How do I know if my home contains any asbestos containing materials (e.g. vinyl flooring, flooring tile, popcorn ceiling, HVAC ducts, shingles, siding, etc.)
The only certain way to know what building materials contain asbestos is to sample each suspect material individually. As a state and epa certified inspection company, EnvioCore is able to dig into the suspect building materials, collect the appropriate samples as required by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment). We then will provide you a detailed report that will outline all the findings for the suspect materials. With our report you are able to apply for all building permits (Flooring replacement, Renovation, Demolition, Rehab, Restoration, etc.) Here is a list of suspect building materials.
I have applied for my building permit but know the city/county is asking for an asbestos inspection?
This is a normal request from the local cities and counties. They are required by the state of Colorado to ask for this information. Here is a link to the state bulletin explaining the general requirements.
The age of my home is newer do I still need to test for asbestos? I thought asbestos was banned and it was properties that were built before 1978?
According to the state of Colorado ALL properties need to be inspected according to the below regulation. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/AP_ASB-RenovationDemolition.pdf
The confusing part is the most confusing part so we have added this link to help explain the timeline of Bans on Asbestos containing materials.
This link is from the EPA for Banned/Non-Banned materials. http://www2.epa.gov/asbestos/us-federal-bans-asbestos
There are multiple resources for the effects of asbestos. The primary concern with asbestos is respiratory/lung issues.
EnvioCore is certified to perform ALL asbestos INSPECTIONS ranging from Demolitions,Renovations, Restoration work, Building permits, etc. We are NOT certified to abate or remove any of the asbestos. EnvioCore works with many of the local asbestos companies and can recommend companies that have shown good abatement practices.
Our certification # as a company is 21660, Registered under the name EnvioCore.
Asbestos that is in good condition and left undisturbed is unlikely to present a health risk. The risks from asbestos occur when it is damaged or disturbed where asbestos fibers become airborne and can be inhaled. Managing asbestos in place and maintaining it in good repair is often the best approach.
You can perform an internet search for “asbestos contractor” and the location of your home. Contact your state to determine what state training and accreditation requirements may exist for both the contractor and their workers. EPA recommends that you use an asbestos contractor that is properly trained to handle asbestos.
If you have vermiculite insulation in your home, you should assume this material may be contaminated with asbestos and be aware of steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from exposure to asbestos. The EPA recommends that vermiculite insulation be left undisturbed.
Airborne asbestos fibers present a health risk through inhalation, so the first step is to not disturb the material, which could release fibers into the air. If you disturb the insulation, you may inhale some asbestos fibers. The degree of health risk depends on how much and how often this occurred.
If you choose to remove the vermiculite insulation, this work should be done by a trained and accredited asbestos abatement contractor that is separate and independent from the company that performed the assessment of the vermiculite insulation to avoid any conflict of interest.
EPA’s investigation (see report) into these products indicates that consumers face only a minimal health risk from using vermiculite products at home or in their gardens.
To further reduce the risk associated with the occasional use of vermiculite products during gardening activities, EPA recommends that consumers:
• Use vermiculite outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
• Avoid creating dust by keeping vermiculite damp during use.
• Avoid bringing dust into the home on clothing.
Although EPA does not endorse the use of any particular product, consumers may choose to use:
• Premixed potting soils, which ordinarily contain more moisture and less vermiculite than pure
vermiculite products and are less likely to generate dust.
• Soil amendment materials other than vermiculite, such as peat, sawdust, perlite, or bark.
To become a properly trained and accredited asbestos professional you will need to seek training from a training provider that offers courses approved by the EPA or a state to conduct asbestos training pursuant to the Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan. Most states also require a license to perform this work. Your training course completion certificate is a general prerequisite to applying for such a license. The training courses vary in length from 2 to 5 days depending upon the type of work you wish to perform. Accredited asbestos training courses are offered in five separate disciplines; Asbestos Abatement Worker, Asbestos Abatement Supervisor, Inspector, Management Planner and Project Designer. Some states may refer to these training disciplines by different, yet similar names.
You can perform an internet search for “asbestos inspection and assessment” and the location of your home. Also, make sure that the inspector is properly trained and accredited by your state.
It’s not possible for you to tell whether a material in your home contains asbestos simply by looking at it. If you suspect a material within your home might contain asbestos (for example floor tile, ceiling tile or old pipe wrap) and the material is damaged (fraying or falling apart) or if you are planning on performing a renovation that would disturb the material, the EPA recommends that you have it sampled by a properly trained and accredited asbestos professional (inspector). The professional then should use a qualified laboratory to perform the asbestos analysis. Also, you may learn more about whether the replacement materials you intend to install might possibly casbestos by reading the product labels, calling the manufacturer, or by asking if your retaileprovide you with the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the product(s) in question.
Molds are organisms which are neither plant nor animal. They are part of the fungi kingdom.
Unlike plants, molds do not get their energy from the sun through photosynthesis. In fact the sun’s ultraviolet light inhibits mold growth.
Some places where mold likes to grow in the home include carpet, paper, clothes, leather, drywall, wood, insulation and food.
Mold can affect the health of people who are exposed to it. People are mainly exposed to mold by breathing spores or other tiny fragments. People can also be exposed through skin contact with mold contaminants (for example, by touching moldy surfaces) and by swallowing it. The type and severity of health effects that mold may produce are usually difficult to predict. The risks can vary greatly from one location to another, over time and from person to person.
The most practical way to find a mold problem is by using your eyes to look for mold growth and by using your nose to locate the source of a suspicious odor. If you see mold or if there is an earthy or musty smell, you should assume a mold problem exists. Other clues are signs of excess moisture or the worsening of allergy-like symptoms.
Look for visible mold growth (may appear cottony, velvety, granular or leathery and have varied colors of white, gray, brown, black, yellow, green). Mold often appears as discoloration, staining or fuzzy growth on the surface of building materials or furnishings.
Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the most hazardous sources of lead for U.S. children. Lead-based paints were banned for use in housing in 1978. All houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint. However, it is the deterioration of this paint that causes a problem
Heavily-leaded paint was used in most homes built before the 1950s, with lower levels of lead used until 1977. In 1978, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of lead-based paint in housing.
Lead paint or lead-based paint is paint containing lead. As pigment, lead(II) chromate (PbCrO4, “chrome yellow”) and lead(II) carbonate (PbCO3, “white lead”) are the most common forms. Lead is added to paint to speed up drying, increase durability, maintain a fresh appearance, and resist moisture that causes corrosion.
Paints used in the home contain potentially harmful chemicals such as solvents and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- (CDPHE) Colorado Department of Health and Environment – Asbestos Regulation Overview
- (CDPHE) Colorado Department of Health and Environment – Permits/Forms/Regulations/Waste
- (CDPHE) Colorado Department of Health and Environment – Colorado Asbestos Regulation 8, Part B
- (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency
- EPA Hazard Summary
- (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency – U.S. Federal Bans on Asbestos
- (AHERA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
- (NESHAP) National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
- CDPHE Demolition Notification Application
- United States Geological Survey (USGS)
- United States Department of Labor
- Chrysotile Institute
- American Thoracic Society
- Whole Building Design Guide
- National Institute of Building Sciences
- Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (Toxicological Profile for Asbestos)
- Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (Index)
- Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ToxFAQs)
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