RHP’s team of licensed inspectors conduct asbestos inspections of single-family and multi-family residential structures including apartment and condominium buildings. RHP professionals stay abreast of local, state and federal regulations and evolves with changes and industry trends.

To assess if a building material is asbestos containing, the suspect material should be sampled and analyzed at an accredited laboratory. RHP can conduct sampling during building inspections or conduct a targeted survey of specific materials within an area of interest.

Reasons for an Asbestos Inspection

Real Property Transaction Due Diligence – During a real estate/real property transaction, a general home inspection is typically conducted which identifies deficiencies within the home or unit and provides recommendations. In structures of particular age or class, asbestos can be identified in a home inspection report as an item to have assessed by a professional. RHP’s inspectors have the expertise to assess the cited material(s) of concern and sample as necessary or provide guidance on next steps.

Demolition or Renovation – National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requires a thorough asbestos inspection be conducted in multi-unit residential buildings containing 5 or more units prior to demolition. This federal standard requires a limited inspection be conducted prior to renovation of a building where materials will be disturbed. NESHAP does not apply to single-family homes or multi-family dwellings with 4 units or less but some local city, county, municipality, such as Cook County, IL, have requirements that are similar to NESHAP related to demolition or renovation projects. Building or demolition permits often require an inspection report from a licensed asbestos building inspector.

Urgent Cleanup/Restoration – In emergency situations such as a flood, storm or fire, building materials or debris such as asbestos may be overlooked. Whether the building material of concern has been damaged or is scheduled to be disturbed or removed during a restoration process, it is important for a trained asbestos building inspector to assess the material and situation to develop an appropriate mitigation plan. Sampling of suspected ACMs within the affected area and quick lab results may be required for a swift resolution to a difficult situation. 

Flooring Replacement – Large flooring contractors such Home Depot and Luna/Empire maintain corporate policies that require homeowners to verify their existing flooring is not asbestos containing prior to contract workers removing or disturbing any building materials including flooringA sample of the flooring and associated mastic (adhesive) is usually all that is needed to resolve the matter. RHP’s inspectors can collect samples of the flooring materials and results are often provided the same day to keep the project moving along.

RHP's Exposure Sciences Laboratory

RHP’s Exposure Sciences Laboratory (ESL), located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for PLM asbestos analysis.

For further references and RHP White Papers on the topic, see: rhprisk.com/white-papers

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