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Why Asbestos is still found in Homes?

Asbestos is a natural fiber that has been used by humans throughout history. Its traces can be found in the Stone Age, around 750,000 years ago.

Asbestos has several benefits, which is why it became a staple ingredient in the Industrial Age as well. It is incredibly durable and has fire resistance properties, and works well as an insulation surface.

After cases of lung cancers and other health problems associated with asbestos exposure became widespread, bans started to initiate and its use started to reduce. Some people believe that asbestos is completely banned; however that it isn’t the truth.

Here are some reasons why asbestos is still found in homes:

Asbestos isn’t Completely Banned

Asbestos is not yet completely banned from use, and there are countries which are using it extensively today.

There are only 55 countries that have completely banned the use of asbestos, and the USA isn’t one of them. Some of the countries include Japan, Australia, and the entire European Union.

The countries that are adamant about using asbestos include China, Russia, and India. Therefore, certain products that are imported from these countries still contain asbestos.

Houses Built before the 1970s

There are still a lot of gray areas when it comes to asbestos ban in the US.  Although the US government did out a complete ban on the use of asbestos in the 1970s, it failed to stop the use of asbestos.

However, the government was successful in shutting down all asbestos mines, which stopped the widespread use of asbestos in construction materials. However, houses that were built before the 1970s still have a high amount of asbestos because it was extensively used in construction materials at that time.

Therefore, houses that were built before the 1970s and never had asbestos removal activities contain asbestos, generally in the following areas:

  • Floor Tiles
  • Roof
  • Insulation
  • Gaskets

Products Still Manufactured With Asbestos

Since there isn’t a complete ban on the use of asbestos, there are certain brands that still use asbestos. However, they have to declare it openly so that buyers are aware that they are getting asbestos installed based products in their homes.

For example, Armstrong World Industries Inc. and Congoleum Corporation are two manufacturers who use asbestos in the floor tiles that they manufacture.

Similarly, Bondex International Inc. and Atlas Asbestos are some of the cement manufacturers who still use asbestos to make their cement more durable, fire-resistant and insulated.

Since asbestos is still a major threat for homeowners, there is a dire need for environmental assessment companies. Visit our website or dial (610) 497-7162 to get in touch with us and get an asbestos abatement assessment report for your home.