A building inspection involves the following:
- Investigation of records (i.e. previous inspections, plans, specifications, etc.),
- Physical and visual inspection of the building,
- Sampling and analyzing suspect building materials, and
- Assessing the condition and location of the suspect materials.
Following the inspection, a report is prepared that must include the following information:
- Date of inspection,
- Name and signature of inspector,
- Location and description of each suspect material sampled,
- Sample information including specific location and lab results,
- Categorization of each suspect material,
- Designation of each suspect material,
- Inventory and physical assessment of each suspect material, and
- Copy of lab results.
All samples collected must be analyzed by a NIST accredited laboratory. Samples are analyzed by the appropriate protocol via PLM or TEM. SCDHEC requires a TEM test be performed for all non-friable organically bound material found negative via PLM. My lab of choice is CEI Labs of Cary, North Carolina (www.ceilabs.com/).