Certified Asbestos Inspections

David Polo is a State and EPA Certified Asbestos Building Inspector #45008. He can identify Presumed Asbestos Containing Material (PACM materials prior to 1980) and suspected Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM after 1980) at your inspection. We can also take samples and send them to state certified labs for analysis so you know if asbestos is in the dwelling you are buying or selling. We perform many certified asbestos inspections for properties being demolished for any asbestos containing material as well.

Asbestos is a natural fireproof mineral with a white, grayish appearance.  In 1989 the EPA ordered a phase-out policy of all asbestos products.  This fibrous substance can be found in many existing products such as some floor and ceiling tiles, pipe and duct wrapping, older roofing materials, plaster, siding composites, texture paints and more.  There has been evidence that some forms of asbestos can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.  Asbestos puts us at risk especially when it becomes friable, flakes into the air and ultimately into our lungs.  There are many procedures available such as encapsulation, to seal and remove any potential risk.  Polo & Associates will attempt to identify any suspected asbestos containing materials for you.

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Asbestos in Older Buildings

Asbestos was used extensively in construction in the middle decades of the 20th Century.  In the 1970s builders started phasing out use of asbestos-containing materials.  Although it is still legal for manufacturers to sell asbestos products today and it continues to be used in automobile brakes, houses built in the past 20 years do not include asbestos.  Legacy asbestos from decades ago remains a potential hazard in older buildings.  Experts in the health effects of asbestos recommend that only professionals remove old asbestos products from buildings.

Home building products manufactured today do not contain asbestos, however, this is not the case for products manufactured prior to the mid 1970s. Many people remodeled or removed these products themselves, often without adequate protection. In the course of this work, products were cut, torn, sawed, scraped, sanded or had deteriorated to the point where dangerous fibers were released into the air and inhaled. Common asbestos products found in older homes include:

Elevated levels can occur in homes where asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed.  It is best to leave undamaged asbestos material alone if it is not likely to be disturbed.

Epithelial mesothelioma cancer is caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers.  The tumor develops on the mesothelium, the lining of the body’s internal cavities. The Centers for Disease Control counted 18000 mesothelioma deaths in the United States over the seven-year period from 1999 to 2005, with 2704 deaths in 2005. During this period the annual death rate was about 14 per million.

The agency expects the number of mesothelioma deaths to peak in 2010, and to begin to decline, as the improvements in safety and reduction in asbestos use instituted decades ago payoff. The latency period of malignant mesothelioma can be decades, so even though asbestos is used less widely today, people continue to get mesothelioma due to their exposure in the past.

For more information, please see www.mesotheliomaweb.org

For more information about the symptoms of mesothelioma, please see Mesothelioma Symptoms.


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Polo & Associates Home Inspections, LLC
1656 Littleton Rd
Morris Plains, NJ

Phone: (973) 539-0715
Fax: (973) 326-1551

Email: davidpolo@verizon.net

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