For three decades leading up to the 1980s, asbestos was a standard construction material in residential and commercial buildings. However, we quickly learned that this material could cause significant heart and lung problems as it starts to deteriorate. If you’re investing in an older property, you must know where asbestos could remain inside the structure. That’s where the team at Titans Commercial comes in! We specialize in commercial and residential property inspections, and we still find asbestos in these ordinary building materials.
A common hiding place for asbestos is around the pipes of an older home or building. During the construction of structures pre-1980, builders used a method called pipe lagging to insulate around pipes in the walls. An adhesive-soaked cloth made from asbestos was applied to help seal and protect these pipes within the walls.
2. Electrical Insulation
Asbestos is fluffy, which means it can help slow the transfer of heat from one object to another. That’s why it still remains within the insulation around electrical wiring in older buildings. Prior to the 1980s, asbestos paneling was thought to make electrical distribution easier and safer. However, electrical technology has advanced, and we’re now finding that removing these old panels is a safer option.
3. Boilers & Furnaces
You’d probably be hard-pressed to find a home with a boiler these days, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still sitting somewhere in a basement, covered in asbestos. Thanks to its ability to endure high-heat and high-combustible environments, asbestos lines the interior of boilers that are pre-1980. So, if you’re home or building still has a boiler, it’s time for an inspection and an upgrade.
Asbestos is a dangerous building material that still lingers in older structures. That’s why residents, contractors, and apartment complexes through Houston, TX, turn to the experts at Titans Commercial for all their inspection needs. Whether you need a new home inspection, an environmental inspection, or a construction project manager, we’ve got you covered. To get started, contact us today at (713) 741-3180.