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4 Reasons to Get Lead, Asbestos, & Mold Surveys

Problems such as water damage or fire damage can threaten your Colorado property and inhabitants. Those are visible and obvious. But what can be as much or more dangerous are invisible threats caused by lead, asbestos, and mold. Lead dust may damage the nervous system and cause neurological issues, asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other diseases, and mold spores may trigger asthma, allergies, or other respiratory problems, besides the growth itself causing physical damage to a building.

Because of these invisible threats, you should seriously consider having lead, asbestos, and mold surveys to safeguard your home or business from these hazardous materials. Sometimes, these surveys may be required by law. So let’s take a deeper dive into four reasons why these surveys should be completed.

1. Health Protection

Health Protection from Asbestos

As previously mentioned, lead, asbestos, and mold can all cause health problems. This is especially true when they’re disturbed by renovation, demolition, or construction. Lead and asbestos are almost always found in older buildings, while mold will grow almost anywhere there’s moisture. Since you don’t want to risk the health and well-being of your family, employees, or tenants, get these surveys completed.

2. Preventing Damage to Your Building

Mold can erode building materials because it feeds on organic matter. So when it’s found within walls (drywall), wallpaper, insulation, carpeting, etc., those materials will need to be removed. If moisture and mold problems are ignored, then you could also experience structural damage. For instance, a roof that’s been leaking for a while could cause mold to compromise walls and floors since it also feeds on wet wood. The longer this goes on, the costlier the repairs will be. Since mold usually grows in wet, dark, and poorly ventilated areas, it can be hard to find, another reason to have your property surveyed.

3. Protection Against Lawsuits

If you own rental property or a business, you want to protect the health of your tenants or employees. If you’re a neglectful property owner, then you could be sued by them if they’re exposed to lead, asbestos, or mold. So having a survey done is important, especially if you’re about to remodel or do any demolition which could release toxins into the air.

4. Compliance With the Law

Sometimes, surveys are required by law. For instance, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that local educational organizations must inspect school buildings for asbestos-containing materials and to create asbestos management plans. The EPA also compels companies and those involved in lead renovation, repair, and painting jobs that could disturb or tamper with lead-based paint in childcare facilities, preschools, and homes built before 1978 to be carried out only by lead-safe certified contractors.

How Often Should Surveys Be Done?

hen it comes to asbestos and lead, you’ll only need to be surveyed once as building materials containing those toxins are now rarely used. How often mold surveys are completed depends on how frequently any of these issues crop up:

  • Mold is seen or smelled (musty odors).
  • People are showing mold exposure symptoms.
  • You’ve had water damage due to leaks or flooding.
  • After mold remediation you want to confirm the problem has been solved.

Professional Lead, Asbestos and Mold Surveys in Colorado

Colorado’s Cyclone Kleen Up is a trusted provider of lead, asbestos, and mold surveys, as well as removal and abatement, for government and commercial buildings, health institutions, schools, and homes. We perform these services in Colorado Springs, Penrose, Salida, Pueblo, and throughout our service area. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.