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M.Ota, Home Buyer in Queens, NY

old apartment building may contain asbesto?

Asked by M.Ota, Queens, NY Thu Dec 29, 2011

I may ended up buy coop that built at 1930 ~1950. Do the most buildings may contain asbesto ?

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Yael Shanee’s answer
Most people think that if they buy a new home or build a new building that they couldn't possibly contain asbestos. Sorry, but they still mine asbestos today and in our global economy we are still importing building products that contain asbestos. If you build a building on Monday and want to tear it down on Tuesday you must perform an asbestos survey to locate all regulated asbestos containing materials. So you are not exempt from the regulations just because your building is new.

It must be sampled by a Certified Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialist and analyzed by a laboratory for asbestos content. The EPA and the department of Health both agree that any building material with asbestos content above 1% is to be considered asbestos containing material. OSHA on the other hand defines asbestos as asbestos, there is no cut off for 1%. This can get tricky, so the bottom line is "if there is asbestos at any percent you must follow the OSHA standards, but if it is above 1% then you must comply with OSHA, EPA, and the Department of Health".
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Any licensed home inspector can inspect and verify any asbestos presence; therefore if you are concerned about the issue do conduct an inspection; for additional asbestos information see link below.
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All buildings at that time period were built with asbestos. The concern is when repairs are done. Your home inspector will tell you if repairs are going to be needed in the near future. Only certified professionals can remove asbestos in NYC so that it is done correctly and has no effect on the residents.
If you need a referral to a good home inspecotr let me know.
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Yes alot of buildings during this time frame contain asbestos. Get a inspector that can test for asbestos during your inspection contingency period.

Good Luck!
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only home inspector will tell. are you planning to sell yours.

firdos k
referrals are welcome
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