I am looking at making an offer on a house that was built in the late 1950's and suspect that some of the flooring and ceiling tiles might have asbestos. What is the best way to find out if there is in fact asbestos in the house during inspections without being able to rip up floors etc.?
If it is covered up, you won't be able to see it. If you are really worried about it, make sure you have a proper inspection period and pay for an asbestos inspector. Some of these guys are out to sell you expensive treatments, so beware. If found, then get a proper quote. I would make a bet that a lot of minor asbestos gets ripped out improperly.
Before you do anything inspection wise, read up on asbestos. Not only the bad side, but the part that if undamaged and left alone, is not an issue.
Don't subscribe to the alarmist viewpoint.
That said, if you're planning on doing work on the house, or have materials that are chipping and fraying, it's worth bringing in a licensed abatement contractor to test and remove it.
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