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Jackie, Home Buyer in Long Island, KS

I want to purchase a home on Long Island, NY. There is abpestos around the duct work, water line, and

Asked by Jackie, Long Island, KS Wed Feb 6, 2008

basement floor. Does the owner need to remove it before selling the home?

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Your local home inspector in Suffolk County, Housemaster answers your question below.
Asbestos(EPA recommendation)
If the asbestos material is in good shape and will not be disturbed, do nothing! If it is a problem, there are two types of corrections: repair and removal.
Repair usually involves either sealing or covering asbestos material.
• Sealing (encapsulation) involves treating the material with a sealant that either binds the asbestos fibers together or coats the material so fibers are not released. Pipe, furnace, and boiler insulation can sometimes be repaired this way. This should be done only by a professional trained to handle asbestos safely.
• Covering (enclosure) involves placing something over or around the material that contains asbestos to prevent release of fibers. Exposed insulated piping may be covered with a protective wrap or jacket.
With any type of repair, the asbestos remains in place. Repair is usually cheaper than removal, but it may make later removal of asbestos, if necessary, more difficult and costly. Repairs can either be major or minor.
Contact : Matt kaplan
Company: Housemaster Home Inspection of Suffolk county 800-805-1122
Email: mkaplan@housemaster.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 3, 2008
Asbestos (at least in Long Island) is an environmental issue and is the responsibility of the seller. Removal is not always recommended; it depends where it is found and what type it is. Sometimes it is encapsulated instead.

Certainly a certified asbestos company should do the inspection, recommendation and remediations.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 7, 2008
To the best of my knowledge and experience, especially in a single family home, the owner does not have to remove it but they have to disclose it (Part of NYS Property Condition Disclosure) if known. Same with other hazardous materials including lead based paint. Some lenders may require removal or remediation. Actually, it is may be more hazardous to remove it than it would be to leave it and encapsulate it. If you discovered it as a result of a home inspection and notify the seller or seller's agent and attorney of its presence, you can ask that it be removed by a licensed Asbestos Removal Contractor but, they may not agree. You should discuss it with an attorney and see what your legal recourse is depending on what stage of the contract you are in. For more information you can call the EPA or check this site out for more information; http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/ei/eiasbest.shtml
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 6, 2008
I would insist on the removal. If he refuses, then get a quote on it and ask for a credit at the closing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 6, 2008
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