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Asbestos may be present, no matter when your home was built.

Where Asbestos Lives in Your Home

Asbestos can be hidden in many places. Sampling and testing is necessary to determine if knocking down a wall or moving a pipe could lead to toxic exposure.

The most prevalent asbestos-containing materials, once used widely, are:

  • popcorn ceiling texture
  • dry wall, dry wall mud/texture,
  • linoleum,
  • heat-resistant fabrics,
  • attic and wall insulation,
  • roofing shingles,
  • hot water pipes coated with asbestos,

4 Steps to Remodeling Your Home Safely

1. Identify asbestos-containing materials before work begins.

2. If asbestos is present, proper abatement prevents exposure and safely removes asbestos from your home.

3. Clearance testing verifies your home is now safe.

4. It’s time to start your remodeling project!


Colorado Laws Regarding Asbestos Testing

Just as the local utility company advises property owners to “Call before you dig” to avoid digging into and damaging buried utility lines (gas, electric, cable, phone etc.) The CDPHE Regulation 8 outlines the laws for both homeowners and contractors (restoration, abatement, construction, demolition or remodeling) with regard to asbestos testing in Colorado, disturbing and/or removing materials that may contain asbestos.

Individuals failing to work according to the CDPHE regulations face legal action which may include severe fines.


CAUTION

*Never hire a contractor (restoration, abatement, construction, demolition or remodeling) who says it is permissible to remove building materials that have not been tested by a CDPHE certified company/technician. Asbestos testing in Colorado is mandatory. And, it’s a conflict of interest for that company to do their own testing: a third party should always be engaged.

*If asbestos is found in your property, hire a professional, state certified asbestos abatement contractor for removal. Contact us if you need a referral to a trusted partner.

*After asbestos has been properly removed, and a clearance test performed, you may proceed with your remodeling contractor of choice to finish putting your property back to normal.

While it isn’t regulated like asbestos, unchecked mold growth can have a negative effect on your health. The human body is the x-factor, because everyone reacts differently. Mold should be tested in every room to be sure there is not a harmful amount of mold for you to breathe.

When should you test for mold?

  • If your residence, commercial property, or building has had a flood, leak, or sewage back-up and third party restoration scope evaluation or clearance documentation is necessary (e.g. related to garment, content, HVAC, and structural contamination),
  • If you are experiencing foul, moldy or musty odors,
  • If you intend to purchase or lease ANY property,
  • If an individual(s) has been diagnosed with a disease or allergies that is or may be associated with a fungal exposure,
  • If there is evidence from a visual inspection or bulk sampling that the ventilation system may be contaminated. The purpose of such air monitoring is to assess the extent of contamination throughout a building.
  • If the presence of mold is suspected (e.g., musty odors) but cannot be identified by a visual inspection or bulk sampling (e.g., mold growth behind walls),
  • To identify specific fungal contaminants as part of a medical evaluation or occupant risk evaluation (e.g. occupants are experiencing symptoms which may be related to fungal exposure),
  • To evaluate the levels of airborne contamination:
    • Crawl spaces, for example, may have a number of unrelated fungal sources that are not readily observed.

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