The dangers of asbestos have been all over the news and in the media, but do you know where it could be lurking in your home? Did you know that asbestos fibers are small and cannot be seen, making them easily ingested? Did you know symptoms of asbestos exposure often don’t happen for decades? These are all very alarming facts. Asbestos-containing materials could be inside your home, and you would never know. While asbestos fibers are not widely used anymore, even some newer homes have been found to have asbestos. The only way to know for sure is to have your home tested by an asbestos professional. Below we will discuss the most common areas of your home that could contain asbestos.
Insulation has been the number one place that we find asbestos. Insulation needs to be durable and heat resistant. These are two reasons asbestos fibers were used in insulation. It is easily bonded with other materials and is perfect for insulation.
Roofing and Tile
Shingles and tile are often found to have asbestos fibers. Your roof’s shingles are in the sun all day, meaning they need to be able to withstand the heat. Asbestos is known for its heat resistant capabilities. It is also very sturdy and meant to withstand wear and tear. This makes asbestos perfect for tile flooring and roofing.
Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Paint
Popcorn ceilings and textured paint were all the rage and was used in many homes. However, all popcorn ceilings have asbestos. Most textured paints that were used in older homes also contain asbestos.
Wallpaper is common inside homes, and often times contains asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are not only perfect adhesives, it is also durable to ensure the wallpaper holds up over time.
Many types of glues and other adhesive have been known to contain asbestos. This was used on wallpaper, in caulking, and different types of adhesives.
Asbestos is not used in most products today, but if you live in an older home, you should take the time to have it tested for asbestos. This is for your safety and peace of mind.