If you own an old building, there is a good chance that it contains asbestos. Asbestos is a hazardous material that was once commonly used in construction. If disturbed, asbestos can release fibers into the air that can cause serious health problems. So, here are some things to pay attention to in and around your building. If you’re unsure about your building, then it’s time to call Inspect360 for an inspection.
1. Vinyl or Rubber Flooring
Many older buildings still have lingering asbestos in the flooring. Vinyl or rubber flooring materials were once backed by millboard or paper. This is especially the case in structures built between 1952 and 1986. For almost three decades, office buildings, warehouses, and storage buildings were outfitted with this type of flooring, and many of them remain today.
2. Cement Water Tank
Another common type of asbestos-containing material is cement water tanks. These tanks are often found in older homes, but we find them in older commercial buildings as well. And if these tanks aren’t well-maintained, the water can pose a serious health risk. Asbestos fibers can become airborne and inhaled, which can lead to a number of serious health problems, including lung cancer.
3. Old Insulation
At one point, insulation around piping and in boiler rooms contained nothing but asbestos. That’s because it’s an effective heat and fire-resistant material. If you suspect that your insulation might contain asbestos, it is important to have it professionally tested before attempting to remove it yourself. Some other signs that your insulation may contain asbestos include deteriorating insulation, insulation that is loose or falling apart, and insulation that has been disturbed or wetted.
Call for Your Commerical Inspection
If you’re worried about the integrity of your commercial building or are interested in a new property purchase, call Inspect360. We know a lot about the older buildings built here in Dallas, TX, and we know just want to look for when it comes to asbestos. We can even inspect for termites, check your sewer pipes, and inspect your sprinkler system. So, call us today at (877) 754-0360.