I had a building report in Silverdale that needed to be investigated. The Silverdale Real Estate market is hot right now, so many current residents are looking for their new home. Many are attracted by the “for sale by owner” signs along the highways. I am not an owner, but I am a seller and I wanted to see if the sellers who were advertising in the market were telling the truth about the state of the property they were advertising for sale. So, I went to Jim’s building inspector office and scheduled a free asbestos testing and structural inspection to find out more about the building.
The Silverdale building department put out a building inspection report, which you can find at the link below. It was a pretty comprehensive report on the structure of the building, including the framing, interior walls, doors, windows, ceiling, floors, plumbing and electrical systems. I wanted to review the report in detail to see if there was anything I could write an article about. My main focus was to see if the information on building report in Silverdale is accurate and to see if the structural engineer’s comments were accurate. If there were things I needed to verify, I would have called the structural engineer to find out.
During the structural engineering inspection, one of the engineers stated that the only way to remove asbestos from the interior of the house is to have it cut into smaller pieces and place those pieces into containers. I asked him how exactly does he do that. He said that he was not licensed to do that work, but he would go to the building’s owner and get permission. I already knew that because I was concerned about the safety of my family. If there was asbestos in the house, I could not sleep comfortably, breathe easily or be safe around it.
Jim’s Building Inspector actually found two places where asbestos had been detected during his inspection. One was located between the bathroom wall and ceiling. The other was located in the basement area. There was a column that went through the ceiling, which contained loose asbestos.
As soon as the structural engineer finished his inspection, he told me that the only option for him and his family would be to tear down the entire building. The column in the basement would have to be removed because it held asbestos. There were several other areas that contain asbestos, which would need to be removed. Jim was not willing to compromise his family’s health or his own safety to do what was right for everyone.
When the House Holds Review Hearing was held, the EPA representative spoke and provided answers to my concerns. She made it clear to me that she would be sure to have the asbestos removed from all areas of the house. It was obvious to me that the EPA representative didn’t want me to know about the condition of the house before they had completed their investigation. I felt duped and I called the EPA on my concerns about the asbestos.
I asked the EPA representative why they wouldn’t want me to see the building report in Silverdale prior to having them inspect the house. She explained to me that it is required by law that all occupants of the house are notified about the asbestos within the house. Additionally, the EPA states that they only handle debris removal and asbestos disposal. I asked her if she knew where the asbestos would be found if I asked to see the building inspection report in Silverdale. She replied, “I really don’t know”
Obviously, I wasn’t going to get a building report in Silverdale without asking to see the rest of the house. After she left the office, I followed up with the neighboring town hall to find out whether they too have such requirements or not. I was told, “I don’t have such information available to me”, although they did provide me with a phone number of an asbestos abatement company that would come to my home to take a look at the building. To get the best report, call Jim’s Building Inspections today!