Asbestos was used frequently in homes and businesses until the late 80s and early 90s. Unfortunately, asbestos is not banned in the United States and is still being found in newer properties. Home and business owners must know where asbestos could be hiding. Asbestos-containing materials can be found throughout homes and businesses, on the interior and the exterior. Below, we will discuss the everyday places we find asbestos.
Insulation is the number one material that was made with asbestos. Asbestos is heat resistant and exceptionally durable. This makes asbestos perfect for insulation. Asbestos was used for years in insulation, and we are still finding homes and businesses that have copious amounts of asbestos-containing insulation.
Tiles and Flooring
As we mentioned above, asbestos is a durable fiber. Flooring experiences a lot of traffic, and your flooring and tile needs to be durable, so asbestos was great. Older flooring may contain asbestos, so you should never attempt to remove it yourself.
Roofing shingles are exposed to the sun, rain, snow, and other elements each day. Asbestos, being heat resistant and durable, made it perfect for bonding roofing shingles together. If you have an older roof, it could have asbestos, making you at risk for asbestos exposure.
Textured Walls and Ceilings
Popcorn ceilings and textured walls were originally completed using asbestos. While this practice is not used anymore, it would be wise to have any textured areas of your home or business tested.
Drywall is used throughout your home or business and may contain asbestos. Asbestos was common as a bonding agent for drywall.
Older homes and businesses are at a greater risk of having asbestos, but we see newer properties containing asbestos. As a property owner, it is wise to have your home tested for asbestos. It not only shows your home or business is safe for future remodels, but it also ensures the safety of anyone entering your property!