Commercial properties must abide by different laws and regulations than those of residential properties. If you own a building, under certain circumstances, you are required to test for asbestos. Below, Colorado Hazardous Environmental will explain when you are required to test for asbestos.
If My Building was Constructed During the 80s, does it need testing?
YES! Asbestos-containing materials were still being used during the 80s. There is a common misconception that states the United States banned asbestos. There are tighter regulations and laws, but asbestos is still used in some products. It is still likely that your commercial property contains asbestos even if it was built in the 80s. Asbestos was used in many types of building materials, including:
• Popcorn Ceilings
• Textured Paint
Asbestos was used in the above materials because it was cost-effective, durable, and heat resistant.
Remodeling or Demolition
Remodeling and demolition on commercial properties always carry precautions, but there are laws and regulations governing demolition and remodels of older buildings. Older buildings must be tested for asbestos before any type of remodel or demolition can occur. If there is asbestos located on the property, you will need to have it removed by a certified asbestos removal company.
Certified asbestos removal contractors use specialized equipment when removing asbestos. It is illegal to remove asbestos without the proper licenses. They will also have respirators, suits, and equipment to seal off areas they are working in. Once removed, the asbestos must be disposed of in a safe manner. There are certain restrictions and licenses needed to dispose of asbestos. Asbestos is very hazardous and can cause cancer and even death. For this reason, you should have your commercial property tested for asbestos before doing any remodels, major renovations, or demolition.