Ready To Improve Your Older Commercial Property? Make Sure Asbestos And Lead Aren't A Problem First

12 June 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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If you've owned an older commercial property for years and you've decided you want to start making some renovations, you'll want to do some testing before you start taking down walls or tearing up floors. You have to make sure there aren't any dangerous toxins below the surface of the building and in the walls, and that they aren't exposed when you start to renovate, which could potentially harm the renovation workers, you and your staff. If you've never had the building tested, have an inspection completed to look for the following.

Lead

There are a variety of places where lead could be hiding in the building, like in the paint or plaster on the walls, or even in the pipes throughout the plumbing. Have the walls and building materials tested for lead to see if lead is going to be exposed during the renovations, and you should ask to have the water tested to see if lead pipes are a problem as well. If you have to move plumbing, and walls, lead could be a dangerous problem when it is inhaled or when it's ingested in the body. Organ failure, infertility, miscarriage, fetal birth defects and anemia are just a few of the health problems that can occur.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was used to help make construction and building materials stronger throughout the 20th century, and after time it can cause a lot of health problems if inhaled. It can cause lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma and other lung and respiratory problems. The asbestos can be found in siding, insulation, the ducts and other areas throughout buildings. The experts will come in and test the property, and then you'll decide if you want to have it removed or abated before you start your renovations. It may be easiest to remove it while you already have renovation contractors on the property.

Removing the asbestos and the lead is going to help make the building safer, and it's going to improve the property value of the building if you have it appraised or you try to sell it in the future. Talk with the necessary building inspectors and renovation contractors before you start any projects to improve your commercial space. You don't want to start a project and then find out that there is a lot of hazards that are already airborne and exposed around the property. To learn more, contact a company like American Abatement