Your home has a lot of different materials that were used during the building process. It is no surprise that your house could have asbestos in several different areas of the property. Asbestos Abatement Services wants you always to be prepared and knowledgeable of asbestos and its harmful effects. Below, we will discuss the top places you may find asbestos in the home.
Insulation in Walls and Attics
Insulation is the most commonly found asbestos-containing material. We see a lot of insulation that contains asbestos. Older homes are at more of a risk, as it was the first choice for insulation for decades. If your home is older and has not had the insulation replaced, it will likely contain the harmful fiber known as asbestos.
Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Walls
Popcorn ceilings and textured walls were popular during the 80s and 90s. Most homes were built with one or the other, or even both! Today, most textured walls are created using sand, but asbestos was the choice for many years. If your property contains popcorn ceiling or textured walls, contact an asbestos abatement professional before attempting removal.
Drywall is used for most walls in your home. It is a scary thought that all the walls in your home could contain asbestos, but this could very well be the case. Asbestos was used in all types of wallboards, including drywall and panels.
Gaskets For Hot Water Heaters and HVAC Units
Asbestos was used because of its resistance to heat. This made asbestos perfect for gaskets and other packings for HVAC units, hot water heaters, and other areas that could become hot.
Flooring, especially floor tiles, used asbestos fibers because they were durable and could stand up to the everyday wear and tear that flooring receives. If your property has older floor tiles, it is best to have them tested before removing them.
As we stated above, asbestos was used because it was heat resistant. This should come as no surprise that it was used in roofing shingles. We see roofing shingles on newer and older properties that contain asbestos.
If you are looking to remodel your older property, contact an asbestos professional for an inspection. Asbestos exposure can cause lasting effects on your health for years to come.