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Does a home inspection check for asbestos?

Does a Michigan home inspection check for asbestos?

Asbestos is a dangerous material that can be found in some older homes, and it is important for potential buyers and homeowners to understand what a home inspection does and does not check for. Thumb Home Inspection LLC is here to not only provide you with exceptional home inspections but also to provide you with helpful advice and information about asbestos and home inspections.

Asbestos is a natural mineral that was once widely used in a variety of building materials, including insulation, ceiling tiles, and flooring. It has since been recognized as a hazardous material that can cause serious health problems if it is inhaled. Asbestos is not visible to the naked eye, and in order to identify it, you need a certified professional.

A home inspection is a visual inspection of the home’s structure and systems. It is designed to identify safety, health, and structural defects. During a home inspection, the inspector will check for visible signs of damage and wear, but they will not be able to detect the presence of asbestos. In order to know if a home contains asbestos, it is necessary to have specialized tests done.

It is important to note that a home inspection does not guarantee that a home is free of asbestos. The inspector may identify potential areas of concern, such as deteriorated drywall or insulation, but it is not possible to determine the presence of asbestos without specialized testing. If an inspector identifies potential areas of concern, it is important to have the areas tested for asbestos.

If asbestos is found in a home, it can sometimes be important to have it removed by a qualified professional. Asbestos removal is a highly specialized process that must be done carefully to avoid any risk of exposure. It is important to note that asbestos removal is not something that should be attempted as a do-it-yourself project. It is also sometimes better to encapsulate the asbestos. Asbestos is typically only a problem if it is disturbed. When Asbestos starts to deteriorate it becomes what is known as friable. It means it can be crushed or pulverized easily. When it is in this state it can become airborne more easily and therefore is considered to be more dangerous. As a homeowner in Michigan it is legal for you to remove Asbestos from your own home. You should know it is quite dangerous and do plenty of research on proper PPE to wear while doing so.

At Thumb Home Inspection LLC, we understand the importance of knowing what is in your home. We offer specialized asbestos testing and can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your home. Our inspectors are highly trained and certified and will provide you with a comprehensive report that will help you make the best decision for your home.

If you have any questions or concerns about asbestos or home inspections, please contact us at Thumb Home Inspection. We are here to provide you with the information and resources you need to make an informed decision about your home.

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