Inspections & Environmental Review

STEP 4: INSPECTIONS & ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW

After your application is reviewed for eligibility and other disaster recovery funds received, you will be contacted by program inspectors to schedule inspections of your damaged property. These inspections will be used to confirm there are no environmental risks, verify damage received, and determine the estimated cost of remaining repairs. Additionally, all homes are required to receive an asbestos building survey, and homes constructed before 1978 are required to complete a lead-based paint assessment. Without completed inspections, the Program is unable to calculate your award, and you are unable to move forward in the Program.

Damage Inspection

During the damage inspection, a program representative will perform a detailed inspection of the interior and exterior of your home to determine what work remains, as well as what repairs have already been completed. All previously completed repairs will be documented in the Damage Repair Verification (DRV). As part of the damage inspection, the inspector will determine whether an additional structural inspection is needed. For properties located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), the inspector will also assess the elevation of the property and whether your home is elevated appropriately – to at least two feet above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) and/or the highest water mark, whichever is higher. The damage inspector will also create an itemized report of all remaining repair items, called the Estimated Cost of Repairs (ECR). The ECR is based on economy/standard-grade materials. Both the DRV and the ECR will be provided to you at the time of your award determination.

Lead-Based Paint Assessment

All homes constructed before 1978 are federally required to receive a lead-based paint risk assessment. If your home was built before 1978, the Program’s lead-based paint inspector will test your paint, take samples of the soil outside, and sample the dust on floors and windowsills inside. The assessor will need to inspect both the interior and exterior of the home.

Asbestos Building Survey

All homes must receive an asbestos building survey, which is required by federal law to ensure that damaged properties are free of hazardous, asbestos-containing materials that could affect the health of the people who occupy your home. During the asbestos building survey, the Program’s asbestos inspector will inspect your property and take samples to determine whether hazardous materials are present, as well as determine any needs for their disposal.

Environmental Review

An environmental review is the process of reviewing a construction project to ensure it does not result in adverse impacts to the environment or cultural heritage, while also ensuring there will be no adverse environmental impacts on the project. This review process ensures the construction project complies with federal environmental and historic preservation laws, statutes, and executive orders. As part of this review, an environmental site inspection is performed. An appointment will be made for the inspection. While an environmental inspector will require access to your property, they do not typically require entrance into your home unless structural access is specifically requested when the appointment is made.