Asbestos Testing by Certified, Licensed Professionals
Did you know that the same fire retardant and insulator that may be in your home has been linked to an increase of 50,000 cancer cases?
Is Asbestos Dangerous?
Asbestos has been shown to cause cancer of the lung and stomach according to studies of workers and others exposed to asbestos. There is no level of exposure to asbestos fibers that experts can assure is completely safe. Some asbestos materials can break into small fibers which can float in the air and these fibers can be inhaled. The tiny fibers are so small they can not be seen with the naked eye. They can pass through the filters of normal vacuum cleaners and get back into the air. Once inhaled, asbestos fibers can become lodged in tissue for a long time. After many years cancer or mesothelioma can develop. Before embarking on any renovation project or home purchase, testing for asbestos is an important first step to protect yourself and your loved ones. Total Home Inspection Services offers Asbestos Testing in Northern AZ by certified, licensed professionals.
Is Asbestos Testing Necessary?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral popular among builders of the past. It is inexpensive, fire-resistant, provides shock absorption, as well as electrical and building insulation. It is also highly toxic, carcinogenic and deadly. If you’re in the market for a new home or renovation project, testing for asbestos before you move forward is a pro-active step that can save you money and potentially lethal health-related problems in the future.
Don’t All Home Inspectors Test for Asbestos?
The short answer is NO. The majority of home inspectors are not trained or licensed to test for asbestos and, unless specifically requested, home inspectors do not, by default, test for environmental safety issues.
Where Asbestos Hazards Are Found
- Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement.
- Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation.
- Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977.
- Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.
- Older products, such as stove-top pads, may have some asbestos compounds.
- Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard or cement sheets.
- Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
- Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.
- Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.
It is very difficult to identify the presence of asbestos just by looking at it. As a general rule, certain building materials installed before the late 1980s may contain asbestos. However, the only way to be certain is to have a sample of the material analyzed by a laboratory. Confirmation should be carried out before any general maintenance, renovation or demolition activities proceed.
I am a buyer considering to purchase a manufactured home. Jack did an outstanding job and was very thorough. I have never bought a manufactured home before and Jack educated me on things to look for. The report contained photos which was excellent because I am able to show photos to my seller on the items we need repaired prior to the purchase. He went on the roof, and crawled under the house; and caught items that I missed. If your looking for a home inspector, I would highly recommend him. I typically dont give reviews or recommendations, but, Jack's service is an exception. It is worth the money spent.
Fairly new to Arizona, Prescott Valley specifically. I've been looking since March for a new home with not much luck. I finally found a place and started the wheels rolling; inspection of a property is very important. I went through home advisory and I'm very pleased with the professional(s) they sent. Very knowledgeable, very on time, went over any problem in a very understandable manner. I would suggest them to anyone in the need.
Jack was everything I was looking and hoping for in an inspector. He and JJ were very thorough in their inspection and spent several hours at the property we are purchasing even though it was only 750 sft. He explained everything to me in a way that I could understand and was very patient with my constant questions. He was willing to drive to our rural location on a weekend so we could be there and I'm so grateful for the peace of mind I felt after his inspection. I would highly recommend. Thanks Jack!
I was impressed because as part of hiring Total Home Inspection for our inspection they gave us a one year membership to Porch. A few days later Porch called me and asked a few questions like if I needed estimates and contractor references for repairs or movers, when I said we were doing it ourselves they gave us a 20% of coupon via text for a moving truck... then they connected me via conference call to an insurance company and I got a quote that was HALF the cost of the lowest quote we had been given so far (and our home is hard to insure because of the fire danger). Porch also gave us coupons for any future repair costs. Porch said they will call when we get closer to moving to help with changing utilities and connect us with someone to move the jacuzzi ... it was surprising and totally first rate customer service! 🙂
Inspector Jack Jackson was a complete professional. He put me at ease to buy my new home. Offered to help when I was settled if I needed anything. Jack told me he was local and I could give him a call anytime. Jack's one of the good guys. Go to him if you need an inspection.
Jack has done two home inspections for us. Very thorough and prompt. We will use his company on our future purchases.
Absolutely great home inspector.
Jack was very professional, he did a very detailed job, I asked him If I could be his shadow and he had no problem with that at all, he would explain to me everything that he found that either should be fixed or minor things that I should pay attention to, It took about 2 1/5 hrs. to complete his inspection. and he gives you a binder with the report of what he inspected and everything is listed as good,fair,poor, the report is very easy to read, and he takes pictures of the things that need special attention. I definitely recommend him and would use him again.
Before selling my property in prescott AZ. I needed to have a home inspection done. I had used Total inspection before for a building inspection and they were great to work with then. Really happy that I chose them to do a home inspection because once again they were great to work with. Trustworthly, professional and honest.
Jack was professional and friendly. He thoroughly answered all of our questions. At the end of the inspection he gave us a binder with a copy of the full report, including color photos. This was extremely helpful! Thanks Jack!