The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2013-09-19T04:51:13Z Asbestos findings in home inspections 2013-09-19T04:51:13Z asbestos-findings-in-home-inspections One quarter of all safety hazards identified by Jim’s Building Inspectors, during their pre-purchase building inspections, are related to Asbestos.  Whilst these survey findings support recent media coverage of Asbestos concerns among home owners and renovators, Jim’s Building Inspections supports the position of the Australian Asbestos Network that its presence alone does not mean residents will get an Asbestos related disease. “The most important thing is that home owners, property managers and tenants are aware that Asbestos Containing Materials are present so they can be vigilant about its management, especially when considering maintenance requirements and renovations,” said Suzanne Commerford, Director of Jim’s Building Inspections. “It is when the Asbestos Containing Material is found in a damaged or degraded condition or it’s in a high risk environment, such as frequently trafficked areas and exposed to the elements, which is of greatest concern.” The prevalence of the Jim’s Building Inspections asbestos findings correlate to the age profile of the houses inspected.  “Many of the houses we inspect do fall into that age range of 1945 – 1980.  This is the construction period considered by the Australian Government to be highly likely that Asbestos Containing Materials are present.” The Australian Government reports that it is likely buildings built between the mid-1980s and up to 1990 contain Asbestos and the risk drops significantly for any buildings constructed after 1990, they are considered unlikely to contain Asbestos. “Earlier this year we responded to the rising level of home owner concern by introducing Asbestos inspection and condition auditing services.” Jim’s Building Inspections attends buildings, either as a standalone inspection service or as part of a pre-purchase inspection, identify building elements that are at risk of containing Asbestos, with permission, safely take samples and arrange analysis to confirm the findings and also provide a report with information about the condition of the Asbestos and recommendation’s for action. “In many circumstances, leaving Asbestos alone is the best course of action and importantly we are not aligned with any Asbestos removal companies who may have a vested interest in overstating the situation.” Jim’s Building inspections recommends that an Asbestos Inspection and Report be undertaken: ·         1) As part of your pre-purchase building inspections ·        2)  By rental property owners and property managers before tenanting properties ·         3) By managers of workplaces needing registers and management plans for compliance      For more information see the Australian Asbestos Network website or contact your  state authority.            For details of the Jim’s Building Inspection survey findings and other Asbestos related services, call 131 546.   19th September 2013                                                                                                         High Res Images Available Electrical Hazards in Homes for Sale are Common 2013-09-12T01:23:50Z electrical-hazards-in-homes-for-sale-are-common Jim’s Building Inspectors estimate that a serious safety hazard is present in one out of every three homes they inspect prior to purchase.   With more than 500 building inspections conducted each month nationally, the Jim’s inspectors are well placed to comment.  Alarmingly the recent survey results uncovered that the most common safety hazard was electrical. “Whilst we always refer suspected electrical hazards onto a licensed electrician for further investigation, it is concerning that approximately 40 per cent of all safety hazards identified by our Inspectors are electrical in nature,” said Suzanne Commerford Director of Jim’s Building Inspections. Examples provided by inspectors included substandard wiring and works, absence of safety switches and aged, degraded or damaged electrical wiring, fittings and fixtures.  “We commonly see poorly installed down lights in renovations and extensions that can be a potential fire hazard in roof spaces as well as older homes that simply have damaged and degraded wiring.” Whilst this can represent a significant potential expense to the home buyer, combined with the inconvenience of needing to re-wire the home, more importantly it is a significant safety hazard to the occupants. Energy Safe Victoria, along with similar bodies interstate, advise home owners to have an electrical inspection on any home built before 1980 and Jim’s advises it’s a critical consideration prior to buying a home. Fire Brigades respond to more than 300 domestic electrical fires each year, Energy Safe Victoria identified.  Many of these fires are caused by old wiring that has degraded or is unable to cope with the demands of modern electrical equipment including flat screen TVs, air conditioners and computers. Contact with this type of aged and degraded wiring can be fatal and a man was killed in 2010, when he touched old split metal conduit while installing an aerial.  If you are buying a home that is more than 30years old you should ensure the wiring is checked. “If you are considering buying a home, a building inspection is critical,” said Suzanne.  “Importantly consumers should be cautious as electrical wiring is generally excluded from routine pre-purchase inspections.  It’s why we offer premium inspection services where we ensure all electrical, plumbing and gas systems have been checked as well as the buildings overall condition and structures.” For more information see the Energy Safe Victoria website or contact your local state authority.  For details of the Jim’s Building Inspections Australia survey, call 131 546. 12th September 2013