One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!
If you are living in an older building, you may have wondered if it contains asbestos in any portion of the building materials the complex was made from. If you or some of your tenants have been experiencing difficulty breathing, you may want to look into having the building inspected to rule out an asbestos situation. Here is some general information about what asbestos is, how it is found, and how it is removed to help you in having your apartment building deemed safe for tenants to inhabit.
What Exactly Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral fiber added to many building materials before the twentieth century. The material was included in items like insulation because it is durable and flame retardant. In 1978 production of asbestos ceased, but it was still being used in projects for several years afterwards so contractors could use up any surplus in building materials that were already in circulation. The ban was caused due to health risks.
What Are The Health Risks?
Since asbestos is composed of many tiny particles of fiber, they can become released into the air if a building has construction work done in an area where it is present. These fibers get embedded in the lungs when they are inhaled into the body. This can cause breathing difficulties, especially if there is a large quantity of asbestos in the area. The particles are so tiny that they can still be inhaled while wearing a mask over your nose and mouth. For this reason, it can only be removed by a professional asbestos removal service.
How Can My Building Be Checked?
Hire an asbestos evaluation service to come to your apartment building to check for asbestos. Make sure to inform your tenants about the evaluation so they are not present while it is being conducted. The service will take samples from areas you suspect may be holding asbestos in ceilings or walls. They will send it to a laboratory to be analyzed by specialists using microscopes and other testing equipment.
What Happens If Asbestos Is Found?
If you do indeed have asbestos in your apartment building, you will need to notify your tenants about the situation to protect yourself from liability. In many cases, the asbestos will be able to stay in the building if it is holed up in an area where it will not be tampered with. The asbestos service will seal it or cover it up so people would know where it was located. If it is in an area that can be accessed by tenants, it will need to be professionally removed. Your tenants will need to relocate during this process. Portions of your building will be sealed so the material inside will not make its way outside where it is a hazard to animals and people walking past. Special vacuum cleaners would be used to remove the asbestos from within your building.Share