The Most Common and Uncommon Places You’ll Find Asbestos
The risks associated with asbestos exposure may be higher than you think. This is because asbestos isn’t completely banned in the USA and still being used in several products. There are only 55 countries that have banned the use of asbestos completely, while others are still mining and producing large numbers of it each year.
If you are planning to undertake some home improvement activities, it is important that you know where asbestos is hiding in your home, and then take safety measures accordingly.
Here are some of the common and not so common places where asbestos may be present in your home:
If your roof was laid before the 1970s, then there are high chances that it contains asbestos.
The roof is one of the most common places where asbestos is found, and generally, all asbestos removal contractors start from the roof.
Flooring materials, such as vinyl and tiles, contain friable asbestos to make them more durable. Friable asbestos is extremely soft and can crumble when touched. Because of its loose structure, its particles can easily become airborne, causing a risk of asbestos inhalation.
Asbestos flooring materials were used extensively in the 1960s, however, there are certain manufacturers who still use asbestos in their floor tiles.
Bounded compounds are usually made from a mixture of cement and asbestos. It is used as an external covering or for repair patches. Since this compound is extremely durable and tightly bound, it doesn’t let asbestos particle into the air and is less dangerous than other asbestos materials.
However, if these bounded compounds are worn out and damaged, then they do pose a risk of exposure.
Home appliances such as hair dryers, crock pots, stoves, ironing board and fume hood are some places where asbestos is usually found.
Several automotive parts do contain asbestos to make them more durable.
These parts include brake pads, transmission plates, clutch linings, and any other high-friction part.
Some other places that may contain asbestos include:
- Cable coatings
- Piping materials
- Insulating materials
The only way to be sure where asbestos is hiding in your home is having your home tested for asbestos.
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