Dear Barry, It's been three years since we bought our home, and we just discovered asbestos tiles under the basement carpet. Unfortunately, our home inspector did not report this. We regard his oversight as professional negligence and want to know if the waiver we signed absolves him from liability. And are we obligated to disclose the asbestos tiles to future buyers if we have them covered with laminate flooring? - Douglas Dear Douglas, The scope of a home inspection is to disclose conditions that are visible and accessible at the time of the inspection. If the asbestos tiles were covered with carpet, then they were beyond the scope of the inspection and the lack of disclosure would not constitute professional negligence. On the positive side, asbestos floor tiles are typically not friable. This means that they cannot be crumbled with normal hand pressure and are therefore not viewed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a significant health hazard. If the material is left as is, ...
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