is found, an inspector will identify where the problem exists so that it can be handled properly. You don’t want to do anything to disturb any such areas, as this could make the problem worse.