Buying a Home: What You Need to Know

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014

Buying a home in Colorado? What you need to know regarding the asbestos regulations in Colorado.  Before you renovate or demolish a home in Colorado it must be inspected by a State Certified Asbestos Building Inspector according to Colorado Reg.8, Part B. This applies to every home, building, shed or other structure, no matter what the age. Homes more than 25 years old are especially at risk, as asbestos was much more common then.

Long-term exposure to asbestos can cause a number of fatal lung ailments and is usually relevant to persons who have worked around asbestos. The other way to receive a long-term exposure is to occupy a building were illicit renovation activities have occurred or where friable asbestos exists. Flippers are the biggest culprits when it comes to creating contaminated buildings. Flippers are persons who buy a property, do a quick renovation and resell for a quick profit. Watch out for homes that shows signs of flipper activity. These unsophisticated investors usually are unaware of asbestos hazards and laws or just don’t care. After all, you can’t see asbestos fibers.

Limited asbestos inspections are usually very affordable unless the house is very old and has been renovated considerably. We use a limited inspection process according to the guidelines of ASTM  E2308 for inspections during transactions. Renovation or demolition inspections follow the state guidelines contained in Section 8 of the asbestos regulations.

Recognizing Asbestos

Asbestos is contained in 1000’s of products. Some are still produced and imported into the U.S. to this day; hence Colorado’s stance on asbestos inspections. The following is a brief list of sources of asbestos that are commonly encountered in buildings.

    • Drywall Texturing
    • Floor Tiles
    • Flooring Backing
    • Linoleum Sheet Flooring
    • Cement Pipes
    • Cement Wall Board
    • Cement Siding
    • Construction Mastics, floor tile, carpet, ceiling tiles and more
    • Acoustical and Decorative Plaster
    • Textured Paints and Coatings
    • Ceiling Tiles and Lay-In Panels
    • Spray Applied Insulation
    • Blown-In Insulation
    • Fireproofing Materials
    • Taping Compounds
    • Packing Materials for Wall and Floor Penetrations
    • High-Temperature Gaskets
    • HVAC Duct Insulation
    • Boiler Insulation
    • Ductwork Flexible Fabric Connections
    • Pipe Insulation, Corrugated Air -Cell, Block Cell
    • Heating and Electrical Ducts
    • Electrical Panel Partitions
    • Electrical Cloth
    • Electrical Wiring Insulation
    • ChalkBoards
    • Roof Shingles
    • Roof Felts
    • Base Flashing
    • Fire doors
    • Caulking, Putties
    • Adhesives
    • Wall Board
    • Joint Compounds
    • Vinyl Wall Coverings
  • Spackling Compounds