When Should I Get An Inspection?
Before you remove, disturb or renovate your home, be sure you’re keeping yourself and your family safe by getting an asbestos inspection by a trusted and accredited state inspector.
Whether you’re thinking of buying a particular home or you’ve already been living there, asbestos and other hazardous material inspections are always a sound idea.
Whether for liability purposes or for personal peace of mind, you can breath easy after trusting Zeal Environmental. Our mission is to keep you and your communities safe. Zeal Environmental understands what is at stake and works to ensure the continued health of families and communities across Colorado.
Colorado Asbestos Testing
What is Asbestos and How Serious Is Removal?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used in over 3,000 building products. It was primarily used for insulation for many years, until research demonstrated that exposure to the mineral can be lethal. When asbestos is rendered friable (crumbled by hand pressure), the microscopic fibers can cause serious health effects, especially in children and the elderly. When inhaled, asbestos can cause serious respiratory issues such as, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.
Inhaling these microscopic fibers happens easily when the asbestos has not been properly contained within the home or if the home has been damaged. Exposure to asbestos is more likely in older homes that have not been tested and remediated. The health outcomes from exposure to asbestos are irreversible and are fatal at times. The permanent effects of asbestos related diseases have harmed thousands of communities across Colorado and the United States.
Where Does Asbestos Hide?
Asbestos is commonly found in exterior cement board siding, roofing shingles, window glazing, wall and ceiling plaster, drywall texture, joint compound, sheet vinyl (linoleum), floor tiles, as well as attic and pipe insulation, and many more.
Prior to any remodels, demolition, or any remediation after fires and water damage, Colorado State law requires that an asbestos building inspector certified by Colorado State, regardless of the age of the home, must conduct an accredited asbestos inspection.
Many people aren’t aware that asbestos is still mined and manufactured for construction products today making an inspection always vital. Although the use of asbestos is more regulated due to current knowledge about its potential hazards for safety, it is always best practice to be as cautious as possible.
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